Interview Questions and Tips - Preparing for the Interview
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Interview Questions - Preparing For The Interview:
Well done. Following your successful job application you have now been offered an interview for that new job. You have obviously impressed your future potential employer with your CV and application form to be offered an interview in the first place. You will have no doubt have probably beaten a number of other applicants but something in your application has made you stand out from the other candidates.
An employer isn’t looking to employ any old person to fill their job; hence they have already sifted through all of the applications and compiled a shortlist which you are now on! All the interviewer needs to do from there is choose the candidate to fill their job. The only way they are going to do this is meet each applicant in person. There are many variables in choosing a new person for a job. What one employer classes as an important quality, another may not. Some feel experience is an important factor. Others value qualifications or team management skills or a combination of both. What you have got to remember is that you will have to make a lasting impression on the interviewer to get you nearer to securing that new job. Your future employer is going to have to make a choice from several applicants. This will inevitably be a hard decision to make. After all, summing up candidates suitability in a few short hours isn’t easy for anybody, so you must make an impression. It’s no easier sitting in an interviewer’s shoes than being a candidate. If you go well prepared then you are able to manipulate an interview to your advantage and get across your strengths.
Prior To The Interview:
Remember your employer knows all about the job they are looking to fill; what it entails and what qualities they are looking for in a potential candidate. They also have a fair amount of information about you; your CV and application form. It is always a good idea to take a copy of these with you to the interview. The interviewer will have a checklist of areas they are looking to satisfy themselves about to ensure you can do the job. These will encompass some general interview questions and others specifically about you as a person, such as your interests, hobbies and what you like to do outside of the workplace.
How Will The Interview Be Structured?
Most interviews follow a fairly similar simple format. Usually you will be invited into the interview room, offered a drink of tea, coffee or water etc and then sometimes a bit of casual chat such as “How was your journey?” Get the idea! Next, your interviewer will ask some general questions, such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Are you an organised person?” They may then ask you questions about your CV such as “You say you are good at time management, can you give us an example?” Once the interviewer feels that they have satisfactory answers to all their questions they will then give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the job, the company etc.
Convincing Your Interviewer & Offering Them Reassurance:
It is really important at the interview stage that the interviewer feels happy about all the areas they have covered. They may keep going back to specific questions if they don’t feel they have got the answer they require. This is often a good sign as it means they are taking your application seriously and they may just want reassurance on one or two points. If you can put their mind at rest it will make you a far stronger contender. If you haven’t been asked any questions, you have either done a fantastic job at clarifying all of their concerns and queries, or you are unlikely to have got the job. Try and be as open as you can without going on and on. I know it’s not always easy to judge, but if you think there is a subject that the interviewer has covered and is not comfortable with, try to get your point across. There are certain areas that can and will cause concern to an employer, such as lack of experience or missing periods of employment during your career. These may have simple answers to them, but if the interviewer doesn’t have a good understanding, because they haven’t asked you the right questions, they are going to be wary. If you think something is bothering them try and give a good explanation. If you are well prepared before the interview and you think there is something in your career history that might be of concern you will have a sensible answer ready. You will then avoid feeling speechless when asked “Why is there an 18 month gap in your employment history?”
Being Interviewed For A Job By Your Existing Employer:
An interview is an interview! Should you be applying for promotion or a change of job in your existing company then your employer will already have a lot of the current information about you, such as timekeeping or time management skills, personal details etc, etc. Other than this information the interview will follow the same structure as any other interview. However specific questions about your current position may well come into play and have a more dominant effect on the meeting. It could be that although there are certain areas they already know about, they may still ask you about them. Things like “How well do you work under pressure and meeting targets?” They are already aware of your capabilities as you work for them but they want you to answer this question anyway. Just go ahead and give them the answer they want to hear!
Just because you already work for them don’t treat this any differently to an interview being conducted by a new employer. Yes, the interviewer may already know you, so they may well be a little less informal in their greeting but once you get down to business treat the situation the same as if you were applying for a job outside of your current employer. A good point of useful information; don’t crack jokes about people you work with or chit chat about Joe in accounts. It isn’t perceived professional and it will do you no favours in your career advancement.
Be Prepared For The Questions That Will Be Asked:
It’s almost impossible to know exactly what questions are going to be asked at the interview but you can expect certain areas that are likely to be explored. Brief yourself on the skills required for the job, including the experience that you have to do it. Think about questions that may arise from the answers you gave on your application form and lastly consider any questions that may arise regarding your CV. As previously mentioned, breaks in your career, work experience and so on. If you work in a sales role you will already understand the importance of preparation prior to meeting a new customer or trying to close a deal. It is no different when presenting yourself for an interview to win a new job. You need to Prepare Your Offensive, Do Your Research, and Prepare for the Meeting. The better organised you are the more professionally and accurately you will be able to answer each question. This will put both you and the interviewer at ease.