Somewhat like a trip to the dentist, interviews for any job seem to have a knack of inspiring fear in even the most confident of candidates. Interim Interviews are no exception. Short term work by its very nature can be quite daunting, offering high rewards but at the price of much less security and predictability.
However, thinking very directly about the key skills you need to thrive as an Interim employee is a great way to shed a lot more light on what sort of path an Interim interview is likely to follow.
Firstly, remember that as an interim employee, you are expected to really dive in at the deep end. To this end, a potential employer will want to see evidence that you enjoy taking the plunge. Look out for questions testing your ability to jump headlong into a situation and really give it a go.
Secondly, as an interim worker, you need to be able to make an impact fast. There’s no lengthy training and settling in time but rather employers will want to see results from day one. Watch out for questions relating to your ability to really think on your feet and develop a role beyond expectations.
Thirdly, think about the key hard skills that you have and the various situations in which you have applied and developed these skills in a recent context. An employer will have little time to invest in polishing up a rusty skill-set so be really clear about what you can offer. Be prepared to outline examples of exactly how you have used particular skills within a recent role.
Finally, don’t be afraid to show off your personality. An interim interviewer will want to see who you are and what sort of qualities and characteristics you can bring to the table. If you’re a FreshMinds candidate, you will most likely have some great transferable skills that could really give you the edge in an interview- resilience, spark and flair, drive to succeed.
Don’t let these talents go unnoticed!
Emily Cunningham is a candidate manager on the FreshMinds Talent Interim team