You’re a competent, responsible, and driven employee who delivers on time, works well with others, and has great ideas to share. However, when it comes to job interviews, are you able to demonstrate you have those attributes? If you suffer a little unease at interviews, take a few minutes to go over some basics so you’ll be better prepared to offer engaging answers that really reflect who you are.
Let’s look at some of the questions you’ll almost certainly be asked when you’re sitting across from a recruiter or a company Hiring Manager.
“Tell us about yourself”
This is where you present a summary of your experience. It’s a chance to cover some areas that may have been missing from the conversation you’ve had up to this point, which you believe reflect well on you. Take about five minutes to:
Keep it short. It’s better to make it concise and engaging so it leads to a few questions afterwards, rather than to cover every detail of your life (starting with your award-winning, fifth-grade science fair project).
“Why do you want to work here?”
Ugh…really? In many cases you want to work “here” because “here” is where the job is, but alas, that’s not usually a suitable response. There are other variations of this question as well, such as “Why do you want this job?”
Let’s start with the first thing you must do when you’re serious about working for a specific company: your homework. Check out the company’s website and its entire social media. Come armed with a few solid bullet points that serve as a connection between the company’s identity (brand) and your personality and professional aspirations. The job description is a great resource for insight, especially since many times, the Hiring Manager has written it!
If you have colleagues who’ve worked for, or are currently working for the company, mention how highly they speak of the company. Perhaps we shouldn’t have to say this, but if these are friends who formerly worked there, make sure they parted on good terms.
If you don’t have a personal connection to the company, let the interviewer know that you’ve been following the company, including good knowledge of the company’s presence in social media. Also, discuss things the company has achieved or is noted for.
The basic rule here is to have a few tangible things to say, and to include positive references to the company.
“Why would you be successful in the position you’re applying for?”
This might be simply stated as “Why should we hire you?” In the previous question, the job was to highlight the company and then yourself. Here, it’s the opposite. This is where you sell yourself.
How to handle curveballs
No matter how much time you prepare for an interview, sometimes a question will stump you. When this happens, it sometimes affects your confidence. You may feel that you’ve probably blown the interview! Remember that sometimes an interviewer will ask a question that you can’t answer just to see how you react. When you run into a question to which you don’t know the answer, simply admit that you’ve not worked in that area and move onto the next question. If you think that this was a test question, your attitude will remain confident. Don’t let one question ruin the whole interview.
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