Well what do you know? Despite the irony of not actually being a business, we only went and got ourselves invited to the Milton Keynes Business Achievement awards 2017! That’s right, first there was the MK Digital Awards and now, another awards dinner and celebration for all that is great and good in Milton Keynes has come our way! Did we deserve it? Probably not. But the price for suffering through a lovely evening filled with lovely people, not to mention all the wine and dinner at the Doubletree Hilton, was a bit of tweeting and this post. So because we rather like doing our bit to support local businesses making good on their successes (and it’s fair to say that we also like lovely evenings, lovely people and plenty of wine and dinner) we thought; lets do this.
Ah, the interview!
I’ve been on both sides of the interviewing table on countless occasions, both as a hungry job-seeker chasing that perfect career opportunity, or as a hiring manager looking to boost the skills and capability of my team by finding the ideal recruit.
Currently on a round of interviews to seek out a new vacancy in my team, I’ve been through at least fourteen interviews (I’ve been a bit picky..) thus far and have seen some good, and some not so good candidates… and interviews. I thought it might be worth sharing my own experiences of how I prepare for an interview and also some observations on what I like (and dislike) when talking to potential candidates.
Before we dive into my top ten interview tips, remember:
There is no such thing as being over-prepared for an interview, and in *most* circumstances, no excuse for being caught off-guard. The responsibility for nailing the interview sits with nobody other than YOU!
I really believe the “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” mantra applies here.