The day came of my interview and I had prepped myself to the n’th degree, I was ready! And to be honest, I was more excited than nervous or worried. I wanted to show the Company just how good I could be and showcase my skills in the best possible way.
I set off in good time, I didn’t need to recce my route as I already knew where the interview was being held, (I would’ve done a dry run if I hadn’t been sure of the location). I arrived at the Company about 20 minutes early and parked up, this gave me chance to read through the interview notes I had made before heading off to the reception to book in.
I arrived at the Reception and gave the ladies on the desk the biggest smile and warmest hello whilst booking in, these people are often in good positions with Managers and MDs etc so it can’t harm to charm the socks off them. The intern who came to pick me up to take me to my interviewers got the same treatment.
After climbing a mammoth amount of stairs (thank god for the sensible shoes!) I arrived at the interview room and with my interview panel…that’s right, an interview panel of 3 people. They all were Managers of various seniority and after the handshakes and introductions we sat down and got down to business. I offered them my newest CV, they declined and I took out my notebook and pen to jot things down should I become flustered.
Each Manager asked me different types of questions. First set of questions were generic ie Tell me a bit about yourself? Tell me why you left your last job? Then the second set were Competence based questions ie. Tell me about a time you worked in a team? Tell me about a time when you checked your own work? And lastly were the more personal questions ie Why should we employ you? Why do you want to work for us? Rather than try and baffle them with intricate wording and my wide vocabulary I just spoke to them, in my normal tone using normal English. One of the questions they did ask was ‘What is my biggest weakness?’ Be as honest as you can without ruling yourself out of the job. I said that my lack of experience with the Time Management System they use was mine, however, I informed them that I had researched Time Management Systems as part of my Preparation and understood the mechanics of it, therefore turning a negative into a positive. I managed to get in all the pertinent points that I’d researched into the interview and I knew I would be memorable because of them. My questions about professional development and the Redundancies went down well too.
The interview flowed well with no awkward pauses and there were even times when we were laughing together. When I walked out of the room at the end of the interview I knew it had gone well, I wasn’t arrogant enough to think ‘I’ve got it’ but I knew that I had given myself a really good chance of getting the job. I was content with the way it had gone and couldn’t think of anything I would change given the chance, if I didn’t get it there was simply a better candidate. They had informed me they would let me know by the end of the next day if I had been successful.
As soon as I got home I rang the recruiter to let them know how I thought it had gone and then the wait began, that was probably more of a nervy time than the interview itself to be honest.
The next day came and I was checking my phone every 5 minutes wondering why the hell they hadn’t phoned me, had I missed their call, had the signal dropped out and it had gone straight to answer phone? Then the call came about 3pm, I felt sick with anticipation….I made some polite chit chat with the Recruitment Consultant and then he continued to tell me that the Company had been extremely impressed with me at the interview and wanted to offer me the position.
I’d got the job – I was so pleased that all the hard work had paid off, the hours of preparation, slogging away in front of the computer.
PS I start on Wednesday!! 🙂