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Your Complete Guide to a Successful Interview
Sian Richardson, Director of Forces CV Services, has a long and successful history of preparing candidates to fulfil their career ambitions. As a former HR Manager and Recruitment Specialist, she is a specialist in the field.
How you present yourself before, during and after interviews is crucial in determining whether or not you secure the job you want in Civvy Street. The objective of this guide is to provide some best practice advice and guidance on how to undertake a successful interview.
STEP 1 – PREPARATION
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
I cannot stress strongly enough how important this step is. The more prepared you are before the interview, the more confident you will feel and the better you are likely to perform on the day itself.
Before the interview
Make a good impression. Dress like a professional. Wear a smart suit or matching trousers with blazer/jacket, a clean, ironed shirt and tie or blouse. Even if you think it may be company policy, avoid wearing casual clothes.
If applying for a manual job, still dress smartly and take a change of clothes with you in case you are asked to complete any technical work or tests.
Step 2 – The interview
First impressions count!
Body Language & Interview Etiquette
Marketing Brand You
Structure your answers. Use the STAR method:
S – Situation, background set the scene
T – Task or Target, specifics of what’s required, when, where, who
A – Action, what you did, skills used, behaviours, characteristics
R – Result – Outcome, what happened?
I also suggest to clients that they may like to strengthen their answers further by explaining what they learned, what they’d do differently next time, or how they followed up on the situation.
Here’s a short video I wrote for BFRS which will give you some of my top CV hints and tips to help make your CV stand out from the crowd and secure those all-important interviews.
If you’d like a FREE CV HEALTH CHECK to assess if your CV would be likely to beat the ATS bots and get through the sift to the interview short-list, upload your CV today at https://forces-cvs.co.uk/free-cv-health-check/
Are you a qualified and experienced technician from the aviation sector, leaving or left the RAF, Navy or Army and worked on Fixed wing, Fast-jet or rotary wing aircraft?
BFRS will be hosting recruitment events with BAE Systems as they are are actively recruiting suitably qualified and experienced technicians to fill positions in Saudi Arabia, in support of their Aircraft Maintenance & Support contracts.
To support this, they undertake UK-wide recruitment campaigns and are staging a recruitment evenings in St. Athan, Lincoln and Swaffham.
Thinking of leaving the forces, going for a promotion or changing career?
Get your free 10 minute CV health check at the event next week.
We will assess your CV and offer some constructive feedback about its chances of beating ATS bots and getting through the application process to the interview stage.
Is your CV well presented?
Does it sell your relevant skills and expertise strongly enough for the job you want?
Is it likely to secure interviews?
Will it beat the ATS bots and get through the initial sift?
How can the CV be improved?
What can you do to get the edge over other candidates?
Can’t make it on the day? Don’t worry!
We’d like to wish all of our clients a very successful 2019!
If you need our help to secure your next career move, please contact us today.