A Good Job Interview
It is important for a job applicant to remember that the primary goal of an applicant is to impress his or her potential employer. However, it is even more important for an applicant to remember that the primary goal of an interviewer is to find a single employee from a pool of candidates. This is important because each interviewer is actually attempting to identify characteristics that an employer can use to distinguish the applicants from each other. As a result, a job applicant must not only impress a potential employer in order to have a good job interview, but must also "sell" the idea that he or she is the best candidate for the job.
In most cases, the best way to do this is to focus on the abilities, education, experience, and skills that set you apart as someone that would be an asset to the interviewer's organization. The interviewer is attempting to determine whether you can perform the tasks related to a particular position or not and you have to prove that you can perform these tasks better than anyone else. This means that you have to look at your previous colleges, courses, seminars, and jobs to identify anything that you may have learned or done that could help you perform the position that you are attempting to obtain. This will not only allow you to focus on the skills and attributes that are related to the position, but will also allow you to focus on the skills and attributes that may set you apart from other applicants.
For example, if you're applying for a human resources position, but you've never worked in human resources before, you may still be able to have a good job interview if you have experience working with customers, employees, or legal concerns in another type of work. This is because you can use your experience in other fields to convince the interviewer that you have the knowledge necessary to perform the tasks related to the position. You can then focus on the areas that may make it seem as if you're more appealing than the other candidates for the position such as the management and/or human resource courses, majors, or seminars that you have completed. In the end, the most important thing to remember is that the employer is attempting to find someone that is going to make it easier for the organization to function so you must convince the interviewer that have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will allow the organization to run as smoothly as it can.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014