Interviewing is one of the most important parts of job searching, and it is clear there are several common questions it is important to answer correctly. In our experience, as both a labour hire and recruitment agency we find how our candidates answer these common questions can determine if they receive the position.
With a focus on the company the most important questions you will be asked are:
Give an example of when …
This is a competency based question, and interviewers use it to determine how you have used particular skills they are looking for. The best examples are ones that are not on your resume and that incorporate the tasks you completed, the actions you took and the results of your actions.
What could you bring to this role?
Another important question, it is common in most serious job interviews. The trick is to summarise without waffling and ensuring you list the most important skills. Some tips include attributes like:
- A team player
- The ability to work under pressure
- Strong communication skills
- Passion for the relevant industry and in-depth local knowledge
What will you have contributed to the company in a year?
This is one of the most important questions an interviewer will ask you. if you receive this question be prepared to give an in-depth and thoughtful answer. It is also the opportunity to dream big and think creatively keeping the goals of the company in mind.
Don’t forget, non-verbal communication counts.
Experts say that non-verbal communication plays a bigger part of the interview than most interviewees and interviewers realise. They make judgments based on subtle cues and body language which can all say a great deal about you. So for the best interview, it is wise to pay attention to the unconscious cues your body is telling the interviewer.
In any interview, you want to come across as authentic and confident, so stay aware of your physical presentation throughout the interview. From start to finish, focus on being natural and relaxed. This will also help you with any confidence issues, as the common saying goes ‘fake it, till you make it.’
With all the talk about body language and answering questions, it’s also important to focus on how you are speaking. Be sure to offer genuine answers while maintaining an even tone and volume throughout the interview.
If you are a job seeker contact us at First Personnel, we can help you identify the best career opportunities within your industry. Find your ideal match today with the help of our experienced consultants. They can help you assess your skills and determine the right career pathway with just a few detailed interviews.