I’ve got a guest blog on JobMob that looks at tricky interview questions – click to read it.
Why are you interviewed? What is the interview process all about?
Basically the purpose of a job interview is to find out whether or not you [the candidate] have the qualities, experience and knowledge to carry out the job you have applied for.
It gives the potential employer sometime to discover whether or not you will [a] fit in and [b] are suitable for the job.
What you must not forget is that it is a TWO WAY process. And yes, this is YOUR opportunity too.
The Interviewer wants to determine
• Can the candidate do the job?
• Will the candidate fit in?
• Is this the best candidate for the position?
The Candidate needs to determine:
• Do I want this job?
• Can I do this job?
• Does this job offer me the opportunities I want for advancement experience?
You may well have gone through a telephone interview before meeting face to face. That’s the first stage.
You will be asked questions that are relevant to the role you are applying for, and you need to be prepared to answer them with ease and fluency; giving substantial examples of when, how and what you can do/did.
The reasons for questions is obvious – the interviewer needs the following evidence:
- Mental ability: your ability to learn and process information
- Personality: how you perform and behave
- Interest, goals, and values: what motivates you and how you would fit in to the company
Job-relevant knowledge Factors:
- Previous Work Experience:
- Prior Education:
- Former Training:
Core Job Elements:
- Declarared knowledge: your learned knowledge
- Procedural skills and abilities: your ability to complete the tasks required to do the job
- Motivation: your willingness to exert the effort required to do the job
Preparation is the key. The interviewer needs to know you can think on your feet, reply without hesitation, give strong substantive answers to possible challenging questions. Whilst they don’t want to compromise you, they interviewers need to put you under pressure to see how you perform. Your answers are important.
I’ve written a guest blog about 10 Tricky Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them which could give you some ideas about the possible pitfalls of questions that might be out of the ordinary. Please CHECK it out .
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