- Posted by Linda
- On 22nd May 2015
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For a recruiter, the purpose of an interview is to explore whether you are suitable and capable enough to perform the role you are applying for. Your CV has got you this far so obviously on paper you have been considered a potential candidate for the job. During the interview you are being given a further opportunity to prove that you possess the right mix of experience, qualities and skills that the employer is seeking and they will not only be judging you on the quality of your answers but they will also be silently assessing how well you would fit in with the people you would be working with and whether you are someone who would be able to uphold and promote the values of the company.
Here is my advice on how to answer three tricky interview questions:
1. Tell me about yourself
This is one of the most common questions and often the first one you may be asked so you want to make a good impression. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s an informal preamble to the main interview and don’t for goodness sake drop your guard and start rambling. The interviewer is not looking for your life history here, so you need to prepare yourself for exactly how you are going to answer this question before your interview. In order to impress them and help you stand out from the crowd, offer a few short sharp sentences that open the way for further discussion. The things to include are a one sentence description of who you are, your biggest strength and the major benefit that a company will derive from this strength. Try and keep your mind focused on the job you are applying for and reflect this in your answers.
2. Why do you want this job?
In today’s competitive market, the interviewer is looking to employ someone who has an obvious passion for the job and is not just casting out their net for interview experience or taking an ‘any job will do for now’ approach. Things to bring in here are how much of an opportunity it would be; a chance to use your qualifications to make a difference; how well it suits your skills and competencies. It would also be a great opportunity to show off your knowledge of the company and any research you have done about the job or company. For example, if you have found out that company may be expanding, say that you want to be part of it as it grows. If you know that the company rewards people who deliver solutions to problems, then say how the work you find most stimulating allows you to use both your creative and research skills to good effect.
3. Why should we hire you?
What they are really wanting to know here is what makes you the best fit for this position. Here is your opportunity to explain what you have to offer the employer. The best way to do this is to use examples to demonstrate why your skills and achievements make you the best candidate for the job. In your interview preparation you should go through the job description and personal specification with a fine toothcomb, making a list or highlighting all the requirements for the position. Then make a list of all the qualities you have that fit these requirements. For each quality think of a specific time that you used that trait to achieve something at work. For example if you have said that you are problem solver, think of a time when you overcame a problem that impacted positively on the team, department or the company. Use the STAR technique here to help you structure your answer.
If you’ve got an important interview coming up and you’re struggling to prepare contact me today on 07950 127129 and I would be happy to advise and help you.