It is imperative to understand what an Interviewer wants to find out when posing a question. There are common themes in interviewing:
❓ Is this person a good communicator?
❓ Does this person have a strong work ethic?
❓ Is this person a problem solver?
❓ Will this person fit in within our organization?
❓ Can this person do the job we are hiring for?
Recognition of what the Interviewer wants or why the question is posed is the first step.
Your answers should:
☑️ be communicated clearly.
☑️ contain stories and examples illustrating who you are / what you can do
☑️ contain examples of how you solve problems / what your thought process is in finding solutions
☑️ illustrate how you collaborate and cooperate with people, how you forge and maintain relationships and what motivates you
☑️ show that you thoroughly know the job, the pain points, how to be successful in that role.
💡 Read and understand the position description, don’t just glance over it – The key words used are clues to what the company is looking for. If they want someone to work on their own initiative, use words like ‘self-starter, motivated or problem solver’ 💡
Give examples of how you ‘work on your own initiative’
💡 Listen; listen to the questions asked of you, listen to what the interviewers asks or says about a company. Use parts of that in your answer. If they express a pain point, subtly address how you experienced something similar in a previous company and how you set out to address that problem. 💡