21 May 2018
Recipe for a Smooth & Successful interview for Recruitment & Executive Search Professionals
Working within the Rec to Rec/Search to Search Industry, we manage the entire interview process with Recruitment Consultants and Executive Search Professionals at all levels, including Graduates looking to enter the Recruitment/Executive Search industry. Prepping our candidates for interviews is without a doubt a major priority and one we, at Carlin Hall, invest in heavily as a Rec to Rec business. It is a prime time of year where Recruitment and Search firms are on the hunt for top talent, therefore I have pulled together 8 key ingredients for those considering a career move that can act as a recipe for a smooth interview and that will ensure you will walk away with a smile of satisfaction and a sense of optimism…
- Sleep – an oldie but a goodie. Prioritising sleep is just as important as prioritising your interview prep. We are constantly absorbing and processing information throughout the busy day, therefore it is vital that you give your brain and your body the break they need in order to recharge. Make sure to get at least 7 hours the day before your interview.
- Food – it makes sense – you need to fuel your brain and body with the essential nutrients that will help you perform your absolute best during the interview. Studies suggest that foods such as bananas, eggs and omega 3 contribute to improved memory. Plus… there’s nothing more embarrassing than a growling stomach!
- Appearance – look good to feel good, feel good to feel confident. First impressions stick forever, and someone, in this case a recruiter, can make instant judgements on an individual in terms of their personal presentation before you have even exchanged hellos or shaken hands. Further, as an employee, it is a prime responsibility to represent your employer’s company. So, buff up your shoes, brush your teeth and straighten that tie.
- Punctuality – another oldie, but another goodie. Now, there is scope for debate on this one in terms of how early one can arrive at an event before it looks disrespectful. Without question, turning up late to a formal interview is out of the question. However, arriving too early can also be deemed disrespectful. Arriving no more than 10 minutes early will not only give you time to relax before your interview but will also suggest effective time management and organisation – a crucial factor that employers look at during the interview process.
- 5. Greeting – don’t forget to SMILE and give a firm handshake. Smiling is contagious and instantly creates a positive vibe. A firm handshake suggests confidence. Both these gestures will immediately set a positive tone and set you on your way for a brilliant interview. Simple, yet effective.
- Questions – it works both ways – they want to know about you, and in return, you should (naturally) want to know about your potential future hiring company. Don’t be afraid to have some pre-prepared questions written down to take into the interview. Questions related to the company’s outlook, their working culture and what they look for in their employees are examples of questions you could ask. This shows genuine interest, determination and also that you have done your research. Huge bonus.
- Closure – make sure you are aware of the next stage of the interview process, such as when you should expect feedback and what the next step would be. If you use Carlin Hall, we will manage this for you and keep you informed. After all, this could be your future hiring company, and this will settle any uncertainties you may have.
- Relax – despite not having an answer, or whether you feel as though perhaps it could have gone better, there is always something positive to take away. Everything experience should be regarded as a lesson: you should congratulate yourself that you have made it through the first interview and have more knowledge around what to expect for any future interviews. Don’t forget to calm those post-interview jitters by doing something you love – whether this be going for an ice-cold beer with friends, doing some retail therapy or simply curling up on the sofa at home with your favourite box set. Life is full of opportunities and the world is your oyster.
If you are a Graduate, an experienced Recruitment Consultant or Executive Search Professional and require further interview & general career advice, or are interested in opportunities, at Carlin Hall we are constantly inundated with roles for Contingent Recruitment and Executive Search firms and are always happy to speak – get in touch on 020 7965 7292 or email me personally on firstname.lastname@example.org