Winning interviews

An interview is a two-way negotiation. Your prospective employer needs to find out if you have the qualities and abilities to do well at the job that he/she is interviewing you for. And you need to be comfortable that the job on offer is what you want and is where you want to be.

Reflex Recruitment prides itself on matching candidates to the types of jobs they want and are ideally suited for. In order to help you with your job finding process we have listed out some helpful points below: Think about your skills, competencies, qualifications and experience.

  • Talk to friendly colleagues, present or recent, about their view of you as a team member, your strengths and how your CV reflects these.
  • What job function(s) can and should you do and in what sector or environment? Take advice on this too. Getting an interview is not the objective, just part of it.
  • Which consultancy understands your needs and who can you rely on? Members of REC like Reflex Recruitment have all agreed to abide by Codes of Practice and are subject to stringent membership criteria.
  • Reflex Recruitment specializes within the building services industry and we are experts in recruiting in this area.
  • Reflex Recruitment also has expertise in providing jobs in the fields of air conditioning, refrigeration and Building Maintenance Services (BMS).
  • We have access to vacancies that have not been advertised. We will market your skills and give you accurate advice on job finding techniques and/or improving your CV.
  • Once you have been offered an interview, what do you need to know about the Company? Product, size, locations, style, reputation – both as employers and suppliers, the sort of job they have for you.
  • The interview – first impressions count. Are you well groomed with tidy hair, shoes and clothing? Practice a good positive handshake; not too firm, not too weak.
  • Plan a reliable way of traveling to the interview which allows you to be a few minutes early (this means you should not be late when you’ve been delayed in reception or walking around their building).
  • Be polite to support staff you meet including those at the consultancy. They count too – and may influence a decision in your favor.

Try not to monopolise the meeting – let your interviewer talk. If they do not tell you, find out what are the key parts of the candidate specification so you can show how you meet them. Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitability of the organisation. Try to show, without being contrived, that you have done some research. Avoid too much self-opinion. Don’t let nervousness put you off. Never smoke, and it is probably safer not to accept tea or coffee as it can get in the way. If you are taking papers to the interview, put them in a suitable case or folder. Keep your replies simple. Offer positive information – do not give bad news unasked. Do not harp on problems or criticise previous employers. Make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing you.

  • If there is time, ask them if there is anything more they need to know about you. Start planning the letter you might send if you have not had time to get your best points across – or if something they have told you reminds you of your hidden depths.
  • After the interview tell us how it went and we will feedback from the client, including when we expect the client to make a decision. Everything is negotiable. If the final offer is not what you had hoped for, ask us to talk to the client, but please be specific about what you want and what you really will accept. And finally……….G00D LUCK!