Attending an interview is like walking into the unexpected, each one may vary for several reasons. However, there are some core skills you can take with you in order to ensure that you come across well during your time with the employer. Here are Kensington's Top 5 Skills to take to an interview.
Sounds obvious, right? Well, it has been forgotten. Going to an interview without doing some thorough research on the company is a big no. Understanding the company values and how they work can lend itself to you being successful. This knowledge can be used to demonstrate how you can you can add value to the business and how you can assist in pushing them forward based on where they are now.
As we say time and time again, personality fit is just as important as skill fit, which means you should attend your interview displaying your true self. Rehearsing what you are going to say before an interview is great, but make sure it comes out naturally and as you would say it. Don't be afraid to show your true personality, it is important for the employer to see this before they hire you to ensure you both fit well.
There are many skills we gain throughout our career and life which add value to our next career step. Be sure to explain some core competencies which will benefit your new position, for example, a previous Production Manager applying for a Manufacturing Manager role may be able to transfer their skills in management, lean manufacturing and team organisation. So, it is important to look through your CV and pick out the key skills which you have done, that will be transferable to your desired position.
Throughout your interview there will be times where your interviewer provides information about the company or role. It is important for you to listen, so that you pick up on potential opportunities to discuss. It is also essential to demonstrate good listening skills to show engagement, which will also be a good trait to have in many roles. Ensure you observe your interviewer to ensure your responses and pace match theirs.
Nerves are inevitable when going to an interview, but you should use this energy positively. Showing you are confident (without being arrogant) can prove your capability of doing the job to your interviewers. This means knowing your CV well, and being able to explain why you are right for this job, but really meaning what you say. Confidence is also shown in great eye contact, a positive attitude and a firm handshake.
If you have all of these under your belt before an interview, you're at a good start. If you wish for more specific advice based on your role/industry, please contact one of our consultants who are happy to help you in finding your ideal job.