Top Tips for Face to Face Interview from Recruiter’s Perspective

A traditional face to face interview is the most trusted means of recruitment. A recruiter sees the interview as a way to get to know the shortlisted candidate, as well as the candidate’s suitability better, in order to gauge if the candidate is the right fit for the job. It’s important to remember that in a set period of time the recruiters are trying to assess whether you would be a good fit for their organisation. Would you add value to their organisation and particularly the role that is being applied for? These are the questions that the interviews have. Hence these are the questions that you need to ensure have a positive answer for when it comes to their views on you. Please see below our top tips for face to face interview from recruiter’s perspective.

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Top Tips for Face to Face Interview from recruiter’s perspective

There are many articles and points of guidance available for you to review to prepare for an interview. This article will look to help you as an interview candidate to consider the perspective of an interviewer. We hope this would help you to better prepare yourselves for the interview.

You already know that you need to be in an appropriate formal attire and to arrive early. You must ensure that you have planned your journey and contingency routes well in advance.

That is why we are going to focus more on how you can add value to the organisation that you are applying for. In addition, we’ll focus on how the organisation would benefit from having you as part of its teams.

The factors noted below are based on wider reading conducted for this area and more importantly feedback from active recruiters.

Before the Interview: The Job Role and how you satisfy all requirements

Firstly, have you thoroughly reviewed the job description and expected requirements of the role? Think about evidence or examples you can provide or demonstrate that you have or can meet all the of the requirements of the role. You must ensure that you demonstrate proficiency in all of the ‘essential’ requirements. If you cannot fully satisfy all of the ‘desirable’ requirements try to consider how you could develop going forward. This would ensure that you are competently addressing all of the desired requirements.

When looking through the job description think about the questions that you could be asked. If you are struggling to think of questions then put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer. If you were hiring for this role what questions would you have asked candidates to ensure that they were right for this role? Ensure that you can answer those questions with appropriate examples from your professional and academic experience. This would demonstrate your abilities in the right context.

Context and application would be the next key points of consideration. Try to ensure that you focus your answers on the requirements of the job. Apply your examples in the context of demonstrating your proficiency with the required skillsets of this role. Being able to refer to the job description and have sufficient knowledge of it is the key. It enables you to apply your answers in the context of the job requirements. This is something that is sure to impress interviewers.

Preparation yields progress and this should be your mantra before any interview.

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Top Tips for Face to Face Interview from recruiter’s perspective
Conduct Appropriate Background Research on the Organisation

Organisations would want employees that take pride in the organisation. A candidate, who at the very least understands the organisation, it’s relevant industry, its core values as well as key factors that could affect the organisation. As a prospective employee, it would be good if these were factors that you could be aware of. In addition, where applicable bring them into your discussions over the course of your interview.

Keep up to date with current affairs

Don’t forget to conduct an appropriate background research on the company. This would allow you to have a good idea about its relevant industry. Try to ensure that you keep yourself up to date with factors that can affect the relevant industry, the organisation and its competitors. This would give you further factors that you can discuss important the interview so that you can further demonstrate your diligence. In addition, this gives you something that you can ‘go to’ if you have moments where answers are not flowing as smoothly.

Many questions that interviews ask which are not pre-planned or normally linked to the candidate’s CV are based on the candidate’s answers over the course of the interview. 

During the Interview: Be Professional and Composed while demonstrating Enthusiasm

Ensure that you are polite, courteous and professional from the beginning. Remain polite with all of the staff and stakeholders that you interact with all the way through to the point of you leaving. The staff communicate with each other and you want to ensure that they all have a positive view of you.

Remain composed over the course of the interview. Take time to consider your answers. Do not be afraid to ask for clarity or context from questions asked or ask to have them repeated if you did not hear them clearly. A moment of clarity for you would work wonders for your answers. Stay professional and composed but do not act robotic.

Be yourself as you want them to hire you for you! Show the enthusiasm of your capabilities and desire for the role where possible.

It is normally advised to take notes over the course of the interview. If you feel comfortable doing so but be sure to be courteous and ask for permission to do so.

Body Language

Maintain appropriate eye contact with the interviewer(s). Remember to show eye contact and engagement with the entire panel rather than just one person if there are multiple interviews. It is common for someone to mainly look at a person that asked them a question. It’s important to remember that the entire panel is assessing you when there are multiple interviewers.

Try to maintain a professional posture. Ensure that you are sitting up appropriately but avoid being too rigid, while you want to be professional you also need to be comfortable.

Try not to overcomplicate it. When you start becoming overly concerned about what your hands are doing, how your feet are poised etc. you distract your attention away from what is important; your answers and how you present yourself.

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Top Tips for Face to Face Interview from recruiter’s perspective
Ensure that answers address the questions asked of you

One of the most frustrating aspects for interviewers are candidates who simply do not answer the questions asked of them. The question has been asked for a reason; it is to assess your suitability. Therefore too not answer a question clearly means that you are not demonstrating your suitability. It is okay to go off on the occasional tangent. If the tangent’s purpose is to further demonstrate your suitability for the overall job role. However, to just go off topic without context wastes time for the interviews and impedes your opportunity of obtaining the job. You can always ask for clarity and context during the interview but you cannot redeem yourself once the interview concludes. If you are in doubt ask to reconfirm the question (but try not to make a habit of this as you should be actively listening).

