The main reason for an interview is for employers to get to know who you are and what you can offer their business. When they start asking questions, they tend to focus them around your core competencies, your expectations (as well as theirs) and your personality.
Here we take a look at these three elements to give you that all-important edge in your next interview.
1. Your competencies
Every employer you meet wants to know about your expertise – it’s natural. So they will most likely ask you competency based questions in your interview. Since your skills and work experience are the first things on your CV that potential employers look at, your chances of success will typically depends on your ability to answer questions surrounding them, providing in-detail, real life examples. Don’t forget to mention transferrable skills that you may have picked up outside of work, as these could give you the edge over your competition.
2. Your goals
What are your short and long-term goals for your career? Employers tend to ask these questions as they want to find out if you’re a self-motivated and competent individual. So you will need to have an answer prepared.
They also want to find out what type of worker you are, how far you are willing to go and if you are proud of what you have accomplished so far. Having professional goals can also let potential employers know you have a positive attitude to work and a passion and determination to succeed.
3. Who you are
Employers are looking to get an insight into who you are from your CV and interview. Because it’s hard to really get to know you in just one or two meetings, employers will ask questions that will enable them to assess your personality traits, characteristics and what you can bring to the role. They ask these questions because they want to find out if you’re the type of person that will fit in with the company culture, the team you will be working with and if you’re more likely to follow company rules.