3 Things You Can’t (and 3 Things You Can Control) When It Comes To Job Interviews

Job interviews or a series of job interviews are part and parcel of landing your next job.

Many find the whole process challenging and in some cases daunting.

Some things you can’t control and some things you can’t when it comes to job interviews.

Here are 3 to bear in mind.

You Can’t Control Whether You Get Invited For Interview

Most jobs have a high number of applicants.  How these applications are scrutinised can vary considerably and it might not even be done by a person but by technology.

But you can control how effectively you market yourself and specifically what you include in your CV and covering letter or email.  Sometimes all that is required is to look closely at the requirements and make sure you clearly demonstrate why you are an ideal fit for the role.

You Can’t Control What Questions You Are Asked

Some big employers might well have a set of questions that they ask every candidate.  Others will be more targeted and focus on your CV and experience.

But you can control how well you are prepared for the job interview.  A good close look at the job description and person specification will provide you with a whole host of clues on the different types of questions you might be asked.  If you make the time to identify and write out answers you will be more likely to be able to handle whatever comes up.

You Can’t Control How Others Perform

So it’s pointless trying to or even worrying about others who may be looking to land the job.

But you can control how you perform, how you manage your nerves and how you demonstrate what you would bring to the organisation and team if you got the job and confidently speak about why you are the ideal candidate.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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