Today (April 25) is National Administrative Professionals Day, an international celebration of the work personal assistants, executive assistants, team and admin assistants, receptionists, secretaries and many more do on a daily basis. As a recruitment consultancy dedicated to matching outstanding business support professionals with employers of choice across London, the UK and globally, we know
In the job hunt process, there’s no doubting practice makes perfect. So, no matter how many job interviews you’ve done, it’s always worth considering how you can improve and what you can do better in the future. Make sure your skills are to scratch with the following interview tips:
• Research the company and your interviewer in order to gain a solid understanding of the business.
• Know where you are going, how to get there and how long it will take for you to reach the location. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Arriving late for an interview is not the best first impression. If you are running late, call your consultant as soon as you realise, who can then inform the company.
• Dress appropriately. It is important that you arrive looking the part and be dressed in a way that reflects the potential workplace.
• Make sure your mobile phone is switched off. You do not want your interview being disturbed by texts or phone calls.
• Greet the receptionist or assistant with respect. They will report back to the interviewer if you are rude.
• Shake hands firmly – a limp or clammy handshake will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
• Maintain good eye contact. This shows that you are attentive and interested.
• Sit up straight. Slouching can give off signals of laziness and lack of awareness.
• Don’t cross your legs. Keep both feet on the ground and face the interviewer directly. Keeping both feet on the ground helps to stop fidgeting.
• Try not to use too many hand gestures. This can distract from the content of what you are saying.
During the interview
• Speak confidently. Being softly spoken can give the impression of lack of self-assurance.
• Avoid using slang and pause words such as “like”, “um” and “err”.
• Show enthusiasm for the position without sounding desperate for employment.
• Always tell the truth. Make sure that your answers come across in a factual and sincere fashion. The employer will find out about any lies on your CV or in your answers to their questions when they take up references and check your records.
• When answering questions, don’t just reply with a no or yes response. Expand on your answer and ensure that you showcase your skills and talents. Be sure to have examples.
• An interview is not the appropriate time to discuss salary, holiday or benefits. This is only to be discussed when being offered the position. Negotiations can be made in appropriate situations.
• Ask questions. Asking questions will show your interest in the company. It will also help you in your decision process if given the opportunity to join their team or progress to the next interviewing stage. Asking questions will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the business and who you would be working with and for.
• Remember that the interview isn’t just for them to evaluate you. It gives you the opportunity to evaluate them as well and gain a solid idea of the company and team.
After the interview
• Call your consultant to let them know your feedback from the interview.
If you’re still not sure, Tiger also offers training and coaching services. If you would like training on your interviewing technique, please get in touch.