Interview preparation neglected by job seekers

Without stating the obvious, interviews are an unavoidable and necessary part of securing that next role.   A candidate’s ability to successfully navigate his or her way around the interview process will determine success or failure.  But reaching the interview stage of the recruitment process in itself is quite a challenge.

We asked respondents to tell us how many positions on average they interviewed for, before they secured their most recent role.  29 per cent have it perfected to a fine art and said that just one interview was required.  This is down, however, from 35 per cent in 2011.  Almost one quarter or 23 per cent said that two interviews were required up slightly from 21 per cent in 2011 while over one fifth or 21 per cent said that five or more interviews were necessary.

Looking at interview preparation in detail, we asked respondents if they get external help when preparing their CV or resume.  Exactly half responded negatively, an astonishingly high figure when one considers that the CV is the door-opener to that elusive interview.

At Clarion Resourcing we consider interview preparation and particularly CV preparation a fundamental part of the service that we offer.   And we offer these services free of charge.  While having a standard CV is fine, candidates should tailor and align it for each role that is applied for, taking care to ensure that the necessary criteria are reflected in the CVs content.

Interview technique is already a fundamental part of the interview process and again job seekers are neglecting this valuable tool.  Over half or 56 per cent of respondents said they never practice interview techniques with a work colleague or friend.  Interview technique practice helps to build confidence – the more time and effort invested in the interview process, the better the chance of landing that role.

Finally, we asked respondents about competency-type questions and the level of preparation as part of the interview process.  On a positive note, 70 per cent confirm that this important element of preparation is covered but a core of 17 per cent said they never do it.

Interview preparation is a critical element in helping you to secure your next role.  Don’t forget there are free resources you can tap into, including recruitment agency staff who will help you to fine-tune your approach and ensure that your interview preparation is as good as it can be.

On February 7th, 2013, posted in: Blog by


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