You probably don’t need our science recruitment experts here at
Hyper Recruitment Solutions to tell you that the job market can be an extremely
A survey last year, and reported by Business Insider, pretty much confirmed what so many of those
seeking the most attractive and lucrative science jobs already knew, in
reporting that UK job
seekers have to apply for 27 positions on average just to land one interview.
So, if you are fortunate enough to be invited to interview, here
are six of the best ways to maximise your
chances of success.
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare
Yes, you might have heard this tip often, but it can’t be emphasised often enough: good, thorough preparation
for an interview is very much the bedrock for
As a guideline, the tendency for most candidates is to spend just
a few hours preparing for their interview, so we would advise you to spend much
more time than that. After all, you need to be spellbindingly good to truly
impress the recruiter, not just adequate or even inadequate.
2. Get accustomed to 20th-century
There are so many examples of cutting-edge (and maybe slightly
less than cutting-edge) technology in today’s recruitment landscape that aren’t exactly going to just go away.
Increasing numbers of companies, for instance, now like to conduct
video interviews before meeting with you in person.
So, you should take the time to ensure you are comfortable with
whatever technology is used and don’t
make any amateurish mistakes that will make a bad impression – such as positioning
yourself at an unflattering angle to the camera or neglecting to ensure the
lighting and sound are top-notch.
3. Make sure you have a clear value proposition
Remember that the interview is ultimately about selling yourself
to the recruiter or employer, so you will need to – at the very least – have an
extremely clear value proposition to make them truly interested in you.
To do that, you will need to communicate not only what it is you
do, but also who you serve, or who your customers or clients are.
You should also be able to convey what value those customers or
clients perceive in your services and what you can offer that isn’t available
to those customers or clients anywhere else.
4. Ask strategic questions
While it’s obviously crucial to provide convincing answers to the
questions you are asked, it’s equally
important to have interesting questions of your own to ask.
A good rule of thumb is to ask strategic questions designed to
bring you closer to being presented with a job offer, rather than basic
tactical questions – such as how to do certain things – that can plant doubt in
the mind of the interviewer.
If you’re struggling for ideas of decent questions to ask, this
article from The Guardian on the best
10 questions to ask in job interviews may give
you some timely inspiration.
5. Pay attention to your image
Your interviewer is a human being, and like any human being, they
tend to remember images rather more easily than words or text. Think back to
the last movie you watched – is it the images that you recall most from it, or
the actors’ lines?
It’s therefore important to make sure you present the most
positive image to the interviewer as soon as you arrive. Are you wearing
appropriate clothing? Is your posture good? Are you smiling, or gloomy?
oriented towards the future, not the past
It’s all too easy during a job interview to become buried in your
past achievements and qualifications. When it comes down to it, what are you
going to do for this employer in the coming weeks and months after they take
The future is almost certainly what the recruiter or employer will
be mostly thinking about, so it’s what you should be mostly thinking about as a
candidate as well.
you like to benefit from more advice and guidance like this in your quest for a
rewarding new science job? If so, don’t hesitate to familiarise yourself with the HRS Candidate Commitment
before getting in
touch with our team to learn more about what we have to offer.