How to take charge of the interview process
Time kills all deals, even employment opportunities. The interview process is like any other in a busy managers life. It can stall, fall flat on it’s face, get put on hold for no reason and just downright struggle to obtain any resolution. View the process as a whole lengthy procedure that you need to manage well to get to the end of. See yourself as an integral, contributing character with capability to help and positively influence the process and you will maximise your chances of success.
How can you do as much to assist in the process?
1. Be a responsive Candidate. Be helpful and keen without coming across as over eager.
2. Show initiative.
3. If you are working with a recruiter, at all times give them a positive impression of yourself, so when you ask for the Clients direct contact details they feel like they can trust you to represent yourself well, be professional and not embarrass them.
4. Demand interview prep.
If you are working with a recruiter, you should expect this as part of the service. It’s in their best interest for you to get jobs, so investing half an hour on interview coaching will help.
5. Thank everyone involved for giving their time to interview you.
6. Expect feedback and chase for it.
Trust our experts to coach you through the interview process.
Chase both recruiter and Client if you can. Be polite and positive.
7. Try and fit in with interview times and arrangements.
It can be extremely hard to manage the diaries of high level people, no sooner has a slot come up than it is filled and gone and on to the next. By being as flexible as possible you might just get an opportunistic break that no-one else did.
8. Show initiative.
If the Client or recruiter is trying to set up a telephone interview and you drive past their offices every day, suggest you call in face to face instead. This sort of exposure will have more of an effect and better conversion rate.
9. Make alternative suggestions, if their diary is cram packed:
• suggest a short breakfast or week end meeting with them.
• Suggest you meet half way for coffee.
• Suggest you just have a telephone interview, this is a downsell, but a phone interview is better than none.
10. Don’t rely on a recruiter to use their brains and think in advance of all these suggestions.
11. Do what you can to troubleshoot the entire process and iron out kinks for a positive resolution.