Interview Guide: How to Prepare for an Interview
In a highly competitive market, exploring job opportunities and standing out from the sea of applicants is a challenge in and of itself. At the same time, employers are pushed to keep up with the changing trends in hiring processes while competing for the top talent. From deciding if a candidate is a good fit for your firm to nailing a job interview for a position you’ve been eyeing, we’ve put together a few tips on how you – hiring managers and candidates – can prepare for an interview.
How to Impress at a Job Interview
When thinking of professional interviews, the pressures faced by candidates come to mind. However, attracting top candidates and impressing a hiring manager are two sides of the same coin. As much as developing a personal brand in alignment with a prospective position is necessary, companies must also provide the best candidate experience that reflects well on their brand.
If you are a candidate
A job interview is designed for potential candidates to address an organisation’s questions and provide insight on how one can add value to the company. One of the main ways a hiring manager recognises your expertise in a particular field is through the questions posed during the interview.
Aimed at understanding your experience and aspirations in relation to the organisation’s goals and expectations, there are a few frequently asked questions that will be brought up during a job interview:
- Tell me about yourself
- What inspires you?
- What can you contribute to the role and our organisation?
- Do you have any questions for us?
These are a conglomeration of typical interview questions and tough ones that require thorough preparation. Leveraged to attain relevant information that will help determine if you compliment the job scope, it is best to avoid restating claims made in your resume. Instead, discuss achievements and skills that apply to the job and demonstrate self-awareness. Also note that interviews are not a one-way street – prepare questions to ask during an interview to showcase interest in their culture and business models.
If you are a hiring manager
As much as you are deciding if a candidate is the best fit for your company, they are doing the same. With the abundance of information applicants now have at their disposal, enticing highly skilled candidates requires more than a transactional experience. To gain a competitive edge, hiring managers need to pick out interview questions that better facilitate the conversation and impress potential hires. Beyond the typical interview questions, engage candidates with oddball questions that require quick thinking or ones that offer valuable information as to what they’re looking for in a job.
About Real Staffing Singapore
Real Staffing Singapore is an established firm that delivers world-class recruitment services and talent solutions to organisations within the STEM industries. Having gained experience through working with companies of all sizes, we promise a tailored approach that achieves the best outcome for both our clients and candidates. For professionals looking for your next job within Life Sciences, take a look at our latest roles for opportunities curated according to sectors, locations, and work arrangements. Alternatively, organisations and professionals can get in touch with our team for more information on our recruitment services and processes.
How will Real Staffing Singapore add value to my company’s interview process?
At Real Staffing, we understand that efficiency is key, which is why our recruitment solutions are quick and compliant. We adapt to your changing needs and offer a tailored approach to achieve the best outcome for both our clients and candidates. We ensure that we comb the talent market, find out candidates’ availability and interests before proceeding to showcase only the best talent, and arrange an interview with the hiring manager.
How does Real Staffing Singapore find the right talent?
When looking for a suitable candidate in a niche industry within STEM who aims to improve the lives of people globally, we take the time to understand each candidate’s motivations. With access to a range of channels that are updated daily and over a million candidates in our internal database, we sieve through the various profiles to place the right talent in the right role to support continued growth in your organisation.
Do I need to be part of the interview process?
As partners throughout the hiring process, you can be as involved as you would like during the entire hiring process. With experience within recruitment, we leverage our expertise to make constructive and data-led recommendations from which our clients will make the ultimate hiring decision.