Regardless of your expertise, previous experience or hierarchy within the work place, when it comes down to interviews your interviewer will always have their very own idea of what they class as a perfect candidate, the qualities they believe will allow you to excel within their business and the manner in which they believe you should present yourself. Recruiters do actually assess the way in which you carry yourself, your manner towards others and specifically your spelling and grammar.
Studies have shown that a massive 50 percent of recruiters are instantly displeased with a candidate solely based on poor spelling and grammar. This is evidently a key factor to think about whilst attending an interview and when writing your CV it is crucial you check spelling and grammar, ask someone to read over it to check for any typo’s you may have missed. CV’s are relatively simple; state your qualifications clearly, previous employment and contact details. Being a recruiter myself, I come across endless CV’s in which essential details are not stated; wasting both my time and the companies. Many people, for example, could have a wealth of experience in regards to the job role they wish to apply for and would in fact be a perfect candidate, however when contact details are not stated there is no possible way of liaising with the potential candidate meaning business can go no further and both myself and the job seeker are at a dead end and a massive loss. This will only effect you: be thorough!
Presentation is a crucial factor. There is nothing better than reading through a CV that has all essential details at hand. CV’s should always be written in a logical order to exclude any chance of possible confusion. Do not scatter, chronological order is best. Always ensure good formatting and appropriate length and NEVER write your CV out as though you’re telling a story, paragraphs are a no go and easy to read bullet points are best. If you wish to write a little information about yourself that’s always nice however we do not need to know your full life story, just a brief description of yourself to give us a better idea of who you are and your nature.
Interviews are also human, they do understand that life isn’t always plain sailing and often late arrivals will occur however it’s the way you go about this in which will leave a lasting impression, nothing is going to anger an interviewer more than you arriving late and not having so much as an apology to offer them. This will also hinder your chances of succeeding in your interview. The last thing you want is for your interviewer to think you were not prepared or organised, in turn allowing them to think that the job isn’t as important to you as it should be.
A stern handshake:
Body language is key! The way you hold yourself is the first thing anybody notices about you, a good strong handshake is always a good starting point it simply reflects you as a respectful, assertive and confident individual in which every company are always looking for in their staff.
So there you have it, if you amend your interview technique based on our top tips above you will give yourself a better chance of being successful at interview!! Good luck, and if you require any further help with an interview please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0845 500 4901