The job interview: what to expect and how to prepare

Morgan McKinley February 28, 2014 2 mins read

Many job seekers have had this kind of experience: You have used your exquisitely crafted CV to apply for a position you like, hoping that you will receive a request for a job interview.

However, when you are finally given that opportunity, though feeling thrilled at first, you soon begin to worry about how to prepare and succeed at this stage.

In terms of preparation, it is very important for you build up a solid foundation of knowledge on your future company or employee and the position you have applied for. However, the real problem is that during an interview, you might not be directly asked about your understanding of the company and the position. Usually, your interviewers will deliberately confuse your well-prepared mind and ask you, for example, 100 questions, all starting with “Why did you…”Those seemingly unrelated questions and your answers to them will serve as crucial facts for interviewers to assess your logical thinking, your ability to communicate and how you manage to “think on your feet” when answering. That’s why it is of great importance to know the real purpose of an interview – to get as much information as they can about you in the shortest time possible. Whatever the interview question you will encounter, they can be summed up by the following:

1. Why do you want this job?

2. What can you contribute to this company?

3. What kind of person are you?

4. What distinguishes you from other candidates?

5. Any questions?

Accordingly, as candidates, you should ask yourself these questions:

1. What are the job responsibilities of this position?

2. What qualities of mine suit the requirements of this position?

3. What is the company culture and how can I deal with my potential co-workers?

4. How can I convince my interviewers that I am the best candidate for this position?

5. What are my professional development prospects in this company? Or what position of higher responsibilities can I be promoted to in the future?

In the book market, there are many so-called “Job Seeking Bibles”, providing candidates with “correct answers” which are too general and standardised to help them get their ideal job. What you really should do is to ask for advice from a professional recruiting consultant.

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