Without doubt candidates who spend the time and make the effort to prepare for job interviews perform better on the day.
A key component of your preparation is identifying and answering questions that might come up.
So you might be thinking that makes sense.
Yet I have come across situations where people ask me if I have pre-prepared answers for questions. The answer is always the same- no.
Why? Well if you think about it you are unique. You have specific experience, skills, attributes and knowledge.
By talking about your own real life experiences you demonstrate to a potential employer that you have done it for real.
You are no longer talking from a position of a theoretical understanding but from a position of real insight.
Yes it might be easy to get stock answers to questions.
Trouble is a good interviewer will spot this, probe a bit deeper and you could well end up being hugely exposed.
The best way to convince someone that you are the best candidate is with evidence, examples and stories.
Start collecting your achievements. Start writing out how you managed to achieve the result you wanted. Start identifying the skills, knowledge and attributes you used.
You might be surprised just how big a difference this makes to your job interview success.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants achieve more career success. Learn more here
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.