Preparing for your job interview is a crucial step when seeking employment.

Interview Strategies

Before each interview, research the company, and if possible, the interviewer(s) also. You need to present yourself in such a way that your strengths and accomplishments are highly relevant to the hiring firm, so that the interviewer can easily see how you could be seamlessly inserted into the team and quickly start to produce great results. However, never make assumptions about the position you will be offered, so if you do not have enough specific information, keep your answers more general.

Many common interview questions are open-ended. When answering these questions, don't ramble. Be specific, showing how your particular talents will benefit the company. Remember, how you answer the question is also important – speak confidently and succinctly and make sure your body language is confident and open.

Many questions as so common that you can prepare answers in advance and practice the delivery. Interviewers often begin by simply saying, “Tell me about yourself.” To answer this, limit yourself to two minutes. You do not have to detail everything about yourself; they already have your resume. Four keys areas to address are your early years, education, experience and current position. Use this question to draw the interview's attention to key achievements, while also becoming a human being, not just another resume.

“What can you offer us, that others can't?” is another common question. Discuss your skills and accomplishments, particularly any that are unusual or particularly noteworthy. If you know enough about the position you are being considered for, you can describe how your accomplishments elsewhere show how you could resolve your potential employer's current problems.

When asked, “How successful have you been so far?” you need to define what successful means to you, personally. There is no right or wrong answer; your answer will reflect what you feel important in a company's culture, and if the company doesn't have a similar culture, you wouldn't be happy working there anyway. Try to relate the accomplishments in your answer to the company's needs and values.

“What are your limitations?” is a question that most candidates find difficult to answer. No one is perfect, so you need to give an area (but just one!) where you genuinely do feel the need for improvement. If possible, present your weakness as a strength overdone, where you recognize the need for self-control. An alternative is to present an area where you feel you need more training, as this is often an easy fix for the hiring company.

However, the interview isn't just about selling yourself to the company. At this level, you are a highly qualified professional and the company equally needs to sell itself to you, as a firm offering a great working environment and where your career will blossom to its full potential. To make an informed decision about whether or not you want to work for a firm, you need to know the right questions to ask to discover the true culture of the company.

Ask the interviewer what they would have to include in a newspaper article about the company's culture. This is a creative question that allows the interviewer to show the company in a positive light, and by mentioning a newspaper you show that you are not looking for any secret information. A similar question would be to ask what the interviewer would show on a tour of the company for the interested public. You can be sure that anything the interviewer mentions in answer to these two questions is an important part of the company culture.

You can also ask the interviewer more personal questions, based on their own experience of working for the company. For example, ask what is the most positive aspect of working for the company, that is not immediately obvious from a short tour. With this question, you are more likely to get a personal answer from the interviewer, and discover more of the true culture of the company and workplace environment. Towards the end of the interview, once you have some rapport with the interviewer, try asking what they themselves like best about working for the company. Again, you'll get a personal answer that may show you something you'd never otherwise have discovered about the company.

If you still have questions, you can ask to talk to current employees, and how the interviewer responds to this question will also give you a good idea of the corporate culture. These questions will mark you out as a creative, memorable individual who is genuinely interested in the company and working there, and also who wants to work for a firm where they fit in and understand the corporate culture.

Remember, by using Guidarelli Executive Search Solutions in your next job hunt, you'll receive personalized attention, which will always consider your personal strengths, aims and ambitions, to assist you in finding a job that you are not only qualified for, but is also at a company where you will be comfortable and happy working. Guidarelli's dedicated, seasoned professionals will be there for you at every step of the process to assist you in your search for that perfect position.




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