Regardless of whether you are applying for an entry-level or a senior position, it’s more than likely that you will have to interview for the role. This, of course, has two distinct purposes, firstly it gives you a chance to demonstrate your fit to the employer, and secondly, it helps you understand if the role is right for you.
Interviews, however, are high-pressure situations and with all the different components it can be difficult to establish priorities. To be successful, candidates need to take the time to prepare before meeting with the hiring team.
Discussion topics, ways to position yourself, experience, creating a positive impression, etc. are all important. Candidates should consider three distinct areas:
- Research: Learn as much as you can about the company and the position.
- Planning: Carefully consider what to wear and how to present yourself professionally.
- Practice: Reflect on the most effective ways to discuss common interview subjects.
Whilst it’s important to understand and address what the employer needs, candidates can become so fixated on interview performance that, over and above the basics, they fail to think about what they need.
As you move through the interview process, think about your current career goals and the role you are applying for. Make a list of the different considerations and rank them. For example, do the organisation’s values align with your personal values? Are the organisations' projects right for your career? Do you have a clear understanding of the company culture and etc.?
We have created a simple guide so anyone can get the most out of the interview process. It will help you to identify your top 10 job considerations and determine how closely you align to the role you’re applying for.
Interviews can be stressful, confusing, and we can sometimes focus on the wrong things, putting others' priorities ahead of our own. Everyone's values and considerations will be ranked and weighted differently. For example, is salary the most important factor, or do you need a promotion in the next 12 months, or do you need an accreditation for career progression and etc.? If you think you are ready for the next step in your career, a conversation with an industry-specific recruitment specialist is a logical step.
CGC Recruitment is a specialist consultancy with offices in Sydney and Brisbane and we can help. We specialise in fulfilling roles in the construction, infrastructure, engineering, and architecture sectors at all levels. As a leading industry recruiter, we always have a long list of opportunities for ambitious and professional individuals.
You can search our latest vacancies here, or alternatively, upload your CV and we’ll contact you when we have a suitable vacancy available.