Holly Haynes

Making the Best Impression at an Interview

Your CV has sparked a hirer’s interest and they have contacted you or your recruitment agency to arrange an interview. You have inside knowledge that there is stiff competition with other candidates, but you know that you are perfect for the job. Some interviewers will make their mind up within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidates on whether they would hire someone, so first impressions right at the very beginning could determine the outcome. With a few simple know how’s, here is how you can make a lasting impression and stand out from the crowd:

Dress Appropriately

“Some interviewers will make their mind up within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidates on whether they would hire them, so first impressions count.Here's how you can make a lasting impression and stand out from the crowd...“

If you are not sure what to wear to an interview, the moto is to make sure you’re dressed professionally. A candidate dressed in a suit is more than likely going to make a much better impression than someone dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. A suit and shirt combo with smart shoes is a safe option to go for.

Be Positive

Try and be as positive as you can. Hirers want to know why you think that you are a good fit for their company. Upon meeting your interviewers, have a good firm handshake with good eye contact and don’t forget to smile, as this will help to build your confidence. There are times when negative answers are unavoidable. Adding a positive spin onto this will go a long way.

Be yourself

If hiring panels don’t feel that they can work with you then this will impact the likelihood of you being offered the job. It is important to ensure that you are yourself and that you don’t try to make yourself fit the role or the company culture.

Show your enthusiasm

It is ok for you to show your passion for the role or the topic in hand. This will show the interviewer that you love your work and that you’re excited about the opportunities that would be available for you at their company.

Back up with Facts

Try and be specific and show the interviewers how you are the right person for the job. Sharing scenarios or stories from your working and daily life to back up your statements gives you an opportunity to show off your story telling skills and engage the interviewer.

Pave the Way

When answering questions try and fill your answers with snippets of information that can prompt the interviewer to ask you to expand more. This isn’t essential and can’t looked to forced but if you find it naturally steering that way then take the opportunity and go with it.

Work around your weaknesses

Remember you are human and you will have something that you need to work on. If you’re faced with the question in an interview, the trick in answering this to let the interviewer know that you have weaknesses but to highlight how you have addressed them or how you would like to address them.

How can Zenopa help you ace and interview?

Zenopa is a service organisation that’s provides flexible, rapid and effective recruitment solutions within the healthcare industry. Our team of recruiters are experts within their field and are on hand to provide guidance and support when it comes to interview techniques. Arranging a call, or skype chat, we can create a mock interview setting, and talk through some of the frequently asked questions and advise on the best way to answer these. Our strong working relationships with our partners means we can provide you information that you would not be able to gain through general research and will put you in the strongest position to be able to impress throughout any stage of the interview process.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, register your details, send us a message, call +44 (0)1494 818 000 or email enquiries@zenopa.com

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