How to Prepare for a Great Job Interview

Are you heading to an interview for your dream accounting job or that marketing role you’ve always longed for? For any applicant that has been successfully invited by a company to attend an interview for a position they’ve applied for, it is completely usual to expect to be asked a number of structured questions by the interviewer. To comfortably prepare for any upcoming interview, there are a number of questions that any well prepared candidate should be ready to answer comfortably.

Before the Interview

After a candidate has been invited to engage in the initial stage of the recruitment process of attending an interview, they should be aware that this really is only the first step in their endeavours of potentially being offered the role that they have applied for. There are many other factors in today’s competitive market that surely must be considered and prepared for before the actual interview. Effectively securing an interview with any business that a candidate would like to work with undoubtedly requires a considerable amount of detailed research. Some of this research that should be undertaken is to find out more information about the company and the position that it is looking to fill. This allows the prepared interviewee to easily and confidently answer any questions that the interviewer may direct towards them during the process.

Demonstrating confidence and a natural self-assuredness is imperative when responding to any of an interviewers’ questions during the interview. Candidates should take adequate time before an interview to prepare a variety of answers to questions that may be asked of them. These questions may range from queries about their qualifications to their previous career experience and a variety of other topics. Some people may find it helpful to practice answering questions that they could expect with a family member or a friend beforehand first. A candidate may have found the information about the position through a recruitment agency. Knowledgeable agency staff are also completely happy to help the jobseeker with this preparation by setting up a mock interview with them. These mock interviews can greatly help a job seeker with answering questions that may be asked of them and can offer the candidate an array of structured suggestions on how they can comfortably improve their interview techniques to secure their next career move.

During the Interview

At some point during the actual interview, the candidate could be asked if they have any questions for the interviewer. It is always important to ask a couple of well-timed and previously prepared questions but only when invited to do so by the interviewer. Not having any questions to ask about a new role may not receive the most positive of reactions in a jobseekers quest to secure a new role. Prospective candidates for any future position that may be offered for the future must always remember that a company will already have carefully reviewed their Curriculum Vitae before offering an invitation to attend an interview for the role. Remembering this, it is most important to be completely open when answering any questions about the content that a CV may contain. Applicants should also be aware that any former role changes in previously held positions may be queried by the interviewer. If asked to elaborate on the reasons that an interviewee left a previous role, it is important that the answer offers a somewhat condensed version of details but always finish the answer with a positive note. Questions about the reasons for leaving a previous role are never meant to be an opportunity for a candidate to complain about their last role. These questions are never asked of a candidate to offer them a platform for any negativity about the business or their colleagues in their last role. This certainly would not be appreciated by the interviewer and is never considered professional to do so.

Asking pertinent and role relevant questions are usually expected and encouraged at an appropriate stage during an interview by any discerning employer. Actively and positively engaging in the process helps to show the interviewer that the candidate has a keen interest in and sufficient knowledge of any role that is currently on offer.

It is not usually advisable for a candidate to ask about expected salary or any other secondary benefits that the role may be offer when presented to a successful applicant. If the interviewer wishes to discuss the subject of salary at an appropriate point during the interview, it is always courtesy to patiently wait for a prospective employer to be the first to bring the subject up.

A well prepared candidate always stands a much better chance of securing the position that they desire!