Candidate Tips & Advice

How To Be Liked At Your Interview

  • february 23,2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting A Job

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Have you wondered exactly what you’re going to be tested on when you meet your potential new employer at an interview?

Going through the typical recruitment process, the majority of recruiters will make a first stage selection decision based on information from your CV or Application Form. They’ll form an objective judgement about potential job suitability based mainly on your:

  • Work experience
  • Past employer(s)
  • Qualifications
  • Achievements

It’s during this assessment, without having met you, where they’ll decide if you can probably do the job, or not. They’ll be able to work out if you’ve got the right skills, experience, qualifications and evidence to show you fit the bill.

So, when you arrive for your interview, what else are your interviewers looking for?

  • That what you’ve put in your CV / application form is true
  • That you can do the job they’ve advertised, and lastly
  • That they like you!

And it’s this last bit we think everyone needs to focus on some more.

How to be liked?

How on earth are you ever going to know how to be ‘liked’ at an interview? There aren’t any defined answers, but here are some pointers which we know will go a long way:

  • Do your best to relax, and see the interview as a discussion rather than an interrogation. You’ll come across far better if you’re smiling and chatting, rather than looking like a rabbit staring into headlights.
  • Let your personality come out during the discussion – don’t hide who you really are. Recruiters will remember you if you stand out for being yourself!
  • Make sure you make eye contact with everyone in the room regularly – they’ll all think you are talking to them personally, and this will earn you lots of brownie points
  • Show that you are a good listener! In an interview situation, this is about making sure you respond to the exact questions they’ve asked you, and asking for clarification if you don’t understand something!
  • And finally, let your recruiters know you care – about them and the Company. Ask questions which show you value their response and knowledge. We heard a great saying the other day which reinforces this “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

 

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