Interviews can be challenging for anyone. Itís not simply about 'confidence'. Many factors dictate the success or failure of an interview. The standard advice of be punctual, present well,etc is all true and relevant, but is not comprehensive. At Kaskal we thoroughly prepare candidates in relation to:
Even with our instantly recognizable global clients, where general background information is readily available, other more pertinent information is what the client will be really impressed by, rather than jargon thatís easily obtainable.
Information on the division where you would be working is much harder to obtain. Due to our superior relationships, Kaskal can help present with you with a detailed insight equipping you not only to impress the client, but more importantly empowering you make a sound judgment on the opportunity at hand. Remember, an interview is a two way process Ė not just the client interviewing you, but in the right manner you interview the client. Clients are invariably impressed by candidates who not only come across well and are technically sound, but also by those who ask insightful questions which to the client helps demonstrate a number of attractive qualities.
We donít believe in Ďprepping candidatesí in terms of actual questions asked; our clients donít appreciate it and it inevitably leads to unsatisfactory outcomes for candidate, client and our business. Our approach is genuine in finding the right candidate, for the right job and for the right client. However, information around general direction in terms scope and areas to be covered is critical. In this regard, Kaskal will thoroughly prepare you. We openly convey to candidate and client what we discuss with you one on one.
The Hiring Manager & Team
This is who youíll be working for and working with. Knowing what to expect here is essential in order to build a good rapport. At Kaskal you will know what to expect, in terms of style and temperament. In part mirroring not so much the style of the interviewer, but the pace of flow of the interview can help aid a successful outcome. Aside from your read of the interviewer, there can still be different personalities and skill-sets within the team. Donít be reserved about asking around your potential team; after all you will be spending the major part of your imminent day to day future with them.
Very simply know your CV Ė you should be able to qualify and expand upon any part of your CV. Preparation should involve comparing your CV with the job specification. Be comfortable in drawing the parallels and also addressing the areas where your existing skill-set does not match with that of the position. Too many candidate endeavour to re-direct the interviewers attention away from these areas. Not having a 100% skills match is not a negative, indeed where candidates do match up comprehensively to the job specification, the client may question your motivation to work in a role where there is no career development for you.
Very often candidates can develop great rapport with the client and have a very appropriate skill-set yet donít receive an offer as the client may not gain a sense for the candidates desire to work in the position. Demonstrate your interest in the role openly with the client.
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