An interview is a crucial part of the recruitment process and there are many elements that are common across every industry. If you feel nervous about interviews, or worry that your interview technique is not as good as it could be, you can make the most of our tips to optimise your performance.
Here at CareerWise, we believe that everyone has the potential to achieve their dream job, and we can help you to hone your interview skills and improve your career prospects. Read on to find out more about best practice after an interview.
After An Interview, You Should:
Whether you feel that your interview has gone well or badly, you can maximise your chances of success using the following five tips:
Write it all down. As soon as you come out of an interview, a great tip is to write down as much as possible about the process, including what you were asked and your responses, in as much detail as you can. This will give you great material to work with when you are brushing up your interview skills, and will also be useful for the following tips.
Reflect on the experience. Even if an interview goes badly, trying to put it out of your mind immediately will not help you to have a more positive experience next time. Take some time to reflect on the interview, and consider what you think went badly and what went well. It can help to talk this through with a friend or relative, and if you’ve made good notes after the interview, this will really help.
Thank your interviewer. The aim of any interview is to sell yourself and your potential, and a follow up email to thank your interviewer for taking the time to see you will help to demonstrate that you are conscientious and personable. There is no need to write a lot, and a concise and polite message with a friendly tone will be well received. Send this within 24 hours of your interview to make the most of the opportunity to remind your interviewer of what a great candidate you are for the job!
Follow up any commitments you made during the interview immediately. If you discussed a topic of particular interest to the position, you may have mentioned some relevant information or research and offered to share this. Do so as soon as possible, in a short, friendly but professional email, as this will show that you are reliable and follow through on your commitments. If you do not have a topic of this nature, a great tip for future interviews is to cultivate one. It is important to keep abreast of all current news and developments that are relevant to your sector, and this is a great way to use this information.
Ask for feedback. If you are unsuccessful in an interview, you should always ask for feedback that can help to increase your chances of success next time. When you receive the call or email to say you have not been appointed this time, ask for constructive feedback to help you to develop your interview technique and understand what the company was looking for.
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Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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