Excelling at job interviews – and reading through the small print!

Job interviews techniques

This blog will give some hilarious but must-avoid answers at job interviews, and importantly find out what you have to say to secure that job!

“How many young, single women work here?”

Incredibly this question was heard not over a pint at your local but during a job interview! It’s easy to have a bad-job interview day – the traffic was bad and you turn up late, your handshake is sweatier than a sweaty thing on a hot day, and to beat it all you can’t string a single sentence together. However, if you prepare properly you stand a good chance of selling yourself effectively during a job interview. If you don’t, no-one else is going to do it for you!

They reckon it takes on average only 60 seconds to make the first impression and selectors often make up their minds about a candidate’s personality within just the first four minutes of a job interview. So if you want to avoid some of the following genuine job interview statements and come up trumps at your next job interview, it’s essential to know the small print attached to a job interview!

What NOT to say at a job interview!

Q. Do you have any questions?  A.“What is your company’s policy on Monday absences?”
Q. Why are you leaving your current job?  A. Because I (expletive) my pants every time I enter the building.”
Q. What are your weaknesses?  A.“I get angry easily and I went to jail for GBH, but I won’t get mad at you.”

Basically, any interviewer wants to establish three key things:

1.    Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?

You need to demonstrate you have the awareness of what is needed in the role. Make sure you know how you fit the essential list of skills laid out in the job description. Once you’ve prepared you will be able to give some killer answers to these sorts of questions:

Q. Tell me about yourself? Q. What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
Q. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? Q. Why do you think you are right for this job?  Q. What do you think the main challenges of the job will be?

2.    Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?

You want to demonstrate that you have thoroughly researched the company, understand its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products and that you can’t wait to join them. Make sure you’re able to answer some of the following:

Q. What do you know about our company? Q. What do you think our company is aiming to achieve? Q. What do you know about our products and services? Q. Why do you want to work for this company? Q. Why do you think this job is right for you? Q. What motivates you?

3.    Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

This final key question is about your personality, your style and how you as a person would fit into the team and culture of the company. By mapping company culture to your own traits, you can use it to answer questions such as:

Q. How would you describe your work style? Q. How would you describe yourself? Q. How would your colleagues describe you? Q. What makes youthink you would fit into our company? What makes you a good team member?

So good luck with your job interview preparation and make sure you don’t come out with: “The only work I’ve done the last two years is interviews. I’m very good at it.” !