It’s time. You’ve made the decision to seek out a new job, your CV is primed, you’ve registered with an esteemed recruiter and you’ve been selected to interview for a PA role you’re really excited about! The only thing is… it’s been so long since you’ve had an interview, you’re not sure how best to prepare for it!
Have no fear: just follow these simple guidelines and you won’t go wrong!
All too often we see candidates underestimate the importance of researching their prospective employer, interviewer and position. While it’s true you might not have an opportunity to demonstrate your research in an interview, we firmly believe it’s always best to be over-prepared. See if the business has been in the media recently, who their competitors are, and learn about the business structure. Try and find the interviewers on LinkedIn – and while you’re at it, update your own LinkedIn profile.
Unpick the job description
The job description should offer you insight into the role responsibilities of course, but it should also outline the desired skills and sought-after competencies your prospective employer is looking for. For each requirement, note down an example in your career history that might apply or be relevant.
Once you’ve been through the job description with a fine tooth comb, you should be able to pre-empt some competency and behavioural questions they’re likely to ask. If you’re unsure, feel free to ask us to provide some examples! Note down your answers well ahead of the interview: It pays to do this in advance so all the details are front of mind! We’d recommend doing a practice run with a close friend or family member, or speak to us about our interview training.
Ensure you’re dressed appropriately for your interview. Even if you know them to have a casual dress code, keep it professional.
Despite all the interview preparation in the world, something as simple as a limp hand shake and / or negative body language could impact an interviewer’s first impression of you, consciously or not. Ensure you get it right.
Ask the right questions
When completing your research, think of some intelligent questions to ask either in conversation or at the end of the interview. Knowing which questions to avoid and which are appropriate to ask could make or break the hirer’s decision to bring you on board.
Do what you say you do
Sure, you’re organised, punctual and hardworking, but your interviewer has heard all that before. It’s all very well declaring your competencies on your CV but when you turn up ten minutes late looking ruffled, your pen doesn’t work and you’ve forgotten the name of your interviewer, your credibility will be immediately called into question. Don’t forget these basics! Plan your travel route, take two pens, a notebook and ensure you have a copy of your CV, your skills testing results and a copy of the job description. Your evident organisation will speak volumes to your interviewer.
We can’t say it enough: It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. If the interviewer has agreed to meet you, they must believe in your suitability for the job at hand. The interview is really just an opportunity to find out a little more detail, and to see if you match. So relax, try to keep your nerves under control, and let your personality shine through. Enjoy the experience!
Get in touch with us today to find out about our exciting available PA roles.