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Recruiter Blog: How to get ready for an interview

By Emilie Paquet

Interviews are an important step in getting a new job. Sometimes it goes very well and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m sure you remember interviews when you didn’t know what the recruiter was looking for or you had no clue how to answer.

Here are five tips to help you get ready for an interview:

 

 

1.     Do your research

Make sure you do your research on the firm you want to join. What are they doing?  What are the types of services they offer? Who are their main competitors? Gather enough information so you’re able to talk about the firm or the company for a couple of minutes.

Next, do the same thing for the position you’re applying for. Try to find information about the relevant team. Who’s the leader of the team? Who are their clients?  All the information you found about the company and the position will come in handy when explaining your interest to the recruiter.

2.     Show your interest

One of the first questions a recruiter will ask is “Why are you interested in this position?” or “Why did you apply?” The information you find during your research is the first part of a complete answer.

Showing your interest is the first step in convincing a recruiter that you’re the right candidate for the job.

3.     Demonstrate your experience

Almost every recruiter will ask you to summarize your different experiences and explain what you are doing in your current and previous jobs.

The most common mistake candidates make is to give too much detail.  Get to the point. Briefly explain your responsibilities, major achievements and why you left. Spend more time on the experiences that are directly related to the position you applied.

4.     Show your skills

Once recruiters have a good idea of your career path, they will move on to validating required competencies. To have an idea of the competencies that will be questioned in the interview, look at the qualifications listed on the job description.

If you’re a recent graduate with limited professional experience, use examples from school or extracurricular activities. Talking about a team project from university can be a great way to demonstrate what type of team player you are.

5.     Leave a good impression

It’s not the time to take it easy yet! The usual question candidates fear the most is “What are your compensation expectations?” When answering this question, I strongly recommend honesty. They just want to know so that when the time comes to extend you an offer, we will offer a compensation package that is aligned with your expectations.

Last but not least, leave a good impression and make sure you ask questions regarding the firm and role. Ask when you should expect to have news about your candidacy and thank the recruiter for their time.

 

Doing interviews shouldn’t be your worst nightmare. If you follow these five tips and prepare in advance, you will succeed.

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