Welcome to a new year, a new chapter, and perhaps, a new job! As we step into 2024, many of us are considering making positive changes in our careers. If you find yourself on the exciting yet sometimes nerve-wracking journey of job hunting, our recruitment experts have gathered five top interview tips to help you make a strong impression in any opportunity that arises.
Recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period of September to November 2023 indicate a decline in job vacancies across the UK…Coupled with the UK employment rate remaining relatively stable.
In a job market that's making headlines for cooling down, we asked our LinkedIn followers to take part in a poll regarding their plans for 2024. 78% were either open or actively looking for new positions heading into the New Year with only 22% content.
The UK Careers Fair reports ‘Most companies in the UK now invite six people to be interviewed…you will most likely be trying to show you are more suited to the job than five other people. For larger companies, this number can stretch to around ten people.’ Considering this, implementing these key tips can be highly beneficial.
Tip One – Interview Practice Makes Perfect, Even Virtually:
One of the best ways to boost your confidence and prepare for interviews is through practice. Enlist the help of friends or family to conduct mock interviews. This not only helps you refine your responses but also provides valuable feedback on your presentation. Remember, the more you practice, the more comfortable and prepared you'll be when the actual interview day arrives.
Use Gov.UK or employment websites like Indeed for practice questions, we also use Indeed to advertise our job placements, take a look here. Familiarise yourself with tools like Zoom or Teams for virtual interviews.
Tip Two - Knowledge is Power - Stand Out with Company Research:
Before heading into any interview, it's crucial to do your research. Familiarise yourself with the company's recent news, leadership team, values, and background information. This knowledge not only showcases your genuine interest but also equips you to answer questions more effectively. Understanding the company culture ensures that the position aligns with your career goals. To do this utilise the company's website and reputable news outlets for industry-specific information.
Tip Three - Dress for Success – Project Confidence and Industry Awareness:
First impressions matter, and dressing the part is a key component of that initial impact. Choose an outfit that reflects the professionalism and commitment you bring to the table. Dressing appropriately not only demonstrates respect for the company and the interview process but also boosts your own confidence.
Additionally, contemplate your PPE choices that may be necessary for the role. Review our partners SnickersUK for appropriate gear to determine what may be potentially required.
Tip Four - Keep Calm and Conquer - Overcome Interview Nerves:
Interviews can be stressful, but maintaining composure under pressure is essential. Incorporate well-being activities into your routine, such as meditation or exercise, to help you stay centred and focused. Whether it's hitting the gym or listening to your favourite song, find what helps you relax and make time for it. A calm and collected demeanour during an interview can set you apart from other candidates. Utilise apps like Headspace or resources from our charity partners like Lighthouse for Construction-related support.
Tip Five - Ask Insightful Questions and Spark Engagement:
Remember, an interview is a two-way street. Prepare thoughtful questions about the role and company to demonstrate your genuine interest. This not only showcases your enthusiasm for the position but also helps you evaluate if the company is the right fit for you. Engaging in a meaningful conversation leaves a lasting impression on the interviewer. Explore the company's website and seek advice from a recruitment consultant for insights.
Find Your Perfect Match - Expert Consultants in Construction, M&E and Retail:
If you're ready to make 2024 your year for career success, why not let our expert consultants guide you? Reach out to our dedicated teams in the following locations:
Hove Office: 📞 01273 465636 - Construction & M&E opportunities.
Nottingham Office: 📞 01156 849900 - Retail opportunities.