5 ESSENTIAL STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW
1. RESEARCH THE COMPANY
Research the company, industry and the new role from the company website, their competitors’ websites and the job description. Have ideas and comments ready for the interview. It will be useful for key questions, such as “Why do you want to work for us?”
2. BE PREPARED FOR DIFFICULT QUESTIONS
Be prepared for difficult questions.
There are several different sets of questions you may be asked.
Behavioural interview questions:
Describe a situation when you took a risk professionally. What was the outcome?
Describe a situation in which you worked as part of a team but your team failed to accomplish the goal on time and within budget. What was your role? What did you learn?
What’s the last book you read?
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
What are your weaknesses?
Tell me about yourself?
Remember to stick to answers related to your professional experience.
3. PREPARE FOR FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
Some of your questions may be followed up with further enquiries, either looking for a better answer or because this section of your experience is more pertinent to the role.
4. MATCH YOUR VALUES TO THE EMPLOYER’S
During your research of the company and through reading the job description you will have found core elements the company is based upon, such as the desire to attain success through sales or making a commitment to the local community. Try to draw out comparisons between yourself and the business, and express how you and the employer can work together creating that long term vision.
5. PUT YOUR BEST POINTS FIRST
The interviewer will want to employ a valued individual who is also a team player, with the ability to fit seamlessly in with the workforce. Prepare your best features as a professional (sales figures, signs of innovation, ability to comply with business structures and performance standards) and show that you are a communicative, interesting, team player with individual tastes.