Charlie’s Top Tips on how to stand out from the crowd in interviews
Introducing the ‘Recruitment Assassin’, AKA Charlie…
Charlie left formal education at 17 and worked in internal recruitment for a few years, before starting his Gravitas journey just over a year ago. As such, he knows a thing or two about what employers look for in job interviews.
When applying for a job, your interview is your biggest and best opportunity to show a potential employer what you’re really made of. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression! Here are Charlie’s top tips on how to stand out from the crowd in interviews…
- Do your research on who you’re meeting – Using LinkedIn and ‘about us’ pages on company websites can allow you to find common ground or mutual connections with the people you’re meeting.
- Know the company – Take time to look at the company website and recent news articles either posted on the internet or on their own website. This will help you find out if the company have recently won any awards, which you can bring up in the interview!
- Be familiar with your CV – This is the key document that has represented you up until the stage of meeting someone for an interview. They are almost certainly going to test you on it and will want to see evidence of what you have stated.
- Ask questions – Don’t leave all your questions until the end of the interview. You want to try and make an interview as conversational as possible, therefore it’s good to ask questions throughout if they feel necessary.
- Unique questions – Taking the above into account, it is still good to have questions prepared for the end when they ask “do you have any further questions?”. This is a great time to get the interviewer thinking by asking questions about their thoughts or opinions. For example “What do you like about working here and what do you dislike?” OR “What is the most challenging thing about working here?” OR “Why did you decide to join this organisation?”.
- Agree next steps – The last thing you want to do is leave an interview not knowing when you should expect to find out how it went. Always ask what the next steps are before leaving the interview. This makes you come across as organised and interested.
Interested in finding out more about a career at Gravitas and what life here is really like? Read all about it in the latest edition of our quarterly magazine, Keeping Up With The Gravitonians.