I’ll admit it. I was surfing the web tonight to find topics for this newsletter. I ended up on a large job search site and was amazed that the best they could offer in terms of interview advice was a flash video of typical interview questions. I clicked through probably 20 questions and felt the desperation that others must feel when faced with trying to prepare for what they consider to be the unknown.
Don’t get me wrong, they could ask you questions like “What kind of car do you drive?” or “What is your greatest fear?” or “What do you like to do for fun?”, but I would hope that I was confident enough in the interview to give an honest answer, rather than spend the night before the interview trying to craft the “perfect” answer.
Interviews are all about presenting your true, honest, real self to the employer. You need to be relaxed enough, and confident enough to do that well. You also need to be aware of what you are actually telling them when you relate your experience.
Are you clearly describing what you did in each role, and not what the team or your boss did?
Are you giving them enough information to get a feel for how you go about making decisions on the job?
Are your anecdotes of your experiences to the point, or do you ramble a bit?
That’s it. Give yourself an in-depth refresher course on your past jobs, craft your sound bites and head into the interview.
Or…….You can check out those job interview sites-hey-they just might ask you “What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?”