Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Ways Your Job Interview Could Go Horribly Wrong - Part 2

9. Failing to ask any questions 

You’ve got to the end of the interview and the interviewer will typically ask you, “Do you have any questions for me”. By answering no, you will look disinterested and unenthusiastic about the position you have applied for, and you will have blown all the good work from the previous 55 minutes.

I mentioned in part 1 about ensuring you have done your research for the interview and from this research you should be able to put together 2-3 questions ready for this very situation.

So, what do you really want to know? Avoid just chucking in a few token questions about holidays, perks or job progression.

I always find that this is a great time to ask if the interviewer has any doubts about my fit within the organisation or if they feel there are gaps on my CV that haven’t been addressed.

You could ask, “I’m very interested in this role and I think I’d be successful here, do you feel that I would be a good fit?” Or you could ask them, “What do you particularly enjoy about working here?” This will demonstrate enthusiasm and gives the interviewer the opportunity to sell the company to you.

Other great questions include, “If I was to be successful, what is likely to happen in my first week?” Or, “is support available for people who want to gain extra skills?”

10. Failing to follow up after the interview is over 

We have all probably done it in the past. You finish your interview and then you wait for the phone to ring to see whether you were successful.

But if you actually followed up the interview with a short email thanking the interviewer for their time, you will put yourself ahead of the 90% of people who don’t bother to do so.

Keep the email short, thanking them for their time and reiterate how impressed you were with their business giving a short synopsis on why you believe you would be the perfect fit for their organisation.

Finish the email by informing them that if they have any questions that shouldn’t hesitate to contact you. 

Remember, every opportunity you have to set yourself apart from the other applicants in the process is worth taking. With all that time you have spent on your CV and interview preparation, what’s another couple of minutes firing off a thank you email?

And if all else fails and you have waited weeks for an answer, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone to determine what the deadline is for an answer on the role.

I hope you found a few of these tips useful. Remember that you have done extremely well getting an interview in the first place, and if you follow this guide, you should be able to set yourself apart from the other candidates in the process.

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