Guest post by Instant Impact.
Instant Impact place internships and graduate jobs in the fast growing SME market. They are a young, dynamic company who have become the ‘go-to’ company for PAID internships in the UK
By working closely with client companies and student/graduate candidates Instant Impact Interns, a market-leading internship recruitment agency, are exposed to a lot of interview feedback, both good and bad. We work with fast-growing SMEs in a variety of sectors and you’d be surprised by just how similar the criticisms of interviewees are:
1. “Nice guy/girl and clearly very smart…but we didn’t quite click”
When you attend an interview remember that the company has actively chosen to meet you. They have seen something interesting on your CV and are fairly sure that you have the skill-set to succeed in the role. So why do they want to meet you? They need to make sure that you are the right personality fit for their company.
SMEs are very different from large corporations; the people who interview you are likely to be the same people who would be working with you every day. In order to get the job, they have to like you! It is very cliché but you need to relax and be yourself (take confidence from the fact that the company has chosen to interview you!). Besides, would they look for someone nervous and awkward or would they prefer to work with someone that they would enjoy having a coffee with?
2. “I’m not convinced that they want the job enough”
We’ve all had that phone-call delivering the bad news that we didn’t get the job. We’ve all felt the pain of rejection. However, what most people don’t realise is that companies like being rejected even less than you do – they have bigger egos! Companies will not make job offers to anyone that they think won’t last the period of the contract or even accept the role in the first place. Show passion and motivation and really think about why you want the job before you go to interview.
3. “They’re just not dynamic enough”
Why do companies want to employ students and graduates? Typically they are looking to add some fresh dynamism, character and ideas to their office. Young people are supposed to be care-free, so if you turn up for interview down-beat on your chances, job prospects or life in general who would want to hire you? Be positive and enthusiastic and make sure that your interviewer remembers you.
If you can avoid falling into any of the above categories you will boost your chances of receiving the most positive bit of feedback possible – when can you start?
If you are interested in working at an SME why not check out the range of internships that Instant Impact offer?