Do You Have Any Questions For Us?” Have you been faced with this question and your answer was a quick smile and a “No” because you truly did not have any? Here are a few good questions to ask:
How would you describe the work environment and corporate culture?
Can you walk me through a typical day in this position?
What career path is in this position?
How would my performance be measured?
What concerns or reservations do you have about me for this position?
What have you most enjoyed about working for this company?
Do you offer continued education and professional training?
What is the next step in the process and when can I expect to hear from you?
Have I answered your question correctly?
DEALING WITH NERVES
Indulge us for a minute and imagine walking out of an interview smiling from ear to ear because you know you aced that interview and all you have to do now is await that call “When can you start?” The first step to that feeling is to control your nerves before the interview. The following is how:
- PREPARATION: Research on the job you are applying for and the company. Know what questions to ask (refer to section on questions to ask in an interview)
- PLAN: Pick out your outfit for the interview before-hand and have clean, pressed and ready to wear. Map out the route you will take to the interview location and leave room for transport delays.
- SHOW UP FRESH:The night before your interview, have a relaxed, quiet evening. Stay away from alcohol for it hinders a good night's sleep.
- KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS: Be aware of them and how they fit into the role you are applying for.
- BREAKFAST:Unless your interview is over breakfast then have a good breakfast. Do not pick food that have strong after smells or alternatively carry breath mints.
- BE POSITIVE: Have a smile on your face, it increases endorphins that instantly make you feel happy; also imagine the best case scenario.
- TAKE DEEP BREATHS: Rest your stomach and breathe in through your nose for a count of four- then breathe out through your nose for a count of five. You should feel calmer.
Derek Bbanga giving a talk to young ladies and gentlemen on ‘Personal Branding for Success’
HANDLING THE JOB INTERVIEW
Author of ‘Thinking on Your Feet’, Marian K. Woodall argues in her book that there are two ways to control an interview:
1. Have at hand the information you need to communicate to your potential employer the picture you want them to have of you.
2. Use each question to include a portion of that information.
Ultimately you want to know what the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate and match your qualifications and experiences to that and find a way to share it as much as possible during the interview.
Marian gives a great way to do this in the form of two columns; in one column list down the skills, experiences, preferences, academic qualifications, etc that the employer is looking for and in the second column list your qualifications and experiences that match those requirements.
One problem most job seekers face especially fresh graduates or young individuals, is the experience that employers often seek in their ideal candidates. An alternative is to think of projects, volunteer work, and other things you’ve done that demonstrate the same kind of skills and training.
Review your match ups several times before the interview and have the information on your fingertips. This also provides a fantastic answer to the question: “Why should we pick you for this position?”
In line with questions, some employers ask questions that some interviewees might consider difficult. Here are a few ways to deal with those:
- Ask for Clarification: There is nothing worse than answering a question that you thought you heard rather than the one actually asked. Request clarification if you did not understand the query.
- Ask for definition: Request for their understanding of a certain word rather than assuming what the interviewer means.
Ask for the interviewer to repeat the question