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Making Impressions During the Interview Process


WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

WHETHER YOU’RE THE ONE HIRING NEW STAFF, OR INTERVIEWING FOR A ROLE YOURSELF, NEVER FORGET THAT A RECRUITMENT PROCESS IS A BRAND MANAGEMENT EXERCISE. IT’S ABOUT THE MANY OUTCOMES THAT WILL COME FROM ANY NETWORKING MEETING, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT AN INTERVIEW IS ALSO ANOTHER FORM OF NETWORKING.

Sure, when we first agree to an interview process, either accepting a candidate for interview, or saying yes to an interview we’ve been offered, everyone is hoping that the outcome will be love at first sight and an amazing new match for you and the company concerned.

But accepting that not all job interviews go on to a job offer, what else is there to be gained from a well handled interview process?

MANAGING YOUR BRAND

Candidate or client, this is where managing your own brand comes into play. Clients, consider for a minute the impression that is left if you have read the CV, are interested and engaged in the candidate, and spend some time describing the bigger picture take-homes that you want any contact to leave your office understanding.

Whether you go on to offer this person the job or not, their contact with your organisation has been largely positive and you have also provided them with information about your goals and vision that will undoubtedly feed through to the roots of your reputation when they are asked about you in the future.

Candidates, by the same token, arriving in the right dress code, with well prepared case studies and a clear and strong understanding of how you want to present yourself (what are your key messages?) will ensure that long after the interview process is over, you’ve left a good impression on that industry contact for the future.

Some research on the company, scanning the news and recent press releases as well as checking for mutual contacts (with Linked In there’s no excuse not to do this) will make your interview – your pitch – all the more compelling and engaging for the person you are meeting.

WORD OF MOUTH

What leads on from good impressions, and bad ones, is the power of word of mouth. Have you met with this company before? What did you think? You’re asking me whether I’ve ever worked with Kath Woof? No, but I did interview her once…

As a recruiter the difference this makes couldn’t be more obvious when we’re working with those who carry good reputations in this industry, and that people are eager to meet with. Make sure that you’re one of the ones whose CV, or job vacancy, is leapt upon by thinking about first impressions every time you ‘network’ through an interview process – and you’ll have already beaten half the competition.

If you need any help and advice about preparing for interviews check out our Interview Tips.

And always remember that at 33 Talent we work closely with our clients and candidates as partners, so can always help with those pre-interview questions that help you feel more prepared and ready to show yourself at your best.

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