After the Interview: Reflection and Feedback

One of the best ways to aid your own development is Reflection. Honestly consider what went well from the interview and what could have been improved from your view. Think about how you can maintain those positive aspects in your next interview. Should you have or need one, and how can you develop of those areas noted for development. Where possible ask for feedback, whether or not you are successful. As quoted by many greats including Boris Becker, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions”. Take on board the feedback constructively. If there were areas of strength noted, take pride in those strengths and think about how you could maintain and enhance them. If there are areas of development noted, take them on board, do not be defensive about them, think about how these factors could be improved.

Good Luck in your interview preparations and conduct!

Signs of Depression at Work

During a festive time of the year, it is easy to overshadow difficulties that someone may be experiencing below the surface. At such a festive time, someone suffering from depression can inadvertently be made to feel very lonely. If everyone is joyful and you are supposed to be joyful but honestly don’t feel so, it can be a very lonely feeling indeed. Please find below more information about signs of depression at work. 

It’s natural to feel tired, overwhelmed or deflated from time to time. After all, our daily life consists of commitments, stresses and challenging factors. However, if not spotted and addressed in a timely and appropriate manner, what may have started as uneasiness, strain or fatigue can develop into something as serious as Depression. A workplace is known to be one of the main factors to affect our mental health. Workplace depression is one of the increasing concerns in the world of employment today.

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Depression at work: How can Employer help?

When an employee is depressed, it affects them, their performance as well as the environment and the people around them. A happy and healthy working environment is the key when it comes to mental health and employment. Therefore, employers can play a vital role in preventing depression in the workplace. It is important for employers to pay attention to their employee’s mental health. They are in the position to be the first to notice the signs that their member of staff may be experiencing depression symptoms.

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Depression at work: How can Employer help?

There are a number of things that employers and managers can do in order to reduce stress factors in the workplace. As well as provide help and support to the employees who suffer from depression.

Create a Happy and Healthy Working Environment

It’s important to be not only aware but to act effectively and appropriately if there’s a conflict or potentially hostile or unhappy working environment. It is the manager’s responsibility to reduce and resolve such conflicts and ensure a healthy, happy and productive working environment.

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Learn New Skills

Whether you are an established professional or someone new to the world of employment, you should always aim to continue learning and developing new skills. Even the most confident and successful individuals strive to continue their professional as well as personal growth. After all, to learn new skills means to open the doors for new opportunities.

Our skills, experience and personal characteristics are our greatest competitive advantage when it comes to employment. The more skills and knowledge we possess the higher chances to reach our goals.

In addition, a combination of different skills makes you a unique and often hard to replace talent. Generally, multi-skilled individuals are more adaptable and thus are more likely to add to their longevity in dynamic industries. Multi-skilled individuals have the freedom to move across different markets, as well as the freedom to change roles and working arrangements according to their personal circumstances and needs.

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Learn New Skills
A Hybrid Combination of Skills

A combination of several skills, especially skills in different areas of expertise, make you particularly attractive for the employers. Such candidates may combine a mixture or roles and responsibilities which create a unique, in a way, hybrid types of roles that only they can fulfil. An employer benefits from such candidates as they bring skills and value across several fields of operation. This can benefit the business on many levels. In its turn, the candidate becomes an invaluable asset to the organisation as they become hard to replace.

New Value-New Opportunities

Learning new skills enables you to become of a higher level of value within your organisation. Therefore, indirectly you increase your job security as your company may see you as harder to replace talent. Likewise, these skills may be noticed by similar institutions. Which may increase the likelihood of you being approached or headhunted.

Freedom to try new things

Having knowledge and skills in various fields, give you a great opportunity to try new careers and roles across different markets. It gives you the freedom to change your mind and try something new. In addition, it gives you the advantage to seek other employment across a wider range of opportunities. This is particularly important in case if you are being made redundant or if your personal circumstances change.

Ways to learn new skills

To help with your further learning and development it may be worthwhile to invest a bit of time to consider your options. If you are employed, look for training and development opportunities either within or sponsored/funded by your organisation. Even if you need to request for external training courses consider how your organisation may benefit from this course. This may increase the likelihood of the organisation to be willing to fund it.

In addition, to maintain the currency of knowledge consider relevant seminars and conferences. This would help you to maintain your relevant expertise in your field of work.

If you are someone who is seeking employment, you could consider courses that are online. There are a number of online courses that can genuinely add to both your skills set development and currency of knowledge. There are many options online and via various professional networks which provide cost-effective learning opportunities. Also, be sure to keep abreast with relevant current affairs.

Continues reflective practise

Continues reflective practice is something that often gets undervalued and underutilised as a method of development. Each day and each new experience bring lessons to learn from. You should always consider where you are strong and how to hone those strength. What is it that makes you good and how can you ensure high standards? Also, consider your areas of development. Where is it that you could honestly improve and how could you realistically achieve those improvements?

