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How To Stand Out In Your Next Job Interview…

There’s no doubt about it, interviewing for a role can be tough.

Whether you are being interviewed for a temporary, ‘temp to perm’ or permanent position within the beauty and fashion industry the expectations from employers today are exceptionally high and competition is tough.

So how do you stand out?

How do you ensure you are the one who receives the good news that you have been hired?

Read our step by step guide to impressing in the interview room…

1) Preparation

Preparation really is key.

First impressions really do count!

Arrive early and remember, a pleasant smile and friendly confident handshake can go a long way.

Ensure you have studied and updated your own CV, and bring a hard copy with you.

Be ready to discuss the following:

  • Your education and qualifications;
  • Your work history;
  • Your skills, strengths and weaknesses;
  • Your interests and hobbies – a potential employer will want to know what you are passionate about, and what motivates you.

Research the company you are interviewing for and study their history, mission statement and values.

You should use the following questions to prepare:

  • Who started the company and in what year?
  • What values do the company have and what kind of business are they?
  • What market are they a key player in? High street? Luxury?
  • What kind of customers use their services? Or shop in their store?
  • What do you believe your potential new role will involve? Day to day tasks?

2) The Questions

Questions are used to discover more about you, your passions, your capabilities and your strengths.

An employer should always want to see and bring out the best in you during interview.

They will be monitoring your energy levels as you answer, so ensure you are bright, positive and engaged in the questions… before, during and after you respond.

You should be prepared to answer questions similar to the ones below:

  • What can you tell me about yourself?
  • Can you list your strengths?
  • What weaknesses do you have?
  • Why should I consider hiring you?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What is your salary expectation?
  • What motivates you?
  • What makes a good team player?
  • Is there anything that you would like to ask me?

Ask yourself the above questions before you attend your interview.

Writing your answers down will help you brainstorm ideas and help you answer with confidence on the day.

3) The End Of Your Interview

Once your interviewer has finished asking you questions they will always open up an opportunity for you to ask them questions.

Remember that this is your time.

You should maintain a positive attitude and remember that an interview is also your chance to find out about them and to show you understand you skills, strengths and weaknesses, what you can bring to the role and what you want from it.

An employer wants to know you are invested in them, that you care about day-to-day company business and that you are very interested in understanding more about what your role would involve.

Always enter the room ready to ask questions, they may be your own version of one of the questions below:

  • Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  • What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
  • Please could you describe the culture of the company?
  • Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
  • Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
  • What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • How do I compare with the other candidates you have interviewed for this role?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?

When you finish your interview, you should thank the interviewer for their time and wish them a lovely day.

Remember that no matter how the things have gone in the room your interview has not finished until you leave the building – remember to keep smiling and to thank the receptionist on the way out.

Then treat yourself to a nice coffee and cake afterwards!

You should always treat each interview as a learning curve.

Being prepared, showing your best possible self and a positive attitude will increase your chances of landing your next role.

Good luck!

Until next time folks…

Craig Godsman

Business Development Manager
Flair Recruitment Ltd


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