During the interview:
In part one of this series, we examined some useful, I hope, tips to effectively prepare for a job interview. Now, let’s focus on what to expect during the interview itself and how to deal with those tricky questions….
Yes, probably the prospective employer will ask some tricky questions. For example, they will certainly ask what your biggest defect is. Don’t say “I’m often late for meetings” or “I just can’t seem to get on with my colleagues.” Do all you can to turn a weakness into a strength for the employer. For example, don’t say “I’m very demanding with others and consequently they avoid working with me.” Rather say “I’m rather demanding with myself and thrive on diversity.”
Moreover, they will probably ask you to define yourself with three, maximum four adjectives. Again, don’t be generic. Be specific. Think carefully and try to come up with specific adjectives that clearly identify you. Your prospective employer must, to some extent, see you reflected in those adjectives.
And lastly, they will ask why they should hire you. Tell them you have the right skills and competencies to make a difference in the company. Be careful, though. Don’t sound overconfident. Simply let them know that you have ideas you would like to share with them. Ideas you believe can be developed by the company.
To sum up then. Think of your biggest defect and turn it into an opportunity. Define yourself using specific adjectives and give them a good reason to take you on board.
After the interview, thank the interviewer and leave as soon as possible.
What should I do now? We’ll consider this question in part three of this series.