This article contains some incredibly simple job interview tips. Well, they SOUND simple, at least. But most people aren't aware that there are 3 factors underpinning any job interview that determine your success, and ultimately, your job offers.
Interviewers often make a decision about whether to hire you in the first 10-15 seconds of a job interview. While you can change their mind (for better, or worse), that can be hard work. It is far easier to knock their socks off immediately and get the job interview off to a good start.
Congratulations! You got a phone interview. Now what?
- Are in a quiet place with next to no chance of interruptions,
- Have the list of job ads that you’ve applied for printed out and ready to refer to, AND
- Are completely prepared for a phone interview
DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE!
Why are you leaving your current role?
People underestimate this question WAY too often. The truth is, it is one of the first pass/fail interview questions that you will be asked, and can carry more weight than almost any other you will be asked. A bad answer to this trick interview question can overpower an otherwise perfect interview performance.
I love the “Tell me about yourself” interview question. You are almost guaranteed to be asked it, usually at the beginning of a phone interview or face to face interview. Seemingly innocent, it often trips up a lot of candidates, who are unprepared for an open, non-specific question. It’s also a question that is disguised as a way to observe you and how you communicate. So how much information should you give? What does a recruiter want? Why have they asked it?