As a standard process I will remind my candidates to wear suitable attire and ensure they are online in time (if a video interview) or are 10 min early for an interview in person.
I also provide them with whom they will be interviewing with, their LinkedIn profiles, company website and position description for the role they are interviewing for.
Further to this I will provide them with any additional tips and tricks for interviewing for that particular role or company, ie, what they look for in a person (outside of the technical ability) or what they may be like to interview with.
From this point on the rest is up to you; Dress appropriately, ensure you are early, review the position description and LinkedIn profiles and learn the company and their values. When interviewing, introduce yourself, make eye contact and speak clearly.
Communication is key in any relationship; this includes the one with your recruiting Consultant or potential Employer if dealing with them directly. There is nothing more frustrating than when representing a candidate, they “Ghost” you. If anything changes for you at any point, share this information with them.
This could be changing your mind about the role, accepting another offer, or are just no longer available for any other reason, but don’t leave your consultant or potential Employer in the dark. I want to represent you as positively as I can but to do this, I need to know what is going on with you. So please answer my calls, my texts, my emails even if it means telling me you are no longer available, I can work with this, I can manage your personal brand in a way that leaves the door open for future opportunities, if you “Ghost” me (or an Employer) I won’t be so keen to represent you again in the future – Show common courtesy, it’s not HARD!
I for one will provide my candidates with what I can to help them prepare as best they can for their interview; I want to see you interview at your very best and so I ask you to read the company website, review the position description and LinkedIn profiles I provide, take on board any tips or tricks I share with you and look into parking and where you are going prior to leaving for your interview.
I will also add, prepare yourself to answer questions in a thoughtful and professional manner, go prepared with any questions, and when answering questions be detailed and specific to your experiences but also stay on track to ensure you answer the question asked. It still surprises me to this day when I hear a candidate was not prepared when they entered an interview. Don’t derail yourself without doing the simple stuff!