Another aspect of reflective development is to ensure that you not only learn from your experiences but also think about how you could learn from those around you.

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Learn New Skills

Do not be afraid to ask for help or ask for clarity on how things work. Furthermore, ensure that you actively listen and pay attention to those around you. Think about the conduct of those that you hold in high regard. As well as consider the skill sets they convey in both their soft and hard skills.

While you should never look to imitate someone as you are your own unique individual. You could always consider how you could also incorporate good practice that you’ve seen in others in your own conduct.

Impostor Syndrome

Do you find yourself feeling unworthy of a compliment or recognition? Do you feel like you constantly have to prove your worth out of fear that someone would say that you are not worthy? Does feeling like a fake, who fears to be caught out and unmasked at any point, sound familiar? In the world where achievements are so high on everyone’s agenda, these and many more feelings of such nature are known as Impostor Syndrome.

What is Impostor Syndrome?

An Imposter Syndrome is a profound feeling of self-doubt and fear that makes a successful individual feel like they are not worthy of their achievement, role, position or recognition. The self-doubt is so severe that it leaves an individual feel like a fake. You feel like you are not really the professional everyone sees in you. As it comes from the name, you feel as if you are an Impostor and at any point, you’d be caught and exposed.

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Competitive advantage and how you add value

The world of modern recruitment and employment is highly competitive. There are more and more factors that are now considered during the recruitment process. Whether you’d be selected and hired depends not only on the set of hard skills, such as education and training but also on your interpersonal skills. However, there’s more to this. Modern recruiters look for candidates who can bring more than just skills, they look for candidates who can bring value. Therefore it’s important to learn to recognise your competitive advantage and how you add value. 

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Competitive advantage and how you add value
Organisational culture and Environment

Organisations today  focus on creating and sustaining a healthy and happy working environment. Nowadays, more and more companies focus on their employee’s health and wellbeing. Therefore, a happy and healthy working environment is the key. The recruiters aim at selecting the right candidates for their organisation’s environment. These are the candidates who have a set of skills as well as unique personality traits and characteristics. These characteristics allow them to feel comfortable in the working environment they are about to join. As well as bringing value to the working environment they are about to become a part of.

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Benefits of Remote working

Working from home or in fact any other convenient and appropriate place outside the office environment is called Remote working. Remote working is one of the most popular trends in the modern world of employment and understandably so. It offers flexibility and time freedom, above all it offers a life style. Please find below some of the main benefits of remote working.

How it works

To work remotely means to stay free from the corporate office environment. You are free to travel or to meet with your friends during what would be normally considered working hours. In other words, you are free to use your time as you wish as long as you ensure to fulfil your employment obligations.

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Benefits of Remote working
Benefits of Remote working: Flexibility and Time Freedom

Flexibility is in the heart of remote working. This is one of the most attractive features of remote working as you are in control of your time. More and more people see value in remote working as such working conditions offer an opportunity to balance both work and life commitments.

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Tips for Graduate jobs

This is a busy time of the year for students who are looking for employment post-graduation. Therefore, it’s a good time to put forward some tips and hints about a job search for graduates. Please see below some helpful tips for graduate jobs and graduate recruitment route.

Fear of the unknown and alienation are often the reasons so many students and graduates experience some level of anxiety seeking employment. Although it’s natural to feel worried when starting a job search process, knowing what routes and supporting tools you can rely on is the key for a successful start. A Graduate recruitment route consists of several options.

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Signs it’s Time to Leave Your Job

Does waking up in the morning start to feel like a daunting routine? Do you dread for the weekend to end because Monday means going to work? From time to time we all experience a low point. It could be due to many reasons, including overexertion, stress, health problems or simply being in low spirits. A brief moment of melancholy is very common and we can all relate to feeling down every once in a while. However, if this feeling continues, it may be as a result of something persistent that needs to be addressed. It is not uncommon to feel that you are no longer suited or feeling sufficiently stimulated by your current employment. Please find below some major signs it’s time to leave your job.

You Regret going to work

Do you hate waking up in the morning? Not because you are not a ‘morning person’ or had a late night, but because you have to go to work. Regretting spending a day at work is one of the first alarming signs that you may need to change your job.

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Managing Job Search Expectations

Goals and aspirations are great motivators when it comes to starting a career. It’s important to know what you want to achieve as well as to be clear about what you don’t want. Therefore, managing job search expectations is a good way to understand your goals and stay on track of achieving your ambitions. Please see below some helpful tips about managing expectations when it comes to recruitment and employment.

A start is a start

Don’t write off entry-level opportunities. A lot of the time the best way to grow and progress in the company is from starting your career at an entry level. This could also benefit you as you progress within the company into more senior positions as you would have a great understanding and experience of operations across many various levels.

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Managing Job Search Expectations
Never too good for a job

There’s a difference between not wanting a particular job because it’s not a career you are passionate about in the long term, compared to thinking that you are too good for a certain role.

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