You’ve done everything in your power to get to this, the last stage before success – the interview. You’ve gotten qualified, built an online presence, refined your CV, and used your carefully preserved documents (and much more). It’d be a shame for it all to go to waste, so no pressure. Interviews are when employers see if you match the information you gave them. You wouldn’t be there if they didn’t think you capable, you just need to walk the talk and act as your evidence for your claims. Prove to them you are who you say you are. This is the last hurdle, so it’s only fitting it’s the last tip.
Tip 8 – interviews.
What is it? Interviews can take many forms; they aren’t always a series of questions fired across the room. They can be online ‘Skype’ interviews, competency assessments, psychometric profiling and many more. But no matter the form, the purpose of interviews is always the same: to judge whether you are the most capable candidate available to them. Your task simple: make their job easy; show them you are the best candidate for the role.
How do I show I’m the best candidate? This is where it all comes together. The format of the interview will have been specially selected as the most suitable assessment method for their job specification, so give it a bit of research. In any case, the best candidate will be the person who can demonstrate the set of skills sought by the employer combined with a positive attitude. Show up with a sense of purpose; make it immediately obvious why you’re here, what you can do for them. Research is incredibly important. Understand the specifics of the role, explain how your qualifications and experience match up and be enthusiastic about the industry.
Recognise their needs by exploring their website, their social media channels and even their past. If you can talk with knowledge of their place within their industry and make it clear how you can help, then the job is as good as yours. You’ll even have the documents to substantiate your claims, bring along a portfolio of certificates, evidence of achievements, personal development reviews (PDR’s) and character assessments. Even if it isn’t asked for, it’ll show your organisational skills and enthusiasm for the role. Be likeable, these people need to work with you every day, so look the part and play the part. Better yet, even if it sounds clichéd, go ahead and be yourself.
Being unnatural is sometimes painfully obvious, you got yourself this far, trust yourself to take it further. However, the most important thing is to remember to remain calm and provide well-researched answers to their questions. Ask your own questions and genuinely care about the skills you can bring to the role and the business as a whole. Though I’ve said it a few times, ensure you make your value clear, that is the crux of any interview.
Well, that’s tip 8 and the service transition guide done! Go back over the past tips, if you haven’t already, to build a clear plan of what you want to do and how you’re going to do it. It is tough making the transition back into civilian life, but hopefully this guide will go some way to making it a bit easier.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for future military related posts and job roles perfect for service leavers. Give us a call on 0800 1422 522, and our military advisors can answer all of your queries. Alternatively you can get hold of us on social media with any questions and join in the conversation @IoSCM with #forcesintosupply The past tips were: 1. Funding through ELCAS 2. Building your social presence 3. Must-join transition organisations 4. Get qualified 5. CV advice 6. Keep your documents 7. Build an action plan The Recognition of Achievement and Armed Forces commitment are also great sources of information.
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