If you’ve missed the first part of our Guide to the Job Interview Process : Step By Step, you can read it here!
The Interview: Interviewer Styles and Your Answers
You’ve already passed the first test by scoring an interview. Your resume has already proven you have the type of education and job history that might make you hireable.
Unless it seems like the interviewer’s memory needs refreshing, you probably don’t need to spend time on reviewing those details.
Your interviewer has asked you for an interview in order to assess if what he sees on paper matches what is in person. He wants to know more about you personally and to evaluate if you are a good fit with his company.
When interviewers ask questions, the key intention is to study your personality. They want to study how you process information, and how you communicate them. It’s not just important to answer a question, it is important to do so in a concise, ordered and confident way.
Bring the Focus Back to the Position
When giving examples from your work history or personal life, try to focus on areas that connect with the position you’re applying for. The interviewer is likely looking for a certain type of personality and skill set for the position he has in mind. If you don’t get the job, don’t worry. You don’t want to end up in a position that is wrong for you.
The interview process is a time for you to find out more about the position and company you are working for. The interviewer will be happy to know you’ve done your homework in finding out more about what it is the business does, who their clients are, etc. You will be able to show what you know by asking questions about various things in order to gain clarification.
Make sure during the interview you understand what the requirements of the position are as far as work hours, who you would report to, what types of tasks are involved and what type of future is in store for you.
It’s just as important that you evaluate whether or not you’re a good fit for-the position as much as it is about them liking you. There’s no point taking a position that in no time you want to leave. You’ll end up without a job and a question mark on your next resume.
Some hesitation about changing jobs is normal, but if there are several things that don’t feel right after an interview, request another meeting to clarify missing information. Even if offered a job, the ball is in your court as to whether or not you accept it.
Every career step you take builds on your previous one, so make smart moves at the right time that are in your favour, if at all possible.