Job interviews are unique in some ways. In a relatively short period of time the employer is trying to assess your suitability. You are checking out the employer and your potential manager to see if you could work with them.
It shouldn’t be that difficult, should it?
Here’s the problem. Neither the hiring manager nor the potential candidate do it frequently enough to become really good at. Now that’s not a criticism. It’s just reality.
There is a lot you can do to perform better in the job interview. Yet in reality what you do ahead of the job interview contributes at least 80% of your success is down to what you do ahead of the interview.
The better you prepare the better you perform. Proper preparation prevents pretty poor performance.
So why don’t candidates prepare as well as they could?
They don’t follow any sort of process
They do a bit of checking on the organisation’s website, think of a few questions but it’s all a bit random.
They overstretch themselves
It’s never been easier to apply for jobs. The temptation is to apply for everything that you are a fit for. Trouble is if you get a lot of interviews at the same time, you end up overstretched. You do a mediocre performance in many interviews. You don’t get the offer. Then your confidence dips.
They see it from their own perspective only
Let’s be clear. Hiring someone is a major investment decision, especially an accountant or professional. If you are the person who can’t be bothered to properly prepare, why would any employer hire you?
So here is my advice. If you do nothing else ahead of the job interview, make sure that properly prepare so that you really perform to your potential.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 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.