Interview like a Pro
Your CV sealed the deal, progressing you to the next stage of the recruitment process. It’s time to impress the interviewer and get yourself one step closer to getting hired. An interview can be a daunting prospect but wipe away the nerves and instead brush up on your interview technique.
This week’s post is going to get you interview ready so you’re interviewing like a pro.
The STAR Approach
If you’re looking to excel in your interview answers, the STAR approach is the way to go. STAR standards for situation, task, action and result. So how does this help you impress a recruiter in an interview? It’s all about breaking down your responses and providing detailed examples, tailoring your answers to showcase your suitability for the sector you’re pursuing.
Situation – Start by giving an overview of the occasion you’re describing.
Task – Go further to explain what your specific duties or responsibilities where in this example.
Action – Consider what action you took to aid the successful outcome of the situation.
Result – Finally, discuss the outcome and the results you achieved.
Preparing a few examples prior to the interview, will make it easier for you to draw on occasions when asked those tricky questions by the interviewer.
When it comes to an interview, you should never assume, because when you assume … well we all know the rest. You may have submitted an in depth resume but that doesn’t mean the recruiter knows everything they need to know about you. Avoid the vague, short answers and instead be specific in your responses.
Don’t leave questions unanswered, sell yourself. Make it obvious why they should be selecting you, by making your interview answers custom fit to the role you’re applying for.
Take a Moment
You only have one chance to impress, so make it strong. There is no problem, with pausing for a few seconds to ensure you are picking the best example. Nerves are a natural part of any interview, so take a few breaths and get prepared before each answer.
Remember that interviews aren’t all about the answers you provide but the connection you form. Take time to build a rapport with the interviewer and make sure to show your personality.
The Common Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself?
Simply put, sell yourself! Give a summary of your previous work experience, educational background and your marketable skills. Highlighting to the interviewer why you’re the perfect candidate for the role. Start the interview with a bang.
What are your strengths? / What areas are you looking to develop?
When it comes to your strengths, you want to be demonstrating the core skills required for the roles you’re applying to. Whilst they may have one question dedicated to your strengths, you want to be feeding them in throughout your interview. Use examples and qualify these with relevant facts and figures.
The best way to answer that difficult development question is to avoid the clichés. No more “I am a perfectionist” and be honest. Consider reviewing occasions where you have been accountable for your own performance.
Why did you apply for this role?
Firstly, be enthusiastic and display your passion. Avoid phrases such as “it is close to home” or “the salary is pretty good” and give substance instead.
We all need a job to pay the bills but discuss your career development, using your company research to pinpoint the key reasons why you applied for the position.
Why should we hire you?
Demonstrate why the interviewer should employ you, portraying why you meet the job specification. This is usually a closing question, so summarise your interview so far. Presenting your key attributes and most applicable experiences.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years’ time?
This is where an interviewer is assessing your commitment and looking to evaluate your self-motivation. Many candidates seem to think the only answer to this question is to say you want to progress to a higher level position. But development is much more than just getting promotions.
Development is all about your personal growth so your answer shouldn’t just be a generic cut out. Everyone’s personal development is completely unique.