New Zealand: Interview Tips To Win The Job

From The Recruitment Alternative. New Zealand’s Affordable Recruitment Agency.

Are you in the process of job-seeking in New Zealand? If so, you would have noticed that is a lot of companies looking for Business Development Managers, Receptionists, Research and Development Leaders, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, etc. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

Here are some Interview Tips from The Recruitment Alternative to be prepared for the competitive recruitment market:

Body Language

Communication experts tell us that only about 10% of our communication is represented by what we say. Another 30% is represented by our sounds and 60% by our body language!

Obviously, what you say at an interview will go a long way to securing you the job. However, how you say things also plays an extremely important role. In fact, some experts strongly contend that how you say things is more important. During your interview, be sure to:

  • Maintain a confident posture by sitting up straight and keep your hands relaxed in front of you (crossed arms projects being closed off)
  • Use natural hand gestures while speaking – when resting, face your palms up as it projects honesty and engagement
  • Nod your head while listening and maintain eye contact
  • Avoid fidgeting as it conveys nervousness and can seem unprofessional

Prepare Answers

Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance.

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers want to know the following key things about you:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these three questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions.

Demonstrate Your Research

Adding to being prepared to answer any question, in your preparation you should also research the company. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. The rule of thumb is the higher the position you’re going for the more you should know about the company and the industry. Any questions you can ask about the company during the interview is also helpful and shows you are taking an interest in a potential future employer.

Things To Avoid

Important things to avoid during an interview are:

  • Arguing – avoid arguing even if you know you are right, you may want to demonstrate your knowledge by arguing your point. It only demonstrates that you are predisposed to arguing and can look unprofessional depending on the circumstances
  • Being negative about yourself – don’t put yourself down during interviews or downplay your abilities. Interviews are about selling yourself and highlighting your strengths and how you would be an asset to the business.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer or talk over them – we often hear that interviewers get frustrated when they are confronted with a talkative interviewee who interrupts or ‘waffles on’
  • Being fake – in an attempt to demonstrate being cheerful or have a pleasant disposition interviewee can amplify certain traits such as smiling excessively, laughing too much, nodding too much, etc.
  • Unprepared questions – some questions may come up organically during the course of the interview. At the end of the interview, you will often be asked if you have any questions, try to have some prepared in advance from your research of the company to avoid asking potentially embarrassing questions or asking too many questions

After The Interview

Highly successful job candidates are alert to the fact that an interview often does not finish when you walk out of the interview room. One of the things these candidates do is adhere to simple but important post-interview actions that often yield great results, such as:

  • Following up at least three days after the interview – you can thank them for their time, reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and open the line for communication should they require any further information
  • Contact references and let them know to expect a call – tell them about the job you have applied for, the company who will be calling, etc.

We wish you the best of luck for your next interview!

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in New Zealand.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. Including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Seeking Tips For The Christmas & New Year Season – From The Recruitment Alternative

We are almost at that time of year again. You may be thinking of pausing your job seeking efforts and picking it back up again in the New Year or maybe you have been considering applying for a new position but feel like you can’t now. You might want to think again! Here are some great job seeking tips from The Recruitment Alternative for the Christmas and New Year season:

Think Ahead Of The Competition

You shouldn’t leave applying for your dream job until next year because that is exactly what everyone else is going to do! Think a head of your competition and adjust your job seeking strategy. Employers still advertise during this period and while everyone else is putting their efforts on the back burner and the competition thins, you can jump in and land your dream job.

Casual/Temp Work

You may find yourself in between jobs at the moment so why not apply for contact/temp work or Christmas casual positions? You could end up working for a company that may just be so impressed with you they offer full time work. Look for alternative avenues to get your foot into the door.

December Rush

As we discussed employers will often advertise during this time of year, especially within December. More often than not their goal is to train up a new staff member and have them ready to go in the New Year. They will also be keen to finalise their recruitment process which puts you in an excellent position to negotiate.

Easier To Reach

With the end of the year approaching staff are less likely to take extended holidays for obvious reasons. This is a great opportunity for you to actually be able to speak to the right person! They will be winding things down, finishing up projects and clearing their calendars. Take your job seeking efforts to the next level and engage with potential future employers, network, maintain contact with recruiters and let them know of your availability and take advantage of the ‘holiday spirit’ that often puts people in a happier mindset.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to ourjobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our job seeker help centre a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Australia.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. Which includes Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Why choose The Recruitment Alternative in Hamilton?

The Recruitment Alternative is Hamilton’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. But why chose The Recruitment Alternative in Hamilton? Here are just some reasons why you will enjoy working with us on your next recruitment campaign.

Outstanding Customer Service

Here at The Recruitment Alternative, we pride ourselves on our customer service. In fact, we conduct frequent quality control checks to ensure our levels are top notch! Our clients score us on average a 9 out of 10. Here is what Sandra Catt (Practice Manager) from Zonaras Consulting Pty Ltd had to say about our services:

“I thought that there must be a “Catch” as the fee was so reasonable. Finally, we have found a recruitment agency that we can afford. A first-class service was provided and saved me hours of work. I would definitely use The Recruitment Alternative again.”

Proven Methodologies

Recruiting staff can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. It’s not uncommon for business owners to spend hours of manpower recruiting for one role. It is far more cost-effective to get us to do the groundwork for you. And you’ll save yourself a load of stress too! Hiring the wrong person can cost thousands of dollars and waste time. Let’s work together to help you save and we’ll recruit the right person for you.

Our partnership approach allows us to get to know the culture of your organisation. We will work closely with you to build a relationship of integrity, trust and commitment. We offer flexible service levels that you can choose from to suit your business. Whatever you choose, you can be assured you are receiving the best service and best advice.

Budget Friendly Solution

Many agencies will tell you what you want to hear and charge you through the nose. The Recruitment Alternative Hamilton are different. We offer affordable, honest recruitment solutions tailored to your needs. You no longer have to pay high recruitment fees to find a great candidate!

The Recruitment Alternative consistently sources great candidates for its clients at budget prices.

Check out our low-cost recruitment fees:

  • AU$2200 plus GST for roles with remuneration under AU$100K
  • AU$2800 plus GST for roles between AU$100K and AU$150K (AU$150k inclusive)
  • AU$3400 plus GSTf or roles over AU$150k

What industries do we recruit for?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Here are just some of the various positions/industries we have successful recruited in time and time again:

Administration                                     Sales                                       IT – desk support/consultants/developers

Engineering                                           Marketing                             Graphic Design

Accounting                                            Lawyer                                   Senior Management to Junior positions

Project Management                          Medical Reception              Warehousing – Storeman/picker and packer

Human Recourses                               Retail                                      Legal Secretary

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. We service Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch etc.  We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.