We like to think about interviewing for jobs like we think about dating. It's not all about the other party wanting you, you need to want them and like them too! Basically, you're interviewing the person and company just as much! If you are in the process of interviewing here are a few steps to keep you ahead of the game.
  • Research, research research!
Make sure you know stuff about the company you are interviewing for. You want to know as much about them as possible. Go to their website, go on LinkedIn and if at all possible speak to people from the company. Find out what the company values are, know their competitors and understand their products as best as you can. Think of it like doing a full Instagram or Facebook stalk of a guy you met on Bumble...don't pretend you haven't done it!
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The best recruiters out there will ask you situational and behavioural based questions. Make sure you have plenty of examples up your sleeve where you've improved something, worked through a tough conversation or helped someone. For example questions could be:
  • Have you ever had a situation where you had a very upset customer and how did you deal with it?
  • What's the biggest lesson you have learned in business and why?
  • Have you ever had a situation where you have had to change direction or strategy and how did you deal with it?
  • Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or colleague, what was the situation and how did you solve it?
When getting to know someone the quickest way to weed out the weirdos is finding out about some of their past experiences and how they dealt with them.
Have questions ready that you want to know about the company and the person in front of you. Good questions show that you are interested and that you too are interviewing them because you want to find the perfect match. Some great questions to as are:
  • What is your management style?
  • What kind of culture exists here?
  • What do you like about working in this business and why?
  • What are the traits of your best performers and how do you nurture them?
  • How do you deal with an underperforming staff member?
Don't ever ask about salary in a first interview it's like asking someone to marry you on the first date. You want to reel them in slowly before you trap them (just kidding!) Although, make sure you have an idea around what your salary expectations are just in case they ask you. You can also get around answering that question by saying; "Can I get back to you on that one?'
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    Remember it's okay to be nervous, nerves can create energy and they mean you care and you are alive! If you don't get the job that's okay, you can ask for feedback. Feedback is a gift it can help you do better next time around. You can also withdraw your application if you don't feel like this role or company is your perfect match! Remember there are plenty more fish in the sea ;)

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