Impressing Recruiters in an Interview


Make an impact in an interviewConnecting with a recruiter or search consultant during your job search can be invaluable. Recruiters can open doors to new opportunities outside of traditional applications and they can put you in front of high profile organisations that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. Once you’ve made it to the interview stage, it is imperative that you impress your recruiter in order to secure that next, crucial meeting with the employer.

1. The Small Things

No matter how much talent and experience you have, the small things can often make or break your success. While they might seem trivial, they are actually indicative of your personality and ethic:

  • Be punctual; show up on time (or earlier); if you are late because of circumstances out of your control, make sure you phone ahead
  • Dress appropriately in clean, corporate attire
  • Ensure your breath is clean and fresh and your hair is neat and tidy
  • Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent, and don’t be distracted by it during the interview

2. Confidence

Confidence goes a long way in impressing recruiters in an executive interview. Being shy, uncertain or too softly spoken can give the recruiter the image that you are not strong enough to deal with the daily tasks and challenges that the role entails. Confidence needs to encompass all areas of your interview, too; you need to be able to speak confidently about your past/present responsibilities and accomplishments, as well as your challenges and weaknesses.

3. Interview Techniques

Have you mastered the art of answering tough interview questions, talking for the right amount of time and staying on topic? And are your answers fully relevant to the role? If your interview skills are rusty, it will benefit you significantly to polish up your interviewing and speaking techniques. Practising and rehearsing answers or participating in a short interview coaching session can be useful, especially if you haven’t been to an interview for a long time. Remember, if you don’t impress the recruiter, you won’t have the opportunity to impress the employer.

4. Personal Edge

Friendliness alone won’t get you the job, but it is important in building rapport with the recruiter. While you don’t need to be overly friendly, pleasantries and courteousness are ideal in giving your interview that personal touch and ensuring the recruiter that you are a confident, relaxed person. Remaining attentive throughout the interview is also key; appearing distracted, negative or bored will definitely not work in your favour.

5. Asking Questions

Finally, make sure you ask some questions about the role you are applying for once the recruiter has finished interviewing you. Most recruiters will expect this and your questions will shows interest and enthusiasm in the position. Conducting research prior to the interview can also help shape and inform your queries and will also serve to impress the recruiter. While basic questions like, “what does the role involve?” and “what are the company perks?” are important, more specific or in depth queries will also demonstrate your aptitude for the role. Resumes Australia is a top career consultancy firm specialising in interview coaching, resume writing and career coaching for executives.

Regards,

kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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