We all understand interview preparation is a must prior to any meeting. Equally, we have all given an answer during an interview which was a million miles away from the original question. As a result, conversations rarely go smoothly from start to finish; just one question can catch us off-guard and turn us into babbling wrecks.
One such question was asked during a “Google” interview when the candidate was asked, “If you could be remembered by one sentence what would it be?”. These type of questions are cropping up more frequently as employers are trying to gain an insight into your thought process’ and gauge how quickly you react to unusual circumstances. There is no “right” or “wrong” answer to these type of questions; it’s more in the way you respond that is crucial.
Below are some Tips to help guide your Interview Preparation:
1. Be honest about your motivations for seeking a new job from the outset and know why you would be an ideal employee for their company. Is it location, money, a new challenge, etc. (remember NEVER be negative towards previous employers). If you are consistent throughout the interview the less likely, you will be to be thrown off course by tough questions and in turn more likely to remain focused and calm.
2. Prepare for the more common interview questions and answers with an honest family member or friend; for example, “Why do you want to work for Talent Select Ltd; what makes you stand out from the next interviewee?”, “Why does your previous experience make you suitable for this role?”. If your CV is totally honest, then you won’t get caught out with your answers.
3. Research the company’s history and products thoroughly; if you’ve done your homework, this will leave a positive impression with the interviewer. A famous and wise motto states “Fail to prepare, prepare to Fail” don’t underestimate it.
4. Rehearse your own questions in advance so you can show enthusiasm and knowledge towards the company. Ask these at the end of an interview e.g. “Can you tell me more about the daily responsibilities of the role”? “Can you tell me more about the culture of the company?”.
5. Throughout the interview answer all questions concisely and clearly. Highlight your best attributes that suit the role and display a positive body language.