When looking for a job, the interview is probably the most difficult. The candidates selected by the recruiter are in competition with each other as only one position is available. It is therefore essential to stand out from the crowd!

After a long process of job searching and sending out CVs, you finally get an interview. This interview is the first step in the recruitment process and can be quite stressful. You must convince the recruiter to choose you by highlighting your qualities and show that you possess the skills required for the position. You must carefully prepare for the interview not to make mistakes that would influence the recruiter's decision. Here are some techniques to prepare yourself and useful tips to be ready for D-Day.

 

1 : adopt the right attitude

The first things a recruiter notices during a job interview are your appearance and your attitude. It is therefore essential to make a good first impression and respect certain rules of politeness and courtesy. Although they may seem obvious to some, they may not be to others. Punctuality, a well-groomed appearance and adapted dress sense, an elegant demeanour, a correct posture, a firm handshake, looking people in the eye, the way you sit or the way you talk are all details that reassure the recruiter and make them want to get to know you. If the interview takes place remotely by video conference, appearance is just as important: don’t neglect this aspect especially when choosing the environment in which you will appear on screen.

 

2 : show your value without being arrogant

While politeness usually implies avoiding constantly focussing on yourself in a conversation, it is a different story when it comes to a job interview. The candidate is there to showcase his/her skills and qualities.

The first step in the interview is to introduce yourself. The recruiter must be able to quickly form an idea about your personality. This introduction should be as precise and concise as possible to be relevant and capture the attention of the recruiter. A good introduction should not last more than two minutes. The candidate must use this opportunity to highlight the key elements of his/her personality, his/her career and the process that has lead him/her to this interview. This introduction, however succinct, must be learned by heart and perfectly rehearsed so as not to appear to be recited.

 

3 : anticipate all possible questions during the interview

Some questions always come up in a job interview. In front of the recruiter, it is important to show some confidence and let the interviewer see that you have prepared yourself beforehand. You will be more confident if you have anticipated and prepared your answers to any potential questions.

Having a clear idea of a career plan and career goals, researching the company for which the interview is taking place, highlighting past achievements, but also being able to recognize any difficulties you may have had, being ready to talk about the reasons that make you the ideal person for the job and having an idea of the salary that is available for the position: all these points will inevitably be addressed. It is up to you not to feel destabilized and to respond with confidence.

 

4 : get your message across and differentiate yourself

Faced with the interviewer, you must be convincing and engage him/her in order to stand out from the other candidates. A properly prepared introductory speech will lead the recruiter to ask questions. However, some recruiters can be silent and give free rein to the candidate. Relevance and originality are therefore important. While having a coherent and constructed approach, you can tell a story that will captivate the recruiter. He/she will be delighted by your enthusiasm when highlighting your achievements through various anecdotes.

 

The interview is an exchange between two people, one is offering a job, the other is applying for it. It is not a test, just a way to discover if the candidate is the most suitable person for the position.

Mathilde Haelewyn by Mathilde Haelewyn

International Mobility & Recruitment Consultant
IT Sector