Preparation: Take some time to look over our website and get to know us! We don’t need you to be an expert in Elite; but we’d like you to know what we offer, our history and be able to ask relevant questions about the business. A good interview is one that keeps the interviewer interested.
CV and ID: Bring an up-to-date copy of your CV as well as your ID. This shows you’ve taken the time to prepare, and allows us to talk about points on your CV in a logical manner. Interviews are stressful enough, so make it a little easier for yourself by highlighting your key achievements in advance so that you can talk about them in your interview
Dress Code: Please be presentable. This means dressing in business attire – so no jeans or short skirts. Even on a dress down day, it’s good to put your best foot forward so make sure it’s not in trainers.
Technology: If you need the use of a lap top or projector ensure prior arrangements have been made with the recruiter so everything can be set up prior to your interview. And a gentle reminder to turn off your mobile, silent or vibrate may seem like a good idea; an ultimately buzz from a mobile devise can prove an unwelcome distraction when interviewing.
Don’t Rush: Make sure you leave enough time to get to the interview; it’s always better to be early than late. Rushing can also be a problem during the interview. So take your time when asked a question – there is nothing wrong with taking a moment to consider your answer carefully. If you’re worried about an awkward silence, when your interviewer offers you a drink, take it. That way you can sip it each time you are thinking of an answer, filling the gap in conversation.
For trickier questions, apply the S.T.A.R technique. When asked a question, think:
What was the Situation?
What was the Task?
How did I Action this?
What was the Result?
Highlight your skills, and make your negatives into positives: We want to hear about you – what you have done and what you are proud of – but we don’t expect it to always have been perfect. You can tell us about a particularly hard time at work or personally, but don’t do it in a way that portrays you in a bad light. Instead of talking about taking time off sick, talk about how productive you were when you got back to get back on track, or if you’ve not always got on with your manager, talk about your negotiation skills, and remaining calm under pressure.
Body Language: Remember, this form of nonverbal communication accounts for 50% of our understanding of a situation. Your facial expressions and posture will give away how your feeling in an interview. So greet your interviewer with a handshake, and let them know you’re a little nervous, chances are they will see this and will help to put you at ease, which is a great way to build a relationship and make it easier for you to show your confidence during the interview process.
We aim to give our interviewed candidates quality, constructive feedback should their application not be successful. However this may not always be possible.
In the unfortunate event that you’ve not heard from us, please send through requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: in line with current legislation, your CV will be stored for future recruitment purposes. If you do not wish your details to be stored as a legitimate interest for future roles, please let our recruitment/HR team know.