5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Job Interview

5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Job Interview

Many of us come to job interviews, hat in hand, hoping to please our perspective employer so they will hire us. Increasingly, however job candidates are waking up to the idea that the employer has a need as well and that the job interview should be more about finding compatibility between the two parties than about one coming to beg the other for a job. Confident, talented job seekers know that they are in demand and should not be afraid of asking the employer tough questions along the same lines as they are being asked.  They also know the regular interview process may not provide them with the opportunity to get their true talents and abilities across. In order to ensure you are able to voice your talents and find out whether you really want to work for this organization, you must have a plan and take over the interview. This requires some tact and preparation however, so that you come across as confident and sure of your abilities but not conceited or arrogant. There is a risk that despite how well you do this, you may be seen as a threat to the organization.  In this case you need to ask yourself if you really want to work for an organization that would see your abilities and talents as a threat.

Here are some ideas for taking charge of the interview:

Do Your Research Prior to the Interview

Find out as much as you can about the organization before the interview. Organizations like Glassdoor are great sources of information. See if you can find opportunities to speak to former and current employees. The employer will be impressed that you have taken the time to find out about them and you will feel more confident in the interview. It may also being up areas of concern that you may want to ask the interviewer(s) about.

Anticipate Questions and Look for Opportunities to Bring up Your Questions

Don’t wait until the end of the interview to ask your questions as by then you will have lost charge and your questions may come across as clumsy or threatening. Look for opportunities that you can slip your questions smoothly into the flow of the interview. For example, when asked about why you left a previous job would be a great time to ask about why the previous person in the position being hired for left. Being asked about …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison