Making your job interview successful
Interviewers are often surprised at the number of candidates who arrive at job interviews without any apparent preparation and only the faintest idea of what they are going to say.
Some candidates create an impression of indifference by acting too casually. At the other extreme, a few candidates work themselves into such a state of mind that they seem to be in the last stages of nervous fright!
These things can be avoided by having the security of knowing what is expected of you and by being prepared for the interview.
The following information, combined with the guidance provided by your consultant, will provide you with in-depth information on how to conduct yourself during the interviewing process.
Find out about the employer and the job.
Try to find out the answer to the following questions:
Plan your journey
Think about what you will wear
You are being interviewed because the employer wants to hire people not because he wants to trip you up or embarrass you. Throughout the interview the employer will be searching for your strong and weak points, evaluating you on your qualifications, skills and intellectual qualities, and he/she will probably probe deeply to determine your attitudes, aptitudes, stability, motivation and maturity.
Never lose sight of why you are there, recognise that like any selling situation, they are the buyer and you are the seller and it is initially your job to convince them that you are the right product.
Relate the interview to the classic selling situation; understand that the product you are selling is you so sell yourself on your skills, experience and attributes.
Here are some tips which may help;
During the interview
Do you have any questions?
You may like to prepare for this – it is almost always asked at the interview. You could ask:
“What would the typical working day be like?”
“What’s the best thing about working at your company?”
“If I prove myself in this role are there possible opportunities for training?”
“Why has this position become available?”
“Are there any plans to expand the company?”
“Where will the job I am applying for fit into the team?”
“What is your interview process?”
Good Luck !