Step 4: The Interview
You’ve written your CV, you’ve found a job that you’ve applied for and of course following these tips you’ve been invited in for an interview. Don’t panic, this is the most exciting and fun part. The recruiter has seen your application and has already decided that you are a good candidate for the position, all you need to do now is confirm the skills you expressed on your CV and let the employer learn a little bit more about you.
The interview can last any amount of time and will often involve questions designed tolearn more about you as a person and allow you to elaborate on your skills and career history. Here are some typical interview questions and there are more challenging interview questions here.
- Why do you want this job?
- What do you know about the company?
- What are your career aspirations?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Name an achievement that you are most proud of
- Describe yourself
- Who do you admire and why?
- Do you have any questions?
Be honest with all your answers. The best way to give good responses to these questions is to learn as much as you can about the company. Try to give answers that show that you’re keen to join and aware of how the business is unique and successful from others in the same industry. In regards to the questions regarding your personal qualities, pick strengths that would be relevant to the job role and remember to give examples too.
Weaknesses Are A Strength
When asked about your weaknesses, always give an answer, but explain how previous challenges have helped towards overcoming or certainly lessening this weakness. For example "I think I could be more determined and pro-active. That’s why I have been actively seeking placement work to keep myself in an industry state of mind and running on a regular basis keeps me fit and dynamic." Remember forewarned is forearmed so if you can go into the interview with some answers in the back of your mind you will be more fluent and confident in the interview.
Keep In Contact
A nice thing to do before the interview is to email your contact to confirm the time and that you will still be attending and to thank them again for the interview opportunity. In fact if it’s feasible ask if you could come in to visit the offices beforehand, so that you can be confident of the journey on the day of the interview. You will be illustrating your enthusiasm to work for the company, it will make you stand out from other applicants and best of all you can meet the interviewer beforehand in order to create a foundation relationship in a more informal capacity.
The Big Day
On the day of the interview make sure that you arrive ten minutes early, it’s far better to be waiting around in the car for half an hour before than to be flustered and arrive just in time. Obviously be smart, clean, and presentable and smile. Enjoy the occasion and show off a bit. The interviewer wants you to be perfect for the position, as much you want to be. During the interview be aware of your posture, don’t slouch or cross your arms as these can give negative signals. Simply sit up, with your hands on your lap or on the table and lean in slightly towards your interviewer.
As it can be difficult to remember everything that you want to talk about, bring along a copy of the job description and your own CV, which you can refer to throughout the interview and make notes upon. Here are some great questions that you can ask at the end of the interview with more here.
- How much has the company grown in the last 5 years?
- How would my role develop and what path would my career follow in the company?
- What do you enjoy about working for the company?
- Where are the best places to live (if you’re moving into the area)?
- How often are performances accessed?
- What training might I receive?
With the conclusion of the interview thank the interviewer for their time. If you left your references off your CV, as recommended in CV Writing, this gives you a perfect excuse to email your contact again with your references. Also reiterate how much enjoyed the interview and visiting the work site and that you look forward to hearing from them soon. With this done, sit back and relax, because you could not have done more to ensure that you are seriously considered for the applied position.
Meridian Business Support hope to see you for an interview very soon.