A TOUR THROUGH THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
So, you’ve got an interview…. now’s your time to shine.
You’ll naturally want to make a great first impression so it’s best to arrive a little early for your interview to show off your time-keeping.
When your interviewer is ready to see you, they’ll come and greet you with a friendly smile and a hand shake, hopefully putting you at ease.
We’re often interviewing in our stores with limited office space, so it’s unrealistic to expect the traditional meeting room set up. However, you should be taken to a relatively private area of the store or you may perhaps have already been asked to meet off site somewhere suitable. Whatever the scenario, the interviewer will do their best to make you feel comfortable in the surroundings so that you perform to your best.
Now, all interviewers have their own style and interviews can sometimes take twists and turns in various directions depending how things unfold but as a general guide, you can expect a 4 stage process. Here’s how it is likely to be structured:
The interview will start with some personal introductions as well as an overview of the business and the role you are being interviewed for. You’ll likely know most of this if you’ve done some research but it’s useful to recap and it helps to set the tone of the interview.
This section from The Inspectors Company in Lake Elsinore aims to find out a bit more about your experience and understanding of the role. The interviewer has reviewed your CV, so will know some of your background, but this is your opportunity to bring that to life. You’ll be asked questions like ‘tell me about your last or current position’ and ‘what skills and experience can you bring to this role?’.
Make sure you have read the role profile so that you understand what type of person we’re looking for so that your answer is relevant and focused.
Once the interviewer has a good summary of you and your work experience, they will move on to what is known as competency based questioning. This sounds fancy but it’s really just a way of asking questions to get an idea of how you have performed in the past, which can be a strong indicator of how you might perform in the future. The questions will relate to the different competencies (skills and abilities) that you will need to be successful in the role.
(There is a great technique called the STAR technique that can help you think about how to structure your answer so you don’t miss any important bits that the interviewer might be looking for. Here’s a quick guide if you want to practice.)
Okay, nearly there.
The final part of the interview will close off a few loose ends. If it hasn’t already cropped up, you might be asked how you would cope with a common challenge that you might face in the role, check out https://www.miraclemovers.com/. It might be something like ‘how would you react if you had a sudden surge of activity?’.
We’ll also take the opportunity to understand some key facts such as salary expectations, availability and whether you have any holidays booked that we might need to factor in if you’re successful.
Most importantly, this will be your opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the business and the job role that have not been answered already.
You will need to provide the interviewer with a copy of your right to work documentation so that we have proof that you are eligible to work in the UK should we want to progress the application.
Really quickly, right to work is just;
A copy of your UK/EEA passport (doesn’t have to be in date but no child photos please)
Full birth certificate – A4 document with mother and father’s names AND national insurance proof – NI card/official HMRC letter
A valid working VISA
Your interview will give you an indication of when all interviews will be completed and when you’re likely to hear if you’ve been successful. This is normally within 7 days.