Tips on how a Recruitment Agency can help you through the job interview
Once you have put together your dynamite CV and submitted it to recruitment agencies both locally and online, the responses should start coming through. As this happens, what you need to consider is the forthcoming interview and how best to prepare for it. After all, proper preparation and planning is the key. Here we will look at some of the best ways to approach the job interview.
If you have been asked to attend the interview as a result of submitting your CV to a recruitment agency then try giving them a call to see if they have a more detailed brief of what the prospective employers are looking for. The thing to bear in mind is that it is in the recruitment agencies best interest for you to get the job because it is good for them if you do. A recruitment agency will more than likely be willing to go out of their way to give you all the help, tips, and advice you need to help secure that new position.
Next, spend as much time as possible researching the company, not to mention products and services they supply, this can be done by visiting their website and paying particular attention to some of the keywords they are promoting within their website, you may also be able to do some research on who their main competitors are too.
It is important to understand what key skills the new company will be specifically looking for. Again, the recruitment agency will be able to help here and they may have some feedback as to what it was within your CV that made you stand out to the interviewing company. If you have any work manuals or training books on these particular areas then get them out and do some gentle revision just to make sure you are up to speed, but pay particular attention to any recent developments within your skill area, especially if it is quite a technical one.
Although obvious, remember to look smart. Even if you know that the company you are going to see has a more casual approach to clothing, wearing professional clothes such as a suit, shows the interviewer that you are serious about the position you have gone for and shows respect.
It is also good advice to make sure you set off for the interview with plenty of time to spare, taking into consideration distance and any possible pitfalls like congestion during the journey. If you think you are going to be late for whatever reason then ring forward and let them know.
Once the interview begins, there will be a list of inevitable questions relating to your current position, strengths and what you consider to be your weaknesses. The key to answering these questions is to give straightforward responses that get straight to the point, only elaborating if you feel it will help your cause. Always remain positive at all times even when addressing a possibly sensitive point or when asked to explain those weaknesses.
The reasoning behind asking these types of questions is to see whether you recognise your own faults and how you respond to them. By recognising your shortcomings, but then explaining how you intend to overcome them can go a long way to impressing upon the interviewer your professional approach to the job in hand.
It may also be a good idea to have some questions of your own to mind so that if you have the opportunity you can find out a little bit more about the position and show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in their company. Again, more help and advice can be obtained by your recruitment agency for these sorts of areas.
It is very important that before the interview ends that you ask the employer if they think you are capable of doing the job and if they have any further questions they would like to ask as well as the process of what happens next. Often they will explain that they have other candidates to interview and that they will contact you (either through the recruitment agency or personally) to invite you for a second interview or to offer you the position.
If it transpires that you did not get the position then it is important not to take it personally. It may just have been the case that someone else was considered to be more suited to the role but at some point the same will be the case when you finally get the job you want. The most important thing is to get some feedback so that when you go for other interviews in the future you can be better prepared and work on the areas that may have let you down.
However, if you are still searching for that dream job and have not yet contacted a recruitment agency, why not try searching online. Using an online business directory that is home to a myriad of top recruitment agencies either locally or nationally can seriously increase your chances of securing a new job. Of course, with so much choice available it can be hard to know which agencies are right for you. For this reason it is imperative to use a website you can really trust.
For a list of recruitment agencies to submit your CV to then try an online directory like www.searchme4.co.uk. Home to the best businesses online, Searchme4 can put you in touch with not only recruitment agencies but virtually any business or service you could possibly need.