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Our Internal Recruitment Manager explains what you need to watch out for during your job interview

Working in recruitment, many people ask for my advice about how to tackle interviews. In my experience, the main goal of a candidate is to effectively articulate the value and essential skills you can bring to both the job role and the business as a whole, doing your utmost to ensure that the interviewer understands you. Misinterpretation and misrepresentation are the two biggest threats to job interview success, so clarity is key, and you shouldn’t make any assumptions about what the interviewer may or may not know about you. When being interviewed, you will want to influence the interviewer so that they have a positive and favourable memory of you. This is particularly important since most interviewers will interpret information about you based on how they feel about you. For example, if they liked you as a person, you are more likely to be considered a good fit for the organisation and more likely to linger in their minds.

This is especially important since hiring decisions are not made in ‘real time’ – meetings to discuss feedback on candidates can happen days or even weeks after the interviews have actually happened so making a good impression is so vital. This can be tricky though, as the interviewer will have so much running through their minds during the actual interview, as not only are they interpreting your answers and demeanor, but they are also analysing what potential contributions you could make to the company.

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Since you have been asked for interview, you know the company believe you to have the right experience and skills to do the job – all you have to do now is stay in the forefront of their minds. Here are my top five tips for being remembered by your interviewer.


How to be remembered

1) Keep it short and simple, interviewers have a lot to remember

2) Capture and keep the interviewer’s attention

3) Talk in their language, using similar industry terminology

4) Make them believe you, using details of past experiences

5) Get them to care about you, highlighting the benefits you can bring to the business

Bear in mind…

You need to make sure that you highlight the most necessary information and skills that your interviewer is looking for, trying to avoid superfluous comments. Any unnecessary information will detract from the important facts the interviewer is listening out for and will clutter up their memory of the topics you were speaking about. You want to give a complete picture of yourself, but do so succinctly, in easy to remember pieces.

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