When it comes to navigating interviews, it can be daunting trying to work out when to ask for more information. We’ve taken the hard work out of this and have put our team to the test, getting their insight into navigating jobs. Check out their top tips beneath to help you stay ahead of the curve!
How long should I expect to wait after an interview before I hear feedback? Failing that, how long do I give it before I message my consultant?
When is comes to waiting for feedback, this can be one of the worst parts of the whole interview process. This is when the self doubt can kick in and it’s difficult to gauge how well you actually performed. It’s important to not rush through the waiting period though, and to give them time to mull over the options. Kiri Brooks from our Auckland Corporate team highlights that;
This depends on the client process, ask your recruiter or the client directly how long the process will take or when to expect feedback. Some clients will give feedback immediately which means you will get feedback the next day. Alternatively you may need to wait until the end of the interview process which could be up to a week. If you have confirmed when the feedback should be given then it is acceptable to follow up at that expected time, which reasonably should be within a few days.
Keep in mind that the interview process is designed to allow you to get to know the employer as much as it is for the employer to get to know you!
Am I likely to hear back over a long weekend?
It’s probably safe to say that we all love a long weekend, and it’s important that people take time off to relax and recover. Whilst unlikely that you’d hear back over a long weekend, it’s not impossible. Sif Arnardottir from our Auckland IT/Digital team notes;
You would not usually hear back on a long weekend, however it depends on the urgency of the role. Typically if the interview happens on a Thursday or Friday before a long weekend, you won’t hear back until the week following.
Most employers and recruiters lead active lives outside of work, and relish the opportunity to take some time off over the long weekends we get each year!
I haven’t interviewed in a few years – what are some things I should avoid doing?
If you’re asking yourself this question, fear not, you’re not alone! Whilst some people are inherently good at interviews, it’s common to have some concerns prior to an interview. When you’ve spent upwards of 2-3 years at a place before moving on, you’re ingrained in the processes, systems and methods of that place, and as a result, looking at alternatives can seem very daunting. Helene Smith from our Wellington Corporate team notes that;
Don’t be late but also don’t be more than 5 minutes early, everyone is busy and the client has allocated a specific amount of time in their day to spend with you, turning up early or late could disrupt the flow of the day.
Also avoid trying to be someone you are not. Just be yourself. If the interview goes well you will know it is because they genuinely like you and your skills and you will fit their organisation. If you put on an ‘interview persona’ you may end up in a company that doesn’t fit.
Being yourself is key to impressing in an interview, and you’ll find that your experience naturally radiates as you speak!
Is it important to still dress up for a video interview?
In our modern interviewing landscape, it’s easy to want to rock those PJ pants under the desk – after all, they’re only going to see your face and torso right? Well that’s what you’d think, but presentation is still important. Sif highlights also that;
Yes, Presentation is always important. That does not mean that a suit, tie or a new set of eyebrows is required but making an effort is important. You don’t want your “I just rolled out of bed hair” to be a distraction from your skills.
So remember to put your best foot forward for the interview. If you’re feeling good about your outfit, you’ll radiate that confidence.
Is it cheesy to send a thank you email, regardless of outcome? Does it make a difference?
No, it’s not cheesy to send a thank you email! It only gets cheesy if it’s too dramatic, or too packed with unnecessary commentary and emotive language. Keep in mind that leaving a lasting impression by being grateful for the interviewers time, and support through the process, will serve you better in the long run than paragraphs of regret! Helene also comments that;
A short, concise message to say thank you for their time is a lovely gesture and will make the client remember you fondly for this or any future opportunities.
So keep those emails concise, and leave yourself in good standing.
What’s something that always stands out in potential employees?
Every employer and interviewer is unique, however there are always certain characteristics that shine through. Charisma and charm are always key contenders and being able to really engage with the interviewer is important – better yet if you can joke with them! Kiri further notes that;
Confidence, communication skills, personal presentation and being prepared. A candidate that is articulate and answers questions with relevant and detailed examples will always stand out to a recruiter or potential employer.
All in all, being well prepared for the interview by knowing your answers, and information about the company that you’re interviewing for will help place you in good stead for the process!