Job Interviews: A View From The Other SidePosted: 6th of February 2015 by
Wouldn’t it be great to know what employers are looking for when it came to job interviews? If would certainly help to ease the nerves that go along with the whole process, and maybe even give you a better chance of landing your dream job. Of course, we cannot possibly prepare you for any interview as each employer will have their own needs and desires for their employees, not to mention the differences between different jobs. However, by taking a look at the sort of advice offered to those looking for the perfect candidate, you should gain a little heads-up on how you should prepare and act during your own job interview. So, we present a quick look from the other side of the interviewer’s desk, to see what they are looking for when they come to assess applicants.
Just like you, the person taking the interview needs to know about the job role and responsibilities. This will allow them to ask insightful questions to make sure you match up to the requirements of the role – make sure that you are also clued up as to exactly what the job entails. Read the job specification, check out the website for the company you are applying for and make sure you understand exactly what the job is all about. Basically, make sure you do your homework to understand what the job and the company is all about.
Your C.V. is one of the first things that a prospective employer will see (as well as your covering letter), and some of the interview questions will certainly be about what your C.V. says about you. These questions will be tailored to reveal more about your personality, experience, and work and educational history. Be prepared to elaborate on what you have written on your C.V. – and try to make sure to include information relevant to the job you are applying for.
A good interviewer will want to put you at ease, so they can see you at your best during the interview – but this is not always the case. Try to stay relaxed and focused on the task in hand – be polite and not overly friendly with the interviewer. It is not a time for jokes and banter, so leave that outside and stick to being business-like. Of course, this is not always a hard and fast rule and there are those interviews and interviewers who are more relaxed – but it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Good interviewers will ask open ended questions (those that require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer), so be prepared to talk in some detail about your experience, qualifications, aspirations, and more. However, don’t get too carried away and start rambling on – the interviewer doesn’t want to hear your life story.
There will also be some specific questions – such as “can you give an example of working well under pressure,” or “how would you resolve a conflict at work?” These are designed to test your suitability for the role and the business itself.
Of course, it is the interviewer’s job to see past the front you want to present to them. You will be trying to come across as best you can, while they will want to see the ‘real you.’ Their job is to work out who you are, and how good you will be for the job in a short space of time, meaning that the pressure is on them as much as it is on you – which should help you feel a little more relaxed.
The interviewer may also be seeking to sell the aims of the company to you – especially if you have the right experience and qualifications. It may actually be that the interviewer really wants you for the job, in which case they will be working hard to get you to accept the job.
Finally, not all interviewers are as good as you might hope, and some will actually go out of their way to make you feel uneasy to test how you cope with pressure. While uncommon these days, this tactic is still used by some employers in some sectors. Don’t take it personally – it’s just their way of doing things.
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