Recruiting People - Top 5 interview tips

Top 5 things every employer wants to hear!

Imagine you are employing someone to work for you. What would you want that person to be like? What character traits and behaviour would be important to you if you were interviewing someone to work for you?

You can turn this around to ask, what does a potential boss want to hear from me in an interview and what can I say or do to increase my chances of receiving an offer? How can I prove I am right for the job?

I know what I look for. So here are my top 5 things I look for as an employer:

  • Hard working – Show me you can work hard by giving examples such as a time where you went above and beyond in a previous role. If you have any certificates or figures to show this bring them along. Also demonstrate that you know something about the company, our clients, industry, history etc. Put the work into preparation and you will be rewarded. Spend at least a couple of hours searching for news stories about the company, blogs written by the company, read through at least a few months of social media posts to get a real feel for the company. A 5 minute Google search about the company and a quick peek at the website on your way in for the interview is not enough!
  • Reliable – Demonstrate to me that you are reliable. Turn up to interviews on time. This is so important. Leave an hour early and sit in the car/ a nearby coffee shop for a while if needed but never, ever arrive late. Give evidence and examples of reliable behaviour to demonstrate this to me. I will simply not invest time and money in unreliable people.
  • Evidence of experience/aptitude to do the job – If you have done a similar job before show me that you have done it to the best of your ability and if not then relate your experiences/skills/education to the position you have applied for. Many skills are transferable and it is far better to focus on what you have done and what you can bring across to the role than fib, when you don’t have the experience.
  • Evidence of good character – The most important point for me! If you have all the experience and qualifications required for the job, but I don’t think that you have a character that fits with the ethos of Lobster jobs, then you wont be invited back for another interview. You have more chance of being invited if you don’t have the required experience and qualifications, but you have shown me the desire, tenacity and strength of character I require.
  • Evidence that you can fit in and work well to improve the structure/environment I have already – Lastly show me that you are friendly, will listen, will learn and be a positive influence on the company.

These 5 points have been developed over ten years of interviewing and employing people in both the IT and Hospitality industries. In the volatile Hospitality industry, character, reliability and hard work are very important. So if you are going for a restaurant job or a hotel job and you can show that you have these traits and behaviours, you won’t go too far wrong!