It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that 24 Seven interviews a lot of people day in and day out. In fact, it's one of our greatest strengths as a recruitment agency. With 20 years of experience under our belts, we've had our fair share of good interviews, bad interviews, awkward interviews and everything in between. So, we've gathered the very best interview tips from our recruiters about what to do and what not to do when preparing for an interview.
Interview tip #1 Do your research
This is a seemingly obvious interview tip, however the number of unprepared candidates that enter an interview expecting to land the job is astonishing. You should gather as much information about the company and the position you're interviewing for so you can leave a lasting impression and get hired. You want to have well-prepared questions specific to the company/role according to our recruitment agency team. You can conduct research by checking out the company's website, social media, Glassdoor reviews, and by talking to current employees if you have connections there.
Interview tip #2 Shop the brand
If you're interviewing for a company that provides a product/service you want to become familiar with that product or service. What it looks like, what purpose it serves, how much it costs, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If the company has a blog, read it! Get a sense of the brand voice. The more interest you show in the company, the more interest the company will show in you.
Interview tip #3 Be prepared to demonstrate your value
Every company wants to hire the cream of the crop talent and it's your job to show them why they need you and how you'll be a valuable asset. You should be ready to share past achievements and specific examples of your experience. Do you volunteer on the weekends? Do you run a business on the side? Did you substantially increase ROI at your previous job? These are the types of things to bring up during an interview so you'll be sure to get hired. An interview is your time to shine.
Interview tip #4 Dress for success
While interview attire is becoming more modern and less traditional, you still want to look your best no matter what the circumstances (this includes video interviews). A great rule of thumb is to get a feel for the company's culture so you know what preferred attire is. If you're interviewing at a casual startup, you want to look professional, but not show up in a 3-piece suit. However, the only time your interview attire will really count against you is if it's overly casual, so be sure to strike a balance. This is where a recruitment agency can come into play. Recruiters know the ins and outs of their clients and can advise you on proper interview attire.
Interview tip #5 Practice makes perfect
The more you interview, the more of a natural you will become. Interviewing is tough stuff and you may feel pressure for it to go perfectly, especially if you're interviewing for your dream job. But the reality is, your first interview probably won't be your last. Consider each interview as another opportunity to practice and put your interview tips to the test. You can also get the practice you need without actually going on interviews. You can role-play with your recruiter, friend, or family member or practice in front of a mirror by yourself. You can even record a video of yourself on your phone to see and hear how you come across.
Interview tip #6 Get there on time
Another obvious yet overlooked interview tip... get to your destination on time! You should plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled interview in case any last minute things come up. It's always better to be early than late regardless. Being punctual shows you're responsible and you care about the position you're interviewing for. All of which are great qualities hiring managers can recognize.
Interview tip #7 Send a thank you note
Last but not least, send a thank you note! Our recruitment agency team recommends sending a thank you to each person you met with via email within 24 hours. In this note you'll want to reference specific examples touched on in the interview. When it comes to snail mail, this will never count against you, but should only be sent in addition to the emailed note.
Want more interview tips to help you prepare and get hired? Check out our Upskill Workshop on interview best practices.