The recruitment process can seem a long and complex one with many steps between the application and actually getting the job. But if you are prepared and have a good idea what to expect, it doesn’t need to be so challenging.
Preparing for the interview
Being ready for the interview boosts your chances of getting the job and is something you should do for every job. Firstly, there are the documents you might need to bring with you that you should have prepared:
- Interview invite – this contains the names of the people you are meeting so definitely take it along
- The job description – use it to prompt yourself when in the interview
- Your CV – it never hurts to take one with you in case you need to reference it
- A notepad – take notes during the interview including any questions to ask
You can also expect that the company will want to carry out background checks and right to work checks on you if you proceed through the interview so watch out for any identification documents they might tell you to bring. ID might even be required to enter the building, but the invitation letter should tell you this.
The interview questions
It is impossible to know what kind of questions you will get at an interview with many companies following newer models and asking some seemingly strange questions. Companies like Google and Apple have led the way in changing the interview question model and this makes it harder to prepare for ahead of time.
But you can run through some of the most popular questions for your industry or the classics of interviews just to mentally prepare yourself. Consider your best answer and look at recommended answers to find inspiration but always ensure your answers are accurate and personal, not just a copy of these suggestions.
After the interview
When the excitement of the interview is over, it is worth knowing what to expect next. Usually, the company will tell you what they will do – let you know, send a letter, give you a call and they will often add a time frame onto this.
It can be a nice touch to send a thank you letter or email to the interviewer a day or two after the interview, regardless of the outcome. If you said you would provide any additional information this can be combined together.
You can also double check with your references that they are prepared for an approach from the company. That way their response will be prompt and help keep the process moving.
The job hunt
It can be a good idea to keep searching for jobs while you are waiting to hear from the company. While you hope to get the job, it can be an advantage to keep looking in the meantime just in case the answer is a negative one. Remember not to burn bridges if the answer does come through negatively as you never know what the future might bring – you might have been the second choice and their first one doesn’t work out.