How to ace a speed interview

In our fast paced world, speed interviewing is becoming increasingly popular and particularly in apprentice recruitment.

Much like speed dating, the speed interview allows both the potential candidate and hiring company to assess if they are a good fit quickly. Companies are able to see how well the candidate matches up against the required job skills, but also if there is a good corporate culture fit.

How do they work?

Speed interview sessions are usually held during career fairs or during college recruitment events such as career days.

Depending on the size of the event, the number of participating companies can range from a dozen recruiters to over 100.  Each company can expect to interview over 100 job candidates in a single day.

The total length of the interview will only be 5 to 15 minutes in length. If successful, candidates are usually offered the option of participating in a more traditional full-length interview.

Here are some tips to get you through a speed interview:

  1. Remember your manners. As with any interview, shake hands with the recruiter when introduced, maintain eye contact and thank everyone for their time.
  2. Bring multiple copies of your CV as you will be handing it our left, right and centre. Include examples of work relevant to the job position.
  3. Do your research: Try to obtain a list of the employers attending the session, and do some research on the types of jobs they are trying to fill.
  4. Prepare an Elevator Speech:  These speeches last for 30 seconds and give you the chance to tell the listener why you’re a uniquely qualified applicant and what you can bring to their company.

Good luck!