In any recruitment company the question we seem to find ourselves being asked frequently is

“What makes a good candidate?”

This question comes not only from the client often from the from the job seeker themselves, it’s a tough one to answer as every client is looking for something different, something that suits their company or their personality.

As a recruiter you have a sixth sense when meeting a candidate for the first time, you immediately know that this candidate is “the one” for that particular position, it is not that they are better at something more than the last person, or that their credentials match perfectly, it’s just a certain “je ne sais quoi” you feel it and before even sending the CV to your client and understand they are going to be going forward. The rest however is up to you, the candidate – Once you are in the door, it is your time to shine.

You will not be the perfect match for all positions, you cannot be everyone’s cup of tea, but certain basic fundamentals are transferable across the board.

So when you get that all important interview, the following must be delivered:

  1. Smile– never underestimate the power of a simple smile, no one wants a misery guts in their corporation, no matter what is going on in your head, but that smile in place and you will be amazed at what you can achieve
  2. Dress – If you are smartly dressed this shows the client you are taking the job/interview seriously, it lets them know you are really interested in the position and will make a good first impression
  3. Interpersonal skills – You must come across friendly but professional, they need to see the real you, always be aware not to come across to over familiar though
  4. Handshake– The amount of floppy hand shake I have had is off the chart, a firm handshake shows you are confident and in control. Don’t make it too vigorous you don’t want to go breaking any bones
  5. Confidential – Do not overshare, employers want a candidate that is respectful of their last position, never talk about your last boss in a negative fashion, show confidentiality
  6. Punctuality – Late arrival to an interview is not excusable, this lets the client know whether you are reliable, if necessary go to the location the day before, so you know how long it takes
  7. Ask questions – Clients love candidates that ask about the company, this will show you are interested. The best thing to do is read up about the company before hand – so you have a little information to set up your questions around. Do not discuss salary however, this shows you are more interested in the money than the job

 Now you have the know-how on what it takes to be a good candidate, implement them and see what a difference it will make in your interview process.