Preparing for an interview can be a daunting task. Taking stock of your entire career and what is needed for a new role can be a large endeavour, so it’s important to have some sort of plan to tackle it.
If you’ve been called for an interview, you should have the full job description for the role. This document is very important as not only does it outline most of what your new job will be, it can also serve as an indicator for some of the questions you may be asked. Read through it carefully, think through your experience and see if you can match your skills and abilities to what is required. A great way to do this is to prepare examples of times in your working life that you have demonstrated certain skills and competencies (further detail later). It is impossible to prepare for every single question that could be asked, so prepare for the obvious and be confident in the fact that you will have covered quite a bit.
This company is an excellent company to work for and I imagine the interview will be tough, so I would suggest that you thoroughly prepare for the interview. Below are some guidelines to help you prepare.
1. Be able to explain your previous roles clearly and concisely, outlining daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities while also highlighting the parts of the role that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
2. Think of the context of your previous roles i.e. why you joined the particular company? Why you left each position.
For example: Interviewer - Why did you leave your last position?
Here you are highlighting challenges that they may be facing so it’s important to stay away from anything that could leave you exposed.
Whilst this is quite general, it is important that you try and put a positive spin on your answers. For example: It was a contract role – I enjoyed my time there and they did want to keep me but unfortunately they weren’t able to make me permanent.
3. Prepare for questions that are less task focused:
For example: Interviewer - Where do you see yourself in 2 years’ time?
An answer like this shows that you are realistic, hardworking but still want to progress in due course.
The questions for the above may be structured in a competency or behavioural based manner. The STAR Method is a great way for preparing and answering these kind of questions.
∙ Situation/Task: Think of a situation or a task where you demonstrated the skill/competency in question (this sets the scene of the example).
∙ Actions: Identify what action you took
∙ Results: Outline the results of your actions; what positive impact was had due to your action
Don’t try to memorize your examples word for word. It will not sound natural to the interviewers’ ear.
About the Company
1. Research the company - memorise some important facts about their business.
2. Think of some genuine reasons why you want to work for them
3. Make it clear that you are interested in the role be sure that you can explain why.
For example: I am looking to work for a multinational in an SSC environment. The company have a good reputation and I was very excited when Tarik called me about the role. It’s a good fit for my experience and what I was looking for.
Questions You Can Ask
Don’t forget that interviews are a two way process. They are as much of opportunity for you to learn about the company and judge whether or not you want to work them as much as it is a way for them to assess you. Asking questions can also help you to tailor your achievements to exactly what they need. Below are examples of questions you could ask:
1. Why has this position become available?
2. What are the 3 most important things that need to be achieved by the person in this role in the coming year?
3. What type of person is successful at your company?
4. How is success in the role measured?
I hope this helps your preparation. Good luck!!!
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