After coming through all the hurdles of the SELECTION PROCESS, you will eventually arrive at an interview. This is of course, a major obstacle for many job applicants. Although they may have the qualifications, experience and a proven track record, they may lose out to a candidate who 'interviews better.'
So what does 'interviewing better' actually mean? It comes down to the candidate being well-prepared and confident. A candidate who can answer questions in a way which is acceptable (but not necessarily right) to the interviewer, someone who knows something about their potential employer's business and the post they hope to fill. These are really the basic components of any candidate who 'interviews well'. There are undoubtedly other aspects employers may look for in relation to specific posts - having their own ideas, articulate, thinking on their feet, aspects which will be related to the job and to the company's preference in employees.
The employer will also be looking to fill a post, which has a particular job specification - in other words personal aspects besides the experience, and qualifications that can be put down on paper. The interviewer will set out to ascertain that the candidate has these personal qualities, skills and abilities the company requires.
So here are some Questions which make you aware of Interview.
- Tell me about you.
- What do you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't?
- What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you look for in a job?
- Please give me your definition of a .... (the position for which you are being interviewed).
- How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
- How long would you stay with us?
If you are leaving a Job
- Why are you leaving your present job?
- How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits?
- Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.
- How would you evaluate your present firm?
Quantifying your Experience and Accomplishments
It's hard to know what you'll be asked once you're in that room. Here are some sample questions and guidelines to how you should answer them.
- Have you helped increase sales? Profits? How?
- Have you helped reduce costs? How?
- How much money did you account for?
- How many people did you supervise on your last job?
- Do you like working with figures more than words?
- In your current or last position, what features did you like the most? Least?
- In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments?
Job search Questions
- Why haven't you found a new position before now?
- Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If yes, what do you think held you there?
- What do you think of your boss?
- Would you describe a situation in which your work was criticised?
- What other types of jobs or companies are you considering?
Your work habits and Style
- If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Can you work under pressures, deadlines, etc.?
- How have you changed the nature of your job?
- Do you prefer staff or line work? Why?
- In your present position, what problems have you identified that had previously been overlooked?
- Don't you feel you might be better off in a different size company? Different type company?
- How do you resolve conflict on a project team?
- What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make?
- How much are you looking for?
- What do you know about our company?
- How much do you expect, if we offer this position to you?
- What kind of salary are you worth?
- Do you generally speak to people before they speak to you?
- What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?
- What is the toughest part of a job for you?
- Are you creative?
- How would you describe your own personality?
- Are you a leader?
- What are your future goals?
- What are your strong points?
- What are your weak points?
Your Career Goals
- If you could start your career again, what would you do differently?
- What career options do you have at the moment?
- How would you describe the essence of success? According to your definition of success, how successful have you been so far?