HINTS & TIPS TO INTERVIEW SUCCESS
We understand that it can be nerve-wracking for candidates being interviewed.
It’s easy to tell someone not to be nervous but we wanted to do more than that, so here are some hints and tips that should help you to prepare and settle the nerves:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
If you’re attending an interview for a site level role then we understand your wardrobe doesn’t contain a full collection of business suits, and we wouldn’t expect that you make a special trip out to buy one. However, in any customer service role, being presentable is really important so we would expect that you look smart and take pride in your appearance.
For Head Office or Management level positions and the environments you would be coming into, a suit or smart office wear would be more appropriate.
When you arrive, greet your interviewer with a smile and be prepared to shake their hand confidently. This is just a formality that comes as part and parcel with any interview process, think of it as a professional ‘hello’.
Give eye contact and be friendly. Even though this isn’t part of the interview, first impressions can have a lasting impact so make sure you’re remembered for the right reasons.
It’s important to know about the company you might be working for, so make sure you’ve done your homework and do the research about quality of clinical management! You should be able to find some useful information here on our Careers page but there’s much more on our main website if you really want to impress.
It’s also useful to read over your CV. You may think you know what you’ve done in the past but you’ll be surprised at how you much you’ve forgotten about some of the things you’ve learnt and achieved.
Are there any gaps in your CV? There’s nothing wrong with having gaps and we understand there may be a host of reasons for this, but make sure you are able to explain them as this is likely to be explored.
BE CLEAR AND CONFIDENT
If you get asked questions you don’t have an immediate answer for, don’t panic! Just take a few seconds to collect your thoughts and reflect on what is being asked so that you can answer it clearly and confidently.
And if you don’t understand or you think you may have misheard, just say. It’s much better to be clear and give a great answer than to waffle about something completely irrelevant!
Okay. So maybe you didn’t get along with your previous manager or you found the role incredibly tedious, but negativity doesn’t come across well. Try to keep the conversation positive and focus on your achievements.
REMEMBER YOUR BODY LANGUAGE
It is not just about what you say, it’s also about the way you say it. It’s easy to get it right. Just sit upright, making good eye contact and talk with genuine enthusiasm. Have a practice beforehand if it helps.
If you can master all of this then you’re well on your way to making a great impression and starting your journey with us.
Be calm, be confident but most importantly be yourself….. you’ll be great!