When you are searching for a job, then you are called for an interview, it means that you have the qualifications or skills for that job, and the interviewer would like to meet you and know you better. How to Get a Job In 60 Seconds
You have heard most job seekers complaining that the interview they attended for a certain job was just for formalities, but there is a person who has already been selected for the job, prior to the interview. Some money might have exchanged hands for people to get that job, or the interviewer is going to employ a friend or a relative.
But let us talk about a genuine job interview, where the interviewer has all the intentions of getting the best, without any favors. What is he or she looking for? Then why don’t you get that job?
It all comes down to attitude. Attitude is a set of emotions, believes and behavior towards a person, situation or object. It constitutes physical, mental and emotional characterization of a person, and shapes the persons behaviors.
Employers tend to look at your attitude. The way you present yourself to them through your speech, body language especially facial expressions matter a lot. They would rather employ a person with average skills for the job, who is ready to listen and learn and has a good attitude than one who is more qualified, but is arrogant, know it all and has a bad attitude.
There are these questions that employers like to ask. What can you do for us? What have you achieved in your past jobs? Most job seekers will go right away and answer with I will do ABCD or I have done ABCD respectively. These are easy questions right? But also tricky to answer.
The employer is gauging your attitude together with your ability to work with other people and be a team player. Therefore when you answer with I have or I will, you think you are impressing the employer. However he or she will notice that you are only considering yourself, even though other achievements or what you can do for the company needed or will need team work. Give credit where it’s due and tell the employer how you worked with others to complete the task. You can talk of ideas you peached and were successful when implemented in the organization. Talk of how you are going to work with the team in the office to achieve some of the tasks in the job description.
Another question that employers use to check your attitude is; what have been your failures in your career. Most interviewees brush this question off, and pretend that they don’t have failures. That is a wrong move. I don’t know how many times I have made mistakes in my work and regretted it but learnt from it.
Give a scenario where you failed at your work, but worked hard to rectify the wrong and lessons you learnt from the whole experience. Human is to error and even those employers have failed a lot but risen above their failures. However don’t talk of not beating the deadlines. That shows that you are lazy.
No one can teach you how to answer questions during a job interview, but you must know basic information, mostly about the organization you want to work for and the job description. To be nervous when you are going for the interview or during an interview is alright. It shows that you acknowledge you are human. But you can calm your nerves because you are qualified for the job. You only need the right attitude to get it.