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3 Questions you must address at a Job Interview (even if they’re never asked)

Greetings!

You may think that every job interview is completely different. To a certain extent that is correct. An interview can involve everything from experiential questioning to the more common set list of open ended questions. It may also involve one on one meetings or group panel sessions.

For those of you that have had the opportunity to be involved in the selection process you will appreciate that there can be a bit of consternation on both sides of the interview room. After all, the employer is trying to make a decision that they will be stuck with once they hire a person. This is the basis of their anxiety. Make the wrong decision and it can make an employer or manager’s life hell. No one wants that.

To break it down in simple terms there are three questions that will be in the back of an interviewer’s mind during the selection process – even if they do not ask these questions directly themselves.

The first question is: Can you do the job? Interviewers will skirt around this question delving into your past career to see if they can obtain evidence that you’re a good fit for the work that they intend to hire you for. They will look for first-hand experience or transferable skills that demonstrate your capacity to handle the workload and individual tasks.

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The second question is: Do you want the job? For those of you who are desperate to take on a role this may seem like a redundant question however I can honestly say that in my own personal experience there have been several roles that I have applied for but never ever wanted to secure. I have also been approached by head hunters who have pushed me into interviews for firms that I have never wanted to work for. There have also been instances when I have applied for work at certain companies and on the basis of the interview have withdrawn my interest due to a variety of reasons (pay being a major one). Then there are instances where I have offered work to potential employees only to have them knock me back. The employer wants to know that you are not kicking tyres and that you are serious about the position.

The third question is: Will you fit in with the rest of my team? Conflict in the workplace is never a good thing. Human nature means that (thankfully) we are all different. However there is such a thing as workplace culture. Whether this is based on teamwork, sharing ideas, working independently, staying back in the office until 9pm, regularly surpassing targets or simply drinking at the local bar after work the employer wants to know that the potential employee is not going to upset the apple-cart and work against the current accepted business practices.

So what does all this mean to your interview and how can you take advantage of knowing that these three key questions exist in the back of your potential employer’s mind?

Firstly, make sure that the answers to all your questions address these three issues. You can also use these issues to frame questions for the interviewer eg “Could you describe the current culture in the workplace?” You can use the interviewer’s reply to reinforce the fact that you would be a perfect fit in that type of environment.

Finally, it can be a great way to sum up your own personal fit for the job ie “I believe that I have demonstrated that I can do the job based on xyz. I certainly am very keen to secure the position and based on our discussions I believe that I would be a great fit with the rest of the team.”

For information about resumes, cover letters and selection criteria please see www.gatelounge.com.au

I wish you well in your job search – go get ‘em!

Greg Mullane

Top 10 Job Interview Tips

Greetings,

Ok, congratulations! You’ve just landed an interview for that job you’ve always dreamed about. The big day for the meeting has almost arrived but you’re not sure how you should prepare. Let’s discuss ten things that you can do to help you get ready for a session that could potentially land you the job of a lifetime.

1. Research the company you are being interviewed by, including its LinkedIn profile, and learn as much as you can about its people, products, services and performance. Use this information in answering questions at the interview. Show the interviewer that you’ve done your research. Wikipedia is also a good place to look for company centric information.

2. Google the names of the people that will be interviewing you and find out all you can about them. Let them know what you know about them at the interview and ask them relevant questions related to their interests. LinkedIn is also a perfect place to go to learn more about people that work for the company.

3. Arrive 10 minutes before the job interview. This demonstrates that you are keen for the role and it gives you plenty of time to prepare yourself mentally before you step into the interview.

4. Dress to impress – first impressions are very, very important. You basically have 3 seconds before the individuals meeting form their first opinions of you.

5. Smile! Immediately build rapport with the person you are meeting with. The interviewing and hiring of people is not an exact science. In fact for any position there is a lot of risk for the company doing the hiring and at the end of the day, people like hiring people they like. Get along with interviewer from the get go.

6. Be positive about everything especially past employers. Pay particular attention to this and don’t deviate. You may be baited in the interview to discuss what you didn’t like about previous roles. Don’t fall into the trap of dumping on your previous bosses or companies that you’ve worked for.

7. Use examples of your past work experience to highlight your strengths. Have some war stories that you can you use and emphasize your achievements. Think about things you were proud of, things that you were acknowledged for and use these examples in the interview,

8. Have 3 questions to ask at the end of the interview – write them down so you don’t forget. Remember, it’s ok to refer to your notes when you ask them.

9. Be ready for typical questions that are asked at job interviews. There are plenty of websites that have examples – study them and be prepared.

10. Always send a follow up thank you note to the person/s that interviewed you and highlight what your strengths are and what you can bring to the company

I wish you well in your job pursuit – go get ‘em!

For information about resumes, cover letters and selection criteria see www.gatelounge.com.au

All the best,

Greg Mullane


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