Like many things in life, the key to success is preparation. And one of the best ways to prepare is to thoroughly understand what your potential employer is really wanting to know when they ask all those interview questions.
These are the Questions going on in the interviewer’s mind
- Does your resume really reflect what you’ve done?
- Do you have initiative so I don’t have to be there for you at every decision point?
- What problems am I going to have with hiring you?
- What are you trying to hide?
- Do you have the skills and experience to do the job?
- Do you have the ability to build strong relationships with our clients and stakeholders?
- Are you going to fit into our culture?
- What is the motivation behind apply for this particular job?
- Are your career goals in line with the job and the organization?
How to prepare yourself to relieve the employer of their worries:
Read and Re-read the job description and get to know what the true needs and desires are of the potential employer. Highlight the top 5 key things they are looking for in a candidate, and consider 5 examples that you can outline to them that shows you have the perfect set of skills, knowledge and experience.
Think specifically about the following points, and make some notes for the interview:
- Which problems can I solve for this company?
- How can my key strengths be leveraged in this role, so the company benefits?
- In which areas of this job role will my skills prove especially beneficial?
- How can I make a difference where other candidates may not be able to?
Another way of finding out what the prospective employer really wants is to ask open-ended questions, as early into the interview as possible.
This way you will get them talking about his or her key focal points, and any possible concerns at the start of your conversation.
You can then respond to their problems by showing how you would resolve the key issues
Questions You Could Ask to Find Information:
- What, in your opinion, are the most important parts of the job?
- What would you like to be seen accomplished within the first three months?
- What do you view to be the longer-range goals for the position?
- How can the new person make your life easier?
- Which characteristics and skills are most important to you for an employee to be successful?
When you get a full understanding of what your interviewer really wants to know in the interview, you have the best opportunity of promoting your most relevant skills and experience, and so you are seen as the ideal person for the job.
Remember to demonstrate your best attributes by highlighting your skills and experience with targeted examples.
Demonstrate your interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport, as this is one area that is very hard to train people in!
Follow these job interview tips, and you’ve got a great chance of getting through to second round interview stage, or even being offered the job on the spot.