Congratulations – You have an interview…
Finally, it is time for your interview. Though your CV has impressed enough to get you to the interview stage, it is never a good idea to assume that the interview is ‘in the bag’.
To ensure you are fully prepared in advance, there are a number of critical things to consider.
To help we have created a step by step interview preparation checklist based on what all our successful candidates plan for.
Account Manager Interview Checklist
Once your interview has been confirmed, follow the process below to ensure you are fully prepared
to demonstrate why you are the right candidate for “the role and company.”
- Schedule holiday with your current employer.
- Speak to your recruitment consultant for a full interview brief. What you need to know is:
- When is the interview, day, date, time, and place?
- Whom will the interview be with?
- Will it be one interview or a series with different people from the company?
- Will this be a competency-based interview?
- If there is a presentation required, ensure you have a full brief.
- Check out the logistics of the interview location.
- Do you know where it is and how to get there? [If not, time the journey!]
- Do your online homework and read the company’s website and blog.
- Make a note of anything exciting or information about their growth plans. Look at their testimonials or cases studies. Look at their social media presence, what are they sharing you could use as a conversation starter.
- Review the job description and your CV.
- Identify the links between the role you are applying for and your CV.
- Look at the bullet points on the job description and have examples ready to discuss that show your suitability for this role
- Prepare three potential answers to questions that you may be asked that would demonstrate your ability to deliver on each specific part of the job description.
- Review the competencies that the role requires.
- Reflect on your own experience and past successes and prepare examples that demonstrate these competencies.
- It is essential to use the STAR model when answering competency-based questions. [This is The situation, Task, Action and Result.]
**Where possible use examples from the recent past and prepare at least three for each competency.
- Practice delivering your answers so that you are fluent and can communicate them with confidence. Ask a friend or significant other to practice with you.
- If you have documented evidence related to your success take that with you. This might include letters of commendation from one of the senior leaders, your last performance review, thank you letters or any awards you might have won.
- Prepare questions to ask your future employer. Make these questions about the company and role that you have not been able to find information on:
- Look your interviewer up on LI to know a little about their background
- questions such as future of the company and role rather than details of the compensation and benefits package.
- If you feel you have the right rapport, as the interviewer about their time at this company
- Plan what you intend to wear. Though this might sound ‘old school’, first impressions count and what you wear to an interview needs to be professional and appropriate for the role you are applying for. If you are unsure, check with your recruitment consultant.
If you know you lack confidence in an interview situation, there are plenty of resources online that will help. Visit http://ice-recruitment.com/blog/ or contact us directly.
Ice Recruitment Ltd
Specialist Recruiters In The I.T. Channel
Ice Recruitment is the specialist recruitment partner for the IT channel. We work exclusively in the IT Channel partnering with VARS, LARS, IT Resellers, Distributors, Vendors, Specialist niche resellers and software & services businesses.
The difference is that we work exclusively in the Channel. We are not all things to all men. We specialise in our chosen market, the IT channel because we believe in becoming experts, trusted advisers and partners.
We offer an excellent referral scheme to all of our candidates.
If you refer a friend / colleague / family member to us and we find them a new role, then we will happily pay you a referral fee for taking the time to refer them to us.
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