Be prepared and Smile...
It's normal to feel nervous when you have an interview because you want to do your best. If you prepare and practise you can get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best chance of getting the job. Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself, but most of all make sure that you're enthusiastic and smile.
Typical questions an interviewer might ask:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
- What would your colleagues and friends consider as your best qualities?
- Why should we hire you?
What the interviewer really wants to know: can you do the job?
Know your strengths, and mention ones that are relevant to the job you're being interviewed for. It's important to quote examples of when you used the skills; it's not enough to just say you have the skills. Typical strengths employers look for are:
- Communication - the ability to get on with a wide range of people
- Team working - the ability to be an effective team leader or team member
- IT skills - how good are they in relation to the vacancy
- Good attitude - hard worker, honest, polite, co-operative
- Problem solving - using your initiative to identify solutions
- Enthusiasm - employers like someone positive
- Quick learner - so you can take on new tasks
- Determination - shows you are focused on achieving goals
- Flexibility - doing a variety of tasks to achieve a common goal.
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our company?
- What can you do for us that someone else can't?
What the interviewer really wants to know: Do you know what we do? Why have you chosen to apply to this company?
The interviewer wants to know you've done your homework and that you know about the organisation and its aims. They want to know you've thought it through and you've chosen to apply to them for a good reason. Show your knowledge of the company by having some facts and figures at the ready, such as:
- the size of the organisation
- what the product or service is
- latest developments in the field
- the history, goals, image and philosophy of the employer.
- Don't be afraid to check out LinkedIn or other platforms to find people you may know that works there
When talking about why you want to work for the employer, focus on what you can do for them, not on what they can do for you.
Prepare, Prepare and Prepare....