Sometimes I help clients as they prepare to interview for a new job. We often spend time rehearsing answers to questions they are likely to be asked. It is amazing how little time even the most qualified people spend on running through their answers to likely questions. I thought I would just share a few which, if you give them the thought and attention they are due, will help you feel better prepared.
Try to tailor the answer to each interview – a job where organisational skills are key are not likely to want to hear that staying on top of things is one of your key weaknesses. Likewise, while it is good to show ambition – saying you want your interviewer’s job in a year is not the best way forward.
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our organisation?
- What do you dislike about your current job?
- Where would you like to be in 2-5 years?
- What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
- What has been your biggest challenge or achievement?
- Why did you leave your last job?
Preparation is key, with all the information that is available on line there really is no excuse for not knowing enough about an organisation and it’s people. I once was able to find out which charities a company CEO regularly gave to through on line research alone – talk about background information! A shared interest was found ( by me, of course!) and I got the job. My qualificatons were never an issue, but I am sure that the extra little bit I knew certainly didn’t go astray in his thought processes!