The Recruitment Process: How to ace your interview

Finally, the day has arrived: after sending your details and CV into MAT Recruitment, discussing your options with our education recruitment consultants, you have just received a call from one of our consultants stating that you have being offered an interview at a local school!
 
Traditionally, an interview serves the purpose of allowing the employer to gauge whether you are the right fit for the job. However, what many fail to realise is that the interview is a two-way exchange, not only giving you the opportunity to highlight your skills but allowing you to gain a real understanding as to whether the job role is right for YOU!
 
This is a vital step in your recruitment journey, which is why preparation and planning is essential to ensure that you don’t miss out on a brilliant opportunity. Here are some tips to consider when preparing for your next interview.
 
Practice, Practice, Practice!
As the saying goes “Practice makes Perfect”, preparing well-thought out, concise, explanatory answers demonstrates your ability and confidence to the interviewer.
 
Research
Gaining an understanding about the interviewing school or trust is just as important, this may include researching the website of the school or trust, reviewing Ofsted reports or looking at their social media platforms.
 
 
Remember Non-Verbal Communication is important too!
Non-verbal communication provides the interviewer with a first impression of you. Using confident body language, making eye contact and smiling frequently will make you seem at ease in the interview and also help you manage any feelings of anxiety.
 
Dress Appropriately
Dressing in the appropriate attire for the business you are interviewing for is another non-verbal demonstration of your suitability to their business, this should communicate that you are ready to work for them! 
 
Listen!
It is important that you show yourself to be engaged in what you are discussing, remaining attentive throughout. Good communication skills involve not only talking but letting the interviewer know you are actively listening.
 
Ask Questions
Asking appropriate questions not only highlights your interest in the business but also demonstrates your enthusiasm.
 
 
At MAT Recruitment we are here to help- providing you with necessary interview tips, advice and any support you might need prior to going into your interview to ensure that you are well equipped! If you would like any more information please contact our team at enquiries@matrecruitment.com
 
 

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