Boost your chances of success by following Juggle's advice on interview techniques. We've based this on the interview experience of our professionals and the businesses we match them with.
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1. At this point in your career you're probably quite experienced with interviews; you may have even conducted a few yourself. All we'll say is: even when interviewing for senior roles, it's important not to forget the basics. Demonstrating that you're empathic and a good cultural fit is still important – because now you could be a big part in driving and shaping that culture.
2. Employers will use the statements on your CV to structure their questions, so ensure you're prepared to support those statements if they ask for specifics. If you've included something like “I increased revenue from X to X” be prepared to explain exactly how you did that and why you think it worked.
3. Think about tailoring your potential answers to the role in question. A useful exercise is to go down the job spec, take each key point or specific requirement and think about how it matches up with your own experience.
4. Don't panic about gaps in your career history; explain them truthfully and succinctly and then use them to offer context.
e.g. “I took voluntary redundancy in XXX – which was possible because I had earned well while there – because the timing felt right to pursue my own business. Now I'm coming back to employment with new skills in Y and Z that I learned during that chapter of my career.”
5. Understand what makes you unique. What is it that you do really well? You only need to communicate this to yourself for now, but it’s a useful exercise to go through!
e.g. “I’m a strong leader in a startup environment because I thrive on pace, problem-solving and ambiguity - it’s when I’m at my best. I become calm when there is panic and enjoy leading from chaos through to (close to) certainty.”
You may find that articulating this to yourself provides a good foundation for how you present yourself and answer questions.
6. Dress to impress. We aren't going to tell you what to wear (you're top talent, you don't need our style advice), but we would suggest you:
- Wear something you feel comfortable and empowered in.
- Research the culture of your potential employer and choose your outfit accordingly. If you can't get a good read, play it safe with smart-casual.
- It never hurts to stand out, even in a very corporate environment. A single splash of colour or favourite accessory can be all it takes.
Showing interest in the company
1. Try to keep your energy levels high when discussing the business. There's no need to be a cheerleader, but employers are looking for candidates that are excited to take on new challenges and make an impact. The kinds of question you ask about the role and business (see step 3) can have a massive impact here.
2. Research your interviewer, including recent press articles and blogs. Check if you have any shared contacts on LinkedIn - you could even get in touch with any mutual contacts to get further insight.
3. Prepare some questions to ask. Jot down between 5-8, covering things like: culture, their expectations for the role, company growth/change plans, their headaches. Avoid anything about specific processes unless these will have an appreciable impact on your views of the role (these will be answered later and your time is limited). Order your questions in terms of importance so you can make the most of the available time.