Have you ever heard the saying “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”?
Competition at interviews is often fierce, so even though you may have got an interview lined up, don’t waste the interviewers time or your time by not preparing thoroughly enough.
No matter what the level of the position is, recruitment not only takes time, but it also costs companies money, so that is why companies don’t just give jobs away! Therefore the company will always take on the person who is the right match for the job and impresses them the most in the interview.
If a candidate is extremely impressive at an initial interview, it is likely to reduce the amount of further interviews needed and hence people that really put in the extra effort may just need one interview and then get offered a job! Also the more outstanding that you are, the better salary that you are likely to be offered!
Here at Agricultural Recruitment Specialists, we have put together some of our top tips when preparing for that all important interview.
- Research, Research, Research. ” Interviewers want to know that you really want the job and have gone the extra mile in order to get it. Thoroughly take time to really understand the job specification, research the company, order company brochures, research its competitors, the market that they are in, go on LinkedIn, check out your interviewer s background, find some similarities so that you can discuss them in the interview to develop rapport with the interviewer. After all, people buy people and people that they like!
- Prove it! Interviewers always like to see proven successes and achievements in past roles. Are there any awards that you can take with you? Written recommendations/ commendations? A brag file? Proof of hitting/exceeding targets? Remember, you have to sell yourself!
- Presentation at the Ready! Prepare a presentation on why you are right for the role and why the role is right for you in your career plans. By having this prepared it is something that you can leave with them when you have left the interview that will make you stand out and they will be less likely to forget you when they may have interviewed numerous people for the role.
- It’s Question Time! Interviewers will want to see that you have really thought seriously about the job and so will have some intelligent questions about the position and company ready to ask them. Have your questions written down, so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting them.
- References. Great references always help at the interview stages. If you are successful, they will need them anyway, so beat them to it and once again justify what a great candidate that you are. It also may reduce the number of further interviews that you may need.
- Strengths & Weaknesses. A question often asked, but rarely answered effectively is “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Really prepare for this question and remember some weaknesses can also be seen as strengths!
- Dress appropriately. Not all roles will require a shirt and tie, but dress as appropriately as you can. Always make the extra effort where you can and be well groomed!
These are just a few of the tips that we can offer just at the first interview stage. That is why Agricultural Recruitment Specialists really do attract the best quality candidates in the agricultural market, as the candidates that have done their research into potential recruiters to represent them and give them good advice, will know that there really is no other agency to assist them quite as well as we do!
We look forward to securing you your perfect new job.