It highlighted a few points which I’ve been reiterating over the last few months.
PREPARE – INVESTIGATE – RESEARCH
Prepare questions to ask the panel – they do not want to listen to questions about holiday entitlement, leave honouring or sick pay benefits. Strategic questions relating to their organisation, the role you have applied for and your challenges are likely to be more impressive.
- What would you expect me to achieve in my first 90 days?
Investigate and ensure your facts up to date. If you don’t know the answer to the question, be honest. No hesitation and definitely no white lies. The panel want to hear clear, confident responses. And an honest answer of ‘I don’t know the answer’ followed by your question back to the panel to engage in a conversation and to keep the flow going is far more effective than a pregnant pause and a indecisive mumble of a made up answer.
- Asked about annual turnover figures, to which you don’t know the answer how about: “I’m sorry I don’t know the answer to that. What increase in turnover was there last year? Was it related to market forces?”
Research – using Wikipedia as a reference point is not necessarily valid. Far better to talk to real people, read company literature or refer to their website.
- Focus on statistics, turnover, percentages, sales figures, market share
Don’t sabotage yourself at the interview.
Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed.
Give me some feedback, what other preparations have you found useful?
- Daisy Group Plc CEO Berates Government Over Support For SMEs And Entrepreneurs (prweb.com)
- How prepration for interview (wiki.answers.com)
- VIDEO: Tough interviews: Are you up to the job ? (bbc.co.uk)