There’s little doubt a job interview can be a nerve-wracking affair. Even the most self-assured among us are likely to have experienced a case of the jitters in this undeniably high-pressure situation.
And while it’s completely normal to feel nervous, carrying out thorough preparation for your interview should go some way to assuaging your anxieties and allow you to show why you’re the right person for the role.
At CHASE, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about interviews, as we’ve been passing on our considerable experience and preparing some of the best candidates in pharma sales and healthcare for many years.
With that in mind, here are five things we believe you should always get across during an interview …
1. Show Off Your Skills
Demonstrate succinctly how you’ll transfer your skills, success and capabilities into the role you’re applying for and be prepared to elaborate on your areas of development and how you and the company can work towards these.
2. Demonstrate Your Research
Fully research and make sure that you can identify with the company culture, values and perspectives. Make certain you can breathe these values and bring them to life via what they mean to you.
3. Make an Impact
The average interview lasts between 45-60 minutes. It’s a relatively small window of time to deliver the right message. Make sure you’ve made a credible impact with your Situation, Task, Action, Result, Learn based competency answers, and remember to check that the interviewer is happy with your answers.
4. Ask Insightful Questions
Create the need to ask insightful questions during the interview. Examples of this would be:
- “What constitutes success within this role and company?”
- “How will I be measured in this role?”
- “How will your company help me develop and progress?”
This will show self-assurance and impact!
5. Gain a Commitment
It’s vital to make sure you gain a commitment at the end of the interview. Close down the interview with something along the lines of:
- “Do you see me fitting in with your team?”
- “Do you need me to demonstrate and further skills or examples to convince you to take me forward to the next stage?”
- “What does the next stage look like?”
This will bring the interview to a neat conclusion and pave the way to the next stage.
If you’re keen to put the interview tips above into practice, please browse our Job Search and Vacancies page. Additionally, remember to connect with us on LinkedIn for regular updates and job-hunting tips.