You may not have done many job interviews if you are in an early stage in your career. For this reason we will look at some fundamental elements of the job interview for you to prepare for and give some simple advice that will help you avoid making some basic but common mistakes!
Know your CV
You might think you know your CV perfectly well, after all, you did write it. And it took a while to draft, edit and re-edit until you got it perfect. If you’ve scanned through it tons of times looking for errors and areas to improve, you probably think you know your CV like the back of your hand! But you have to understand more than the words on your CV. In an interview, the story of your CV is important to know. The strengths, weaknesses that your CV reveals and the overall story of you as a potential employee is something you have to be aware of. If you know this you can preempt questions that will be asked in the job interview so you need to prepare how you speak about important areas like your work experience, education and achievements.
Prepare answers on common questions
This brings us to the next point – prepare answers to common interview questions. If you are relatively inexperienced in job interviews or haven’t had an interview in the career you are applying for, you will have to do some research to identify these questions. Thinking up answers on the spot will not look good. Interviewers will undoubtedly prefer if you have prepared and can communicate your best answer to their questions. One thing you can depend on in a job interview is interviewers will always want you to show evidence of certain traits such as the ability to work under pressure, when you’ve had to manage multiple tasks or how you dealt with a problem. You can look up how to answer competency based questions here: https://www.jobs.ie/job-talk/its-time-to-love-competency-based-interviews/
Research the company so that you can tailor answers to company
Remember, in the job interview, you are selling you and your skills to the company. In sales, it is essential that you know what your customer’s needs are. Doing some research into the company and the industry will help you tremendously towards understanding what they want their new hire to do.
If you spent a few hours prior to your job interview doing research on the company and industry, you will have naturally come across things that have peaked your interest that you can ask about. Asking questions in the job interview is extremely important as it shows that you are interested in learning more, you have studied the company and you are willing to ask more questions as an employee.
You’ll have done a great job interview, if you can discuss your CV strongly, prepare answers to common questions, tailor your answers to the company’s needs and ask specific questions.
Three Q’s commitment to Helping Job Seekers
Our recruiters volunteer their time and expertise to job seekers every month by conducting mock interviews and follow up calls with our CSR Partner Jobcare. Have a look at our CSR strategy which puts focus on donating our skills and time to helping unemployed people find work: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/csr_corporate_social_responsibility/
Also in our Starting Out In Your Career series, we discussed how to write a CV when you have very little work experience, getting experience when you don’t have enough and what employers want in an employee. You can read these here:
What Employers Want in an Employee: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/what-employers-want-in-an-employee-and-why/
CV Writing When You Don’t Have Experience: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/cv-writing-when-you-dont-have-work-experience/
How To Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/how-to-get-work-experience/