As a recruitment agency, we obviously want our candidates to succeed in interviews and to secure the job. A vital part of our daily work is to get feedback from interviewers and pass it on to our candidates. We thought that some of this feedback might actually be worth sharing, as a sort of preparation for your next interview.
1. Too fluffy answers, not on point.
Most of our locums are very experienced practitioners in their field, so the knowledge is clearly there. One point to avoid fuzzy answers is to back these up with relevant examples from your most recent job. This shows the interviewer that your theoretical knowledge is brought into praxis and the interviewee can build an answer around a stringent story.
2. Not enough knowledge about current legislation and sentencing/ risk assessment shown.
When our candidates come to our face-to-face registration interview, we also ask them about the most recent legislation relevant for their work. This is also a key point for the interviewers of our clients.
As mentioned before, most of our candidates are already very experienced and do their job for several years. It is like having a driver´s license: You learn for the test once and then keep to the rules (most of the time!) without thinking too much about them. An interview is kind of a re- occurring license test. So even if you have been in the job for a long time and are a good practitioner, it helps to look up current legislation and be confident that this underpins the basis of your daily practice.
Useful links to get a quick overview, and maybe do some in depth research:
3. The answers given were focused on different points than we expected.
At Backstop we pride ourselves on having good relationships with the hiring managers (where appropriate). We get feedback from previous interviews and ensure to pass relevant information on. That is why it is always a good idea to ask you recruitment consultant, if they know about recent feedback and streamline your answers appropriately.
An interview situation is a very dense opportunity for the interviewers to find out, if you are suitable for a job. As time is a rare resource in hiring staff, especially temp staff, it is important to make the interview as easy as possible for both, interviewer and interviewee. So gathering as much knowledge from your recruitment consultant as available is a good step for a successful interview.
These are our best practice tips on interviews. Do you have anything to add or made a different experience that others could benefit from? Let us know below or email me!