So, you’ve been called for an interview for your dream job. Your CV has done its work. Now it’s time to let your personality do the talking. Here are a few interview techniques provided by the team at SWAT UK Accountancy Recruitment, that can make all the difference between getting that dream job…..and not.
How can a candidate stand out in an interview?
Candidates make that all important first impression in a number of ways. Being appropriately dressed (good suit, clean shoes) for the role is the first thing. Then they need to demonstrate confidence by making eye contact with any member of the recruiting team (even the receptionist – you never know who’s been asked to give feedback) and initiating the hand shake. Should another member of the employing team enter the room, candidates should stand to be introduced. This demonstrates courtesy as well as confidence.
If you are attending a selection day, initiate conversation with other candidates. Draw them out by asking interested questions and listening to their answers.
You also need to be well prepared, so arrive a few minutes early; make sure you have everything you were asked to bring; and be ready for what the day will bring.
What are the key things recruiters look for in an interview?
Real interest in the role, demonstrated by knowing the background of the employer and having an idea of the training you will undergo.
Excellent inter-personal skills. There are very few roles that don’t include teamwork and dealing with clients. Being able to build rapport is an essential ingredient.
A ‘can do’ attitude is something employers can’t teach, but do look for. Don’t confuse this with ‘I can do anything’. It’s a question of ‘I’ll have a go, and here are examples of where I’ve had a go before.’
Three do’s of interviews…
- Be prepared – research the employer, the field and the prospects.
- Be concise – answer questions fully but don’t waffle.
- Without being prompted, support your answers with examples from your own experience – but don’t exaggerate or claim anything more than you can solidly demonstrate.
Anything else you feel is important to know about interviews?
Don’t expect to succeed immediately, and always ask for feedback if you are turned down at any stage. Take on board constructive criticism and try to improve for next time.
Interested in a career in accountancy?
At SWAT UK Accountancy Recruitment, we recruit for numerous firms of Chartered Accountants in London, all with many accountancy jobs available. We recruit throughout the year, so if you’re looking for a rewarding career in accountancy, training as a Chartered Accountant with an excellent salary, why not find out more and apply today for SWAT UK’s accountancy recruitment programme today >>