As a Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant my techniques come from my experience so they may or may not be relevant outside of my industry…but I think they will still resonate with you.
Here is the first thing you need to remember about an interview, you’re being asked to talk about a subject you’re an expert on, you! So relax, this is one topic you know more about than anyone else in world.
So what makes me an expert at interviews? Do I have lots of HR training or conducted hundreds of interviews or attended hundreds of interviews? The answer to these is no! However I have always received very positive feedback on each interview I’ve attended and I realised that maybe I could help one person to ace their interview.
So let me start by saying that you don’t have to be super confident or the best in your field to ace an interview and get the job, you have to be prepared. That’s it, it’s that easy…so let me explain.
Back to the topic of you, the interviewer wants to know not just why you’re suitable for the role but that you’d be a good fit in the department/area in which you’ll be working. Go through your CV/resume and ensure that you know every inch of it, if you have a couple of weeks gap between employment be sure to have the reason why e.g. I decided to have 2 weeks off between roles so I could relax and have a holiday.
Trust me no one is thinking you’re lazy or ‘is that it’! Between finishing one job and starting another is a perfect time to take a holiday as I like to think you ‘decompress’ from the old role, putting their procedures etc. behind you and then you can start fresh and relaxed. I always tried to have at least 1 week off when I moved jobs…you don’t leave a company because it was fantastic to work for and you had the best boss ever, you leave because you weren’t happy. That week lets you put that job behind you and allows you to focus on the future and a more positive job/company.
So what exactly should you prepare? I can’t tell you what questions you are going get but there are a few that always come up.
In both of these answers you’re clearly stating that there was a fault but you tried to address the fault and couldn’t.
Never lie about the reason, please don’t do that, but really think about your answer and make it as positive as you can.
By having some notes it shows you have thought about this interview and are prepared. It will also help calm your nerves as you have the details with you and you don’t need to panic about trying to remember answers to what is an infinite number of questions you could be asked. You can also write down questions you want to ask about the job and the company, again this shows preparation and organisation.
The last question is one of my favourites and I normally keep this to last. You are asking if they have any doubts about you being able to complete any aspect of the job. This gives you the opportunity to address this doubt so that when you leave the interview, you will have alleviated any questions they may have about you.
So there you have some hints and tips on how to ace an interview. Hopefully this will resonate with one (or many) of you and help you get that job. This isn’t an exhaustive list so if there is anything I’ve missed that you’d like my opinion on please do get in touch and I’ll try my best to help.