Stealth skills: Turning an interview into a job offer
If you’ve been shortlisted for a job you’ve applied for, then well done – this could be your big chance to progress. But at this stage, that is all it is – a career development opportunity. There’s a long way to go in the recruitment process, and plenty of ways you can come unstuck before you get offered the job. Unless you have the ability to wow the hiring manager at the interview, you’re not going to be selected as the preferred candidate.
It’s all about making the right impression when you meet the prospective employer for the first time. You need to demonstrate your expertise, energy and desire to get the job, and also get your personality across. This means preparing thoroughly before the interview, knowing what to say and how to say it, and also beating your nerves when you’re in the spotlight.
There’s plenty of talented and experienced professionals who struggle to do themselves justice at interviews, and this can delay their career progress. It’s important to have a great CV and write a solid cover letter – but these alone won’t secure the role you are after. With this in mind, here’s our guide for turning an interview into a job offer.