Every candidate would want to walk into a job interview prepared and able to nail every question to leave a good impression and land the dream job. Most interviewees would focus their answers around showing how professional, skilled and informed they are. But what do recruiters really want to hear during an interview?
While no interviewer will go out and ask direct questions, such as “can you do the job?” or “will you bring value to the company?”, a series of questions will be aimed at getting simple straightforward answers that help recruiters build their opinion on the candidate.
Show you can Do the Job
Questions like “Tell me about yourself” in reality should translate into “Why should I hire you?” Therefore rather than replying with vague generalities on your background and hobbies, recruiters would want to hear about your work experience and qualifications that fit in with the requirements of the job being applied for.
Have a Positive Attitude
Most people find questions like “What is your greatest weakness?” to be quite tricky. How can you reveal your weakness without losing points with the recruiter? Questions like these are asked to give the opportunity to candidates to show that they are upbeat and have a proactive spirit. Therefore, by honestly recounting past mistakes you will have the opportunity to demonstrate how you deal with certain issues and recount essential lessons that you learnt along the way. A rule of thumb is to never say anything negative about your present or past employers. When asked about past work experience give a brief positive response and politely change the subject.
Research the Company
Showing that you did some research on the company you’re applying to is an excellent way to demonstrate dedication, interest and ability to work independently. Moreover, it will enable you to answer questions like “Why do you want to work for us?” Memorising a few facts and figures like the nature of the products or services and recent contributions to the industry made by the company is ideal. When interviewers gives you the opportunity to ask questions you should not fall in the trap of asking information on the company that is easily obtained from their website.
Show you can be an Asset to the Company
Do not focus your answers with the sole intent of making yourself look good and competent. Instead, phrase your response to reflect a company-first mentality by describing how your skills could be applied to the position and how they will make the company more productive and profitable. Additionally show commitment to the organisation. Questions like “Where do you see yourself in five year time?” translate into “Are you planning to grow within our company or will you move to a greener pasture if you come across a better opportunity?” Companies invest a lot to find the right candidate and to give the necessary training to the new employee. Therefore you need to transmit a sense of security and loyalty towards the recruiting company.
Giving direct answers being posed by the interviewer is imperative but knowing how to answer unspoken questions will allow you to say what recruiters want to hear. Keeping in mind the above four key themes can guide you in gaining insight and techniques required to shine throughout the interview.
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