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Interview Advice

No doubt everyone you speak with will have advice about how best to interview. We have seen many people utilise a variety of approaches successfully, some are conservative and others are highly risky. However, on the whole there are a few basic rules you can follow that will ensure you are received well by the interviewer.

 

Rule 1 – Presentation

It may seem obvious, but this is where many people get it wrong. For a more conservative business always wear a dark suit or skirt and jacket, light business shirt or blouse, plain tie and dark, polished shoes. If the company is on the more casual side of things always err on the side of too smart. You can always adjust for a second interview. If you are unsure – check with your consultant.

Rule 2 – Prepare

We are constantly amazed at how little some people prepare for their interview. You wouldn't go on a client meeting or into a one to one with your manager without having done some research and preparation - the same applies to interviewing.

Additionally, make sure you know what your own CV has on it and that you understand your achievements and performance in previous positions. There is nothing that destroys an interview quicker than when you can't relay basic information about previous roles. Make sure you know what your objectives were, what you achieved and anything else that demonstrates what you have done and how successful you have been.

Rule 3 - The first Impression

As the saying goes; “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. Look good, feel good and believe you will be successful. Use a firm hand shake (even the ladies) and thank your interviewer for the opportunity to meet with them. Don't forget to smile – it relaxes everybody. Often your interviewer may be just as nervous as you!

Rule 4 - 2 Ears, 1 Mouth - Use them in proportion

A good interview is about gathering information from the interviewer in order to present yourself as the solution to their current problem. Therefore, use the interview to get information about the interviewer and their business. Try to make the meeting a business discussion rather than a question and answer session. Remember, most people like talking about themselves and their achievements so ask your interviewer questions about themselves and their role. Their answers will give you a flavour of what type of person they will be looking for and the type of company it is you would be working for.

Rule 5 - Know Your Past Achievements

You are a Professional. A successful Professional understands what is expected of them and why they've been successful. Take the time to ensure you are familiar with the key objectives you've had in previous roles and how you've performed against them. If appropriate take along examples or evidence of past success (and if you're in sales or marketing know your figures!).

Rule 6 - Avoid the Cliché

Whilst often a cliché best describes a situation, try to avoid using them in an interview environment. You want the interviewer to find out who you are and what you can do for them and therefore you need to voice your own ideas, not regurgitate someone else's.

Rule 7 - Close the Meeting

Regardless of whether you are interviewing for a position as Sales Director,  SEO Specialist, Marketing Manager or C+ Developer, you should close the interview. If, when you leave the interview, you don't know what the interviewer thought of you, or whether they had any concerns, you haven't done the job properly. Closing can be as simple as asking the interviewer what they thought of you, or to establish the next step in the process and clarify whether you will be included. It can feel uncomfortable sometimes to ask what someone thinks of you, but if there has been any miscommunication or misunderstanding now is the time to correct it!

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  • ​"Xactly is delighted to be working with Certus. They have been professional and friendly with a fun approach to recruitment, where you really feel like you are important to their business. They helped us understand the differences between hiring in Australia vs the rest of the world and managed to help guide us through the process; as well as operating across global time zones, offering flexibility to interact outside of traditional working hours. They have shown the capability to work across levels, helping us attract Enterprise BDMs, Commercial Account Executives and an SDRs. Cultural fit is of huge importance to us, Justin, Ben and Adam all demonstrated that they clearly understood out culture and the type of people we want to attract to help grow our business. This resulted in the new employees coming aboard of very high quality. We look forward to partnering with Certus more and more as our business grows."​​

    Managing Director APAC
    Steve Blunt
    Steve Blunt , Xactly Corporation
  • ​Ben was one of the best recruiters I've had the pleasure to work with, he was very diligent in all of his follow-ups and ensured that the recruitment process was professional and as straight forward as possible. All whilst acting with authenticity and integrity!

    Peter De la Harpe
    Peter De la Harpe , Placed Candidate
  • “I wasn’t actively looking for a job when Charlotte from Certus reached out to me for a possible opportunity. Charlotte is a known and reputable Workday recruiter. She was able to explain (and convince) how good the opportunity is for me and my career. I gave it a go and went ahead for an interview. I got the offer in less than a week. The recruitment process was seamless and communication was timely. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how the whole process was carried out and most specially, I’m very happy with the outcome. I believe Charlotte will always have your best interests at heart.”​

    Recently Placed Candidate
  • ​“I wanted to thank you, in addition, for your support. Working with Charlotte Schmidt has been a pleasure, she was hardworking and focused for the duration of the campaign and we couldn't have received the outcome we did without her dedicated and tenacious approach. Charlotte partnered with us, understood the brief and continued to search to find the right skillset within a candidate short market and a tough remuneration range. We are delighted to have our in house WD team now complete.”

    HRIS Manager
    Alison Cash
    Alison Cash , The Salvation Army