Practically everyone hates interviews, but there’s no getting away from them. For almost every step in our careers, we need to go through the gruelling process of the job interview. Yet, there are ways you can make the process slightly less difficult.
By being adequately prepared, you can improve your confidence and performance, improve your chances of getting the job, and even have a reasonably pleasant time during the interview itself.
Preparation is everything. If you wouldn’t expect to do well in a race unless you’d put in some work beforehand, you can’t expect to be a clear winner in the contest for a job without preparation.
No matter how skilled or experienced you are, if you are up against someone with equal qualifications, the person who has put in the groundwork before the interview is more likely to gain the position.
So, what is meant by preparation?
It doesn’t mean becoming anxious by focusing on possible pitfalls that lie ahead. Instead, it means going through very specific steps to improve your chances. You can even go so far as to create a strategy to help you prepare.
Your strategy can include self-evaluation, improving your CV / resume before making an application, researching the employer, considering possible questions and working on your self-presentation once you have the interview secured.
The Employer’s Concerns
Think about the five concerns that direct the employer during the recruitment process:
Can the candidate do the job?
Is the candidate willing to do the job?
Will the candidate fit into the organisation?
Will we be able to manage this candidate?
Can we afford to pay this candidate?
Of these, your CV, cover letter and interview performance can directly address and provide evidence for the first and third points.
Answers to the all important second and fourth points, however, while influenced by your application, come largely down to the interview itself and the employer’s opinion of your character.
By establishing a rapport or positive bond with the interviewer, you are directly affecting their answer to points (2) and (4).
If the interviewer likes you, it is very hard for a candidate with better qualifications, who they do not like, to be offered the position ahead of you.
That is why FLEXI PERSONNEL is offering interview preparation sessions for interested candidates. We know how much your next position or your next job means to you, and we want to make it possible for you to pass that crucial interview.