Interview technique is important, says expert

11-06-2008

Interview technique is important, says expert
Job candidates should ensure they have fine-tuned their interview technique while applying for vacancies, one expert has suggested.

According to recruitment firm Nigel Lynn, jobseekers should avoid the clangers made by contestants on last week's The Apprentice programme aired on BBC One.

Rhonda Lusty from the company stated that "a lot of mistakes" were made by the final five during their gruelling interviews.

Ms Lusty advised: "Although you want to come across in a professional manner, it’s also important to be enthusiastic and show the interviewer that you have a personality that will fit in well with the team."

Candidates should let their talents shine through, remain professional and stay true to their own personality, she added.

The interview process is "vital" to employers involved in recruitment, Ms Lusty remarked.

The Apprentice has apparently sparked an increased interest in sales positions, CV-Library stated last week.

More critical in his choices, ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg insists that above all, applicants should be themselves.

"There's a lot of hype about the whole business of getting hired," he explains.

"CVs are pumped larger than life, often 'breathed on' by experts - interview techniques are carefully coached."

His warning is clear: "Very often the person sitting in front of you can be quite different to the real human being underneath."

"Knowing this, any serious recruiter always runs background checks, verifying CV claims and getting accurate character references," he continues.

"Not much room for playacting in there, even to an expert at keeping up appearances."

"What matters most is sincerity and being true to who you really are," he insists.

"Both strengths show up quickly in a simple ClickATest assessment - and both are qualities you can never claim but which every company wants."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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