No matter how relaxed the interview might be it is not simply a conversation or a chat.
It is an opportunity to sell yourself and convince the interviewer that you are the best person for the job.
So think of an interview as a sales pitch, You must understand your product- yourself before you carry on with the rest of the book, take a notepad and jod down some thoughts to the following questions:
-What are the three biggest achievements of your career?
-What are your most proud of outside your work?
-What are your goals in your career? What would you like to get out of your next move?
-Why should an employer want you to work for them?
Do take the time even if its only 20 minutes - to think about the questions. Time spent now will make it easier for you to respond competently to the many questions that interviewers might throw at you later.
You have probably already heard that employers are always looking for particular from time to skills. So just take a few minutes rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1= terrible 5= average and =exceptional) on the following key skills.
- Communication – how well can you get the message across to other people either by writing reports and the documents talking informally with them or perhaps giving formal presentation?
- Cooperation – Can you get on with other people? Can you work as part of a team? How well do you handle conflict and disagreement with other people?
- Persuasion – How good are you at influencing other people and getting them to change their minds? Can you convince and win people over to do what you want them to do?
- Problem solving- How good are you at analysing situations, weighting up the pros and cons and choosing a course of action to make things better?
- Self motivation – How driven are you? Compared with other people, would you say that you are dedicated about your work? Are you enthusiastic and energetic? And can other people rely on you to get the job done?
- Effectiveness – How successful have you been in making a difference to your company? Can you think of examples when you have saved the company money, reduced the time it takes to do something, or improved efficiency?
- Business awareness – How much do you know about your industry? Do you know who the main companies in your sector are? Do you know what the differences between the competitors in the sectors are?
Now keep the answers to these questions in mind as you read through the example questions and model answers later.