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How to show you really want a job

By Andrew Bredin, Regional Managing Director of Hays North West

If you have an interview coming up for a job you really want, it can be difficult to showcase how much you want it, without coming across as desperate. If you’re eager to show the interviewer that you want this job it’s smart to have a strategy in place.

So, you know you really want the job, the question is, how do you show the interviewer this? Here are five foolproof practices to follow before and during the interview which I have found to be very effective.

1. Know the company

Before you enter the interview room, do your homework. With so much information available online, this is easier than it has ever been, so there’s really no excuse. Take some time to review the company website, read any press releases, and study their social media channels.

Through proper research you will be able to get real idea of the DNA and culture of this organisation, so you can then reflect that knowledge during the interview. In doing this, you are demonstrating to the interviewer that you have made a real effort to do thorough research, and therefore must be interested in the role.

2. Prepare

It’s also worth considering some of the key interview questions you may be asked and prepare some answers that you may like to give. What are the most common interview questions for this particular role and sector? Do you have an idea of how you would answer these?

Study the job-specification and cross reference it with your CV. Are there projects, specific training courses or examples from your previous jobs that are particularly relevant? Have clear details of these that you are prepared to talk about.

Practice your answers out loud at home beforehand and, if you can, have someone listen and give you feedback.

This kind of preparation will ensure that your suitability and keenness for the role comes across in the form of concise and composed answers that resonate strongly with the interviewer. This will also demonstrate that you have taken the time to practice your interview technique, so must care about this opportunity.

3. Be inquisitive

The interview itself is a great opportunity to learn more about the role and get a feel for the company. Consider asking if the position is new. If not, how has it evolved? This will provide you with some insight into the direction of travel for the business.

Ask about the stakeholders for the position, the measurements of success and the tools you will have at your disposal to ensure you will exceed expectations. You may also learn something interesting about the organisational culture from these questions.

Remember to ask the interviewer for details of their background as this will help build your rapport with them and show your people skills.

Asking the above questions will show that you want the job on a number of levels.

Firstly, having good questions ready says that you want the job enough to think ahead and prepare. Secondly it will demonstrate your curiosity to learn more about the role, the interviewer and the business as a whole. Lastly, you will be able to strengthen your answers based on any insights that you get from asking these questions, therefore demonstrating your attentiveness throughout this interview.

4. Mind your body language

A smile, eye contact, a good handshake and control of your hands while speaking all contribute to transmitting your enthusiasm to add value in the company. Demonstrating your passion will certainly give you a competitive edge over the other candidates and provide you with the best possible chance of starting work in your dream job.

5. Final statement

Once the question and answer segment is over, but before you leave the room, think about giving a one or two minute “pitch” which wraps up why you’re so interested in this role specifically. This is your last chance to make an impression, so be clear and precise – this may well be how the interview panel remembers you. Make it good. Again, it may be sensible to practice this at home.

6. Follow up

The last thing to think about is some basic manners; follow the interview up with a thank you email that emphasises your keenness for the role and company. Send this to your recruiter to pass on to the hiring manager at the company but keep it short, sweet and to the point. This is the polite and professional cherry on the top of a great application and interview.

In summary, the bulk of showing your enthusiasm boils down to good preparation; from researching the company and role, to punctuality, presentation and preparation.

For more information or to discuss your recruitment needs, please contact your local consultant.

About this author

After a career in professional cricket Andrew joined Hays in London in 1987 as a trainee consultant within the Construction & Property business. He rose to the position of Managing Director of that business in the UK, a position he held until 2011.

Andrew was then appointed Regional Managing Director of the North West Region of Hays UK, responsible for 21 different businesses. This region has been one of the most consistently successful in the UK, in terms of both fee and profit growth. He has also retained responsibility nationally for the Construction & Property business and has both the national Finance and Education leads reporting into him. In 2017 he was also appointed Regional Managing Director of Hays Scotland, alongside his other responsibilities.


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