A few handy interview tips to help you in your next job.
An interview is a meeting between two parties in order to determine whether or not they are suited for working together. The interviewer has a job that they need extra support in running, and the interviewee has the relevant skills and experience that could help with running the business. Through this meeting, both parties can assess whether or not they would be a good fit for each other.
As the interviewee, it is easy to go in on the back-foot: you really want/need the role, you are on their territory, and they are essentially interviewing you.
But confidence is key, in order to overcome these fears, and taking that next step and making the interview work for you.
Some interviews can be very casual, tell me about yourself, and that’s all you are asked.
The interviewer may not be completely prepared, and lack organisation in some cases. The interviewer may spend most of the interview talking about the company, rather than asking the interviewee questions.
The interviews that are run well enable the interviewee to sell themselves more effectively and share key points that the interviewer should understand about them.
You can learn a lot about a company, its staff and their attitudes whilst you wait in reception. Look about and see and feel the atmosphere of the building. Would you like to work there every day?
What was the demeanour of the receptionist? Was it amicable, affable, and professional or did it give off an impression of aloofness, apathy, and disrespect? If the company employs people with that disposition – would you want to be a part of that organisation?
How does the interviewer deal with you? Do they treat you with respect? Bother to make you feel at ease, explain things to you, give you enough time for the interview? Or does the interviewer continue to run his/her business throughout the interview? Or take little notice of what you are saying and is more interested in telling you what he/she wants?
Do they bother to ask appropriate questions or is the whole interview controlled by them to such an extent, that you leave feeling that you were not able to get over the key points you wished to make?
All these markers give you a good level of understanding as to how you would be treated if you worked there, and what the work ethos in that organisation is.
So when going for an interview, remember to interview them at the same time!
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