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How to Get an Interview and How to Ace It 

Job searching is difficult because of the number of people looking for a job and the number of jobs available. As if the process wasn’t hard enough, there are countless things to prepare for before, during, and after your interview. You may feel that you are unprepared or that you don’t know what to expect.

To make it easier to find a job, you need to be able to target the right employers. This means that you should be able to identify what skills they are looking for and what they are willing to pay.

The most important thing during job searching is that you must be persistent and keep your cool throughout the process.

Job Searching from a Recruitment Consultant’s Perspective

Recruitment consultants are highly trained professionals who help companies find the best candidates for their job openings. They are often required to have strong interviewing skills as well as a vast knowledge of different industries and job functions. For example, you can ask a construction recruitment agency for advice on how to prepare for an interview on a construction site.

Many recruiters and employers use keyword filtering software to filter out applicants that don’t explicitly match the job description. Knowing this, you can amend your CV so that it closely matches the job requirements. You will then stand a better chance of getting past any AI filtering.

How Job Seekers Should Prepare for an Interview

It is not easy to land a job after being out of work for a long time. Here are some tips on how job seekers should prepare for an interview.

Interview Preparation Guide:

1. Practice

You may feel awkward practising for a job interview, but preparation is key to success. If you can, ask a trusted friend or family member to go through the questions and answers you have prepared. Any mistakes you make practising can be addressed and rehearsed.

2. Research the company

Find out about the history of the company and what it does. Use these sources as well as other information to make comparisons between different companies from a purely technical standpoint to improve your chances of getting hired by them. This will help you understand how long a company has been around and whether or not it is growing or shrinking in its field.

3. Research the position you are applying for

Look into what the job entails, what skills are needed for it and the things you expect to be doing on a day-to-day basis. This research will help you tailor your CV and identify which skills to emphasize during the interview.

You can also use this information to perform an internal self-evaluation of whether or not you are prepared for a given position.

4. Know your strengths

If you have been out of work for a while, you have likely had more time to concentrate on improving your strengths than if you were working. This means that if there is one thing that would really set yourself apart from others, then knowing what it is, gives you a significant advantage over other applicants.

5. Try to find contacts within the company

If possible, try to get in touch with employees within the company that you know. Try posting on social media, asking friends and family or leave a comment on one of their key blog posts. You may not be able to get in contact with the person you need directly, but you never know who might see your message and help you.

6. Show how much you want the job

Tell them what skills you bring to the table and why they should hire you. Keep your interview answers simple and make sure that they emphasize key points they are looking for in the position. Be positive but remain cautious when speaking about your past experience.

7. Show enthusiasm

Show enthusiasm and energy at your interview. This can help you stand out from other candidates. If you are enthusiastic about the company, the position, and what you believe you can bring to the table, then that enthusiasm will come across in your answers.

8. Be aware of company culture

The company should fit you as well as you fit it. Ask yourself whether or not the corporate culture would be an enjoyable place to work in or if it fits with your personality, skills and experience. If they don’t fit well with one another, it could cause problems down the line when you are expected to be a team player.

You will spend a lot of time at work, so if you are looking for flexible work or more opportunities to progress be sure that the company values align with yours.