Well done on getting the interview, give yourself a pat on the back. You have an interview for a new job. You have clearly impressed your future prospective employer with your CV and application to be offered an interview in the 1st place.
You have doubtless beaten plenty of other candidates but something in your claim has made you stick out from the other applicants.
An employer isn't looking to use any old person to fill their job ; thus they have recently sieved through all the applications and assembled a shortlist which you are now on!
The interviewer must now fill their vacancy and the only way they're going to do that is meet each candidate in the flesh. There are numerous variables in selecting a new person for a job. What one employer classes as a vital quality, another may not. Some feel experience is a very important factor.
Others worth qualifications or team management talents or a mixture of both. Your task is to make a long-lasting impression on the interviewer to get you nearer to securing that new job.
Most interviews follow a reasonably similar format. Typically you'll be invited into the interview room, offered a drink of tea, coffee or water and then occasionally a little bit of casual chat like “How was your journey” . You get the idea!
Next, your interviewer may ask some general questions, for example :
– Tell me about yourself
- What are your strengths
- Why you looking for a new job
- what made you apply for this job
- Why do you want this position
- Why would you be good for this role
- Why should I hire you
Note - that all the questions are open questions - it's hard to give a very basic answer. So make sure you have some statements prepared before going to the interview.
They may then ask you questions on your CV such as “are you are good at time management and can you give us an example?”
Once the interviewer feels that they have sufficient answers to all their questions they may then give you the chance to ask any questions about the job and the company.
Make sure you have a list with you on some questions to ask. Do not be worried about producing a list of questions, if anything it will show that you are keen on the position and well organised.
Of course you will need to use some judgement, applying for a senior role it may not be recommended to produce a written list of questions but expected that you will be able to demonstrate an ability to ask relevant questions during the interview.
Convince and reassure the interviewer
It is important at the interview stage that the interviewer feels satisfied about all of the areas they have covered. They may keep returning to express questions if they do not feel they've got the answer they require. This is frequently a great sign as it suggests they're taking your application seriously and they want more details on 1 or 2 points. If you can convince and reassure them you will be a far stronger contender for the job.
If you have not been asked any further questions, you have either done an amazing job at clarifying all of their concerns and questions, or you are not likely to have got the job.
There are selected areas that will cause concern to an employer , for example lack of expertise or missing periods of work during your career. These could have easy answers to them, but if the interviewer has not got a good understanding, because they have not asked you the right questions, they're going to be careful. If you think something is troubling them try and give a good reason and be as open as you can without going on too much.
If you're prepared before going to the interview and you believe there are a few things in your career history that could be of doubt you'll have a reasonable answer prepared for this which will then avoid feeling dumbfounded when asked “Why is there an eighteen month job gap in your CV history?
The object of going to the interview is to meet and exceed the interviewers expectations of you, after all the point to the interview is for questions to be answered in full. If you have not had many interviews recently and consider yourself a little rusty, then think of yourself as a film star being interviewed - You would want to shine, and give the best answers possible while showing yourself as a must have commodity!
If at the end of the interview you feel the interview has not gone well, consider mentioning your nerves or try to re-position yourself to be able to answer any question that had not been given well. If you don’t get the job, why not call the interviewer and ask for some advice. Although it may not be the advice you want to hear, it'll could save you from saying or making the same mistakes next time!
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