Job interviews are quite stressful. If you prepare in advance for the interview your stress levels will considerably reduce. Regardless of this, a number of candidates don’t prepare themselves and decide just to wing it. And in most cases they just end up being eliminated.
Apparently innocent questions in an interview can make you falter. You might think you answering the questions in the right way, but you’d be astonished at how most people totally miss the boat. Simply by just hoping an interview goes well will not yield any positive results. First and foremost that’s reducing your chances of having a positive outcome.
Let’s look at the two interview questions’ Why do you want to work here’ and ‘Tell me about yourself’.
For example, when replying to the question, “Why do you want to work here?” a number of people will reply as follows:
I have been very successful and I have worked in this industry for close to 10 years. I believe I can make a difference in your company. I have a proven leadership track record. I’ve read online that your organization is having issues, and with the kind of experience that I possess, I can help in resolving them.
That answer sounds perfect and seems to be adequate, but it ranks about a 4, on a scale of 1 – 10.
Why? The reason for this is that the answer shows no consideration, no research and no thought. It sounds standard and could be good enough for any number of organizations. Totally, unimpressive.
As a recruiter my experience has been that upper-level management will in most cases, Over-answer the question and mid-level management does the opposite. Because of a limited lack of experience one group doesn’t provide enough information. The other group has worked in more than one organization and have gone up the ladder. In their attempt to sound intelligent, thoughtful, and wise, end up saying nothing at all or very little.
Let’s look at these two interview questions closer.
Why do you want to work here?
When asked this question this is when you have to show off your research. Tell the interviewer what you’ve learned through your research about the organization, and why it’s attractive to you. The key things here are specifics.
From your experience relate those specific examples to what you’ve learned about the organization, their market, and their focus. Look at what motivates you as well as your personality. Also look at how that relates to any details you learned from the job advert, your friend, your recruiter, who referred you, or from where you learned of this vacancy.
For example, maybe their job advert mentioned that they were looking to establish a sales department from scratch. If you flourish on challenges, , making things happen, growth, – there’s your answer – together with examples of how you have established, grown, or done market research in a similar situation.
And you may ask, “What if it’s a local and small organization?” “What if it’s not a prominent organization? Right. Not every organization is the size of Microsoft.
You might find any information you looking for online as most companies have a website or a Facebook page.
Share how you can make a contribution, what you can do and why you feel the company can benefit from you. This question is not about how the company can reward you, it’s about how you can benefit the organization.
Tell me about yourself
Because of this question at this point some interviews are lost. This does not mean you have been given an invitation to talk about all the things that have happened to you since you were six years old or since your first real job out of university. It is also not the time to give out one-sentence answers and shrug your shoulders.
Most people tend to talk a lot when they get nervous especially those who don’t prepare for the interview. They just find themselves rambling. Come up with a 3-minute verbal biography about your career, your qualifications, and reasons why you are interested. Prepare in advance and know what you’re going to say.
Remember these few points
We used to say in recruiting ‘C’ candidates for ‘C’ companies,”, “‘B’ candidates for ‘B’ companies, and ‘A’ candidates for ‘A’ companies and a ‘B’ candidate is a person whose track record and talents are only so-and-sos, it’s also an ‘A’ candidate whose bad interviewing skills turns him into a ‘B’ candidate.
Getting to know who you are, what you have to offer, what you want, and what you’ve achieved – and having it all memorized – can mean you getting the job offer or not – not just your dream job, but in some cases any job.
Having the capability to sell yourself, your skills, how you can be of value to a potential company and then being able to close the deal requires taking the time to learn and research the company. It means knowing yourself very well that you can utilize attributes of your capabilities to the details and facts of that single company – and that you can do it effortlessly without searching for words or just winging it.
In conclusion, the words of Peter Handal of Dale Carnegie Training, tell the importance of preparing for interviews, including role-playing which most people think is silly. But as he said, “you only have one chance to make a really good impression,” and if you don’t thoroughly prepare and take the interview seriously, some other person will, and that’s the person that will land the job!
There’s no opportunity to make a second good impression! Before every interview, do your homework! Also have a look at the two interview questions above.