Improve your Interview technique
Applying for a job with a new developer can be daunting, so we’ve compiled some top tips to ensure your CV gets you through the door, and your interview technique keeps you in their thoughts. From getting the right balance between previous roles and experience, to the types of interview questions YOU should ask, the following will ensure you’re the only candidate they’ll think of.
First impressions count
For now, forget your interview. The first real impression is made by your CV. As the first real point of contact you have with a potential employer, the investment you make at this stage is the most critical. Adapting your CV to align your experience as closely as possible to the role you are applying for will make it easy for employers to put you on the ‘see’ pile.
A whole lot of history
By highlighting your previous roles and achievements, your qualifications, training courses completed and other successes within your CV, you save the developer the time having to trawl through yet another CV to find the skills they are looking for. With an already comprehensive and well-structured CV, this can be achieved in mere minutes and put you miles ahead of the competition.
Know your industry
To prepare the most effective CV – and particularly once an interview has been arranged – even the most experienced sales consultants are advised to research their prospective company, and if possible visit one of their developments. First-hand knowledge of the way a developer works on site can assist you in promoting the most relevant aspects of your career history.
A few other things to consider:
- The latest is greatest – list all roles and experience in reverse order
- Time is precious – make your CV no more than two pages, clearly and concisely written
- Mind the gap – don’t leave any holes in your employment history (but don’t go back thirty years!)
- The spell for success – check your CV for errors and spelling mistakes – it should go without saying, but you’d be surprised…
The appropriate preparation for your interview is essential. Start by asking yourself why you are looking to fill this role – if you ever hope to satisfy your interviewer with your answer, you will first need to satisfy yourself. And while it might sound obvious, make sure you arrive to your appointment dressed in appropriate business attire and on time (or better, a little early)…first impressions really do matter!
Knowledge is power
Research undertaken at the CV stage earlier will put you in further good stead during the interview process. Being able to relate to your prospective employer’s corporate literature, website or on-site environment will show enthusiasm and proactivity, in addition to allowing you to answer questions both competently and confidently.
It’s a two-way street
Always remember that the interview is as much your opportunity to learn about the role as it is the employer’s to learn about you. Will the role bring out the best in your abilities? What scope is there for your personal development? Questions such as these demonstrate enthusiasm and a progressive mindset. Use them to your advantage.
Confidence is King
When the time comes, don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer how much you would like to be considered for the role, and ask when you might hear from them regarding a decision. While it might seem presumptuous, displaying confidence in this manner can go a long way towards making you stand out from the crowd.
Is there anything else?
If you’ve got any further questions on constructing a killer CV or how to tackle your next interview, just get in touch. You can find all the right people to talk to at maitlandselwyn.co.uk, or you can message us directly via Facebook or LinkedIn.