Go Into Every Job Interview With These Five Points At The Forefront Of Your Mind

You have made it through the shortlisting stage.

The all important email or phone call comes inviting you to interview.

Now the odds of you getting the job have shortened significantly.

However, there’s still plenty to do to convert the job interview into a job offer.

For that reason it’s important to keep the following at the forefront of your mind as you go into every job interview.

#1 The Best Candidate Doesn’t Always Get The Job

Let me explain.  Whenever you review job applications, you have in your own mind who seems like the ideal person.

Often what happens is that the person who has the brilliant application, doesn’t do so well when it comes to the interview.

Even though they have great experience, skills and knowledge.

Usually this is because they don’t sell themselves effectively in the job interview.

#2 The Quality of Interviewing Varies Considerably

Just as you don’t interview as a candidate that often, those that are conducting the interviews may not do it that often.

As a result some will be better than others.

What this means for you as the candidate is that you need to be ready to adapt in the job interview, to fit the style of the interviewer.

#3 The View Of You As A Candidate Is Often Formed Much Quicker Than You Think

I know it shouldn’t be that way.  However, interviewers, do often make their mind up on candidates fairly early on and look for supporting evidence to back up their initial thoughts.

For that reason, a really strong opening few minutes is really important.

#4 Some Award Points For Each Question They Ask

This is common in bigger organisations, especially those in the public sector.

Typically there will be zero, one or two points available.

Those who get maximum points tend to be able to give examples.

So you need to have these to hand ahead of any job interview.

#5 You Can Only Influence What You Do

As a result don’t put time and energy into worrying about others.

Focus on what you can influence and showcasing what you have to offer.

In truth, job interviews are much harder than they seem.  What’s important is that you go into every job interview, understanding the realities.

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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