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Our consultants work closely with candidates to support them in their next move and understand the complex nature of a wide range of sectors when it comes to interview preparation and techniques.

BMC consultants share their expert advice to help you prepare for your interview effectively.

So how can you make a great impression?

Knowledge is power. Understand the company, understand the role you are being interviewed for, and with advanced preparation, you will be able to showcase your experience, skills and expertise.

BMC’s Senior Finance Consultant, Sophie Goymer shares her top advice to help candidates shine in any interview situation.

Research the company values – a lot of organisations have values they look for which can usually be found on job specifications / company websites. It’s a really good idea to fully immerse yourself in the values, culture and mission of that company, I always advise my candidates to research and mirror this knowledge in answers.

Use the same language the company uses. Buzz words that are key for that company. For example if the company prides itself on being ‘collaborative’, – think of relevant examples where you have worked in a collaborative way / built relationships and shared best practice.

I tell my candidates to subtly use the same wording in the conversation without specifically referring to the values, the interviewer will subconsciously pick up on this and see that the candidate shares the same values, and therefore, will make a great fit in that company.

It’s always a good idea to check who is interviewing – look at their profiles on LinkedIn – see their career history and how they have progressed to see if you have anything in common.

There is a fine balance between being memorable, engaging, charismatic, personable, intelligent, endearing… the list can go on and on from what an employer will be looking for in the ideal candidate but being well informed means you can structure your answer style and ensure your communication is clear, concise and most importantly, ticks all of the boxes.

Associate Director at BMC, David Lovenbury, imparts 25 years of experience within the recruitment business to share his top five tips to candidates looking to make a great first impression.

  1. Unless told otherwise, assume formal, so dress appropriately, and make sure your outfit is ironed and shoes are polished, men should wear a tie, you don’t get a second chance to create a great first impression.
  2. If you smoke, do not smoke before the interview, this is a massive turn off for most interviewers – chew gum or take a stress ball prior to meeting your interviewee/s if you are prone to a few nerves.
  3. Never chew gum in the actual interview.
  4. Never ever be late. Factor in some wiggle room for a flat tyre or a late running train, make sure you double check that the HQ and website address correspond to save yourself a wild goose chase.
  5. Err on the side of the conservative, cover tattoos, remove piercings and don’t wear that Disney tie or Star Wars socks … your personality should shine through in the delivery of your answers.

Our consultants work closely with candidates to support them in their next move and understand the complex nature of a wide range of sectors when it comes to interview preparation and techniques.

BMC Recruitment Group’s success is based on our commitment to providing a high-quality and consistent candidate service.

Our recruitment specialists are here to help you through every step of the selection process.

Our consultants have earned the loyalty and trust of their candidates by delivering to the following service commitments:

  • Discretion and confidentiality is guaranteed.
  • You will be kept informed of progress throughout every step of the process.
  • You will have access to the advice and knowledge of our experienced recruitment consultants.
  • You will be fully briefed before all interviews.
  • We will be honest in all our communication with you and never knowingly “miss-sell” a role.
  • Successful or not, we will always seek comprehensive client feedback on your behalf and will be honest in imparting it – even when that’s difficult.

We will be available for ongoing advice and guidance once you’ve started your new role.

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