When you are in a job interview, it feels like you are being interrogated. You go into the interview room and the next thing you know interviewers start firing out questions like there is no tomorrow, and you are expected to answer every single one. How do you do it? That’s easy. You make sure that you are ready to face anything that comes your way. Since you want to make a great first impression, you don’t want to just provide any answer to their questions, you want to provide the best answer you possible.
The purpose of the interview is to allow employers to understand who you are and what do you have to offer. Usually, three recurring themes are the primary focus of the discussion. These focus on your core competencies, your expectations (as well as your employers), and your personality. If you manage to give sufficient answers to these three main points, then you have better chances of success.
Let’s take a closer look at these three elements that you need to expand on during a job interview if you really want the job:
1. Your Skills
It’s only natural that employers will want to learn more about your expertise. As such they will ask some skill-based questions as part of the interview. Since your work history/experience and your skills are the first things employers look at resumes, your chances of success will depend on your ability to talk about these things in more detail providing some good real-life examples. At the same time, refer to examples that help them realise how you have developed your transferable and job-related skills.
2. Your Goals
What are your short and long-term career goals? Employers ask this question because they want to recruit competent and self-motivated individuals to work for their company. Because of this, you need to have an appropriate answer prepared.
They also want to know what type of worker you are, how satisfied you are with the work that you produce as well as how far you are willing to go. Having goals can give employers a lot of information regarding your attitude to work, as well as your passion and determination to succeed. They want to hire employees who have a can-do attitude and have high expectations for themselves. Job applicants who show they have certain career goals in place are more likely to get the job as goal-setting is an essential component of success.
3. Your Personality
Employers are trying to get a glimpse of who you are from your resume and the job interview. Since it’s hard for them to get to know you in one meeting, interviewers ask questions that will allow them to assess your personal characteristics and those qualities that you can bring to the role. The reason for this is that they are trying to decide whether you are the type of person who can fit in with the team, is more likely to follow the company rules and easily adjust to their work culture.
The job interview is your only real chance to convince employers you are a good fit for the job. The interviewer is going to focus on your skills, expectations and personality, so never be afraid to talk about them in an interview and make sure you prepare the best answers you can.
Have you ever tried this approach in a job interview? Let me know in the comments section below…