Congratulations you have made it
It’s really a big accomplishment to make it through the hordes of people by getting to the job interview phase. The celebration is
however over quickly. Now you have got a new problem to get over, the interview. Often, people who make it through the resume phase are terribly unprepared when it comes to answering interview questions. I think it’s because a lot of people do not answer questions from the perspective of the employers.
Exactly what does “perspective of the employers” mean?
When employers look to hire someone they are only after one thing, fixing their problem. The problem could be as simple as a vacant position or as complex as a multinational project that’s gone off the rails. Either way employers have a problem, and they really hope you can fix it.
Fix the problem
During the job interview your goal should be to answer all questions with the intention of fixing the employers problem. Let’s have a look at how this might be done with some of the most common interview questions.
What do you know about the job?
The employer wants to see if you’ve done any basic research at all, you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t. With the obvious resources of the internet there should be no excuse for not understanding what a company does. When you answer, go one better than just understanding what the company does, mention how your skills can help with company goals.
So, tell me a bit about yourself?
This is probably one of the most asked questions in an interview of all time. This question is also called a behavioural interview question. This is the icebreaker and so important to get right. It is common when you’re out of interview practice to launch into a meaningful discussion about your career and how good you are. Instead consider why you’re being interviewed, yep to solve a problem. Give the employer what they want, talk about how your skills relate to the position and how you can help.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is another classic behavioural interview question. No one wants to admit to having a weakness. Turn this question around by demonstrating how you have worked through a weakness. Show how you approach a situation or challenge and identify what you should do, to work through it. This focuses on the approach rather than the actual weakness.
What do you like most and least about your current or last job?
Of course you never want to be negative. It’s ok to point out some elements of the job that were not a best fit for you. Naturally this will not go well if those same aspects you just described exist in the job you’re interviewing for. Research and comprehension of the challenges of the role will help your chances here.
If you recognise that these questions are probably going to be asked in your next interview, ask a fried to do a mock interview with you. If they analyze your answers they might identify areas you can improve on.
When your in the interview always try to frame your questions with the employers perspective in the back of your mind. Ask yourself, how can I solve the problem?
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