Interview Guide

There is no doubt that the interview is the most crucial step in the recruitment process. Presenting and marketing yourself during the interview will ensure your best chance of securing the job you want.

To assist you to achieve this we have developed our interview guide.

1. Preparation

The better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be. A jobseeker that attends an interview fully prepared will be more confident and better able to represent themselves in the most favourable light possible. This will maximise the opportunity for success.

2. What do you need to know?

Specific facts about the company you are interviewing at – its history, financial position, mission, markets, competitors, latest news, products and services.

Specific facts about your present or former employer. Refresh your memory on this as you will be expected to know a lot about a company for which you have previously worked.

Pertinent examples from your career or personal life to demonstrate your skills and competencies that match the core competencies of the role you are being interviewed for.

Your market value. You should conduct thorough research into what your skills and experience is worth in the market. An Allura Partners consultant can help you with this.

4. Competency-based interviews

Organisations are increasingly using this technique to standardise the interviewing process. Competency based interviews (also sometimes known as behavioural interviews) focus on the core competencies that are needed to be successful in a role including knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics.

You will be required to give specific examples of past situations or exercises that demonstrate your competence in particular areas. You will need to give thoughtful answers, recalling as much detail as possible, ensuring that you make it relevant to the position you are interviewing for.

5. Two-way process

The interviewer will be trying to determine whether you are the right person for the role and culturally aligned to the company and team. A big factor in determining a cultural fit will be aligned to the questions you ask and the conversation that you hold. So make sure you are prepared to ask relevant questions.

5. Closing

If you are interested in the position, enquire about the next interview stage. If you get the impression that the interview is not going well and you have already been rejected, don’t let your discouragement show. From time to time an interviewer may intend to discourage you in order to test your reaction.

Lastly, call your consultant as soon as you can after the interview with your feedback. The consultant will want to speak with you before the interviewer calls. If you are asked back for a second interview, be prepared to answer further questions about both yourself and your CV. Upon successful completion of the interview process, your consultant will guide you through the job offer stage and negotiate the offer between you and your new employer.