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Interview Them

An interview has two sides...

by Emile Alexander Dodds


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Just what is the purpose of a job interview?

Ask any job seeker and the answer you are likely to get is, "To find a job, of course!"

 But in fact if you use this approach, you may be setting yourself up for a big disappointment. You see, an interview is a kind of negotiation. The purpose is for both sides to establish whether a successful partnership may be forged. In other words, it is as much for you to see whether you want them as the other way around.

 Just consider how many people have given 110% to a recruitment interview, concentrated and given all the right answers only to end up with a job they do not want – then it is time to start the job search all over again.

 “Now hold on; wait a minute,” I hear you say, “I can’t just go strolling into the Head of Department’s office, sit down and say, “Now, why would I want to work for you?” That would be a very big mistake indeed. However, there is a lot that you can do.

 These are the ways that you can assess the company: 

1                    Talk to people who work there to get the inside scoop. Ask your friends if they know of anyone currently or formerly employed there.

2                    Run an Internet search

3                    Ask lots of questions at the end of the interview. For example, take the old question, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years time?’ and turn it around: ‘If I join this firm and I perform to or above expectations, where would I be in two or five years time?’.

Do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to make an informed choice. That is what the interview is for.

4                    Ask for a brief tour of the office.

 Here is a checklist of things to look for. (Don’t just think about the money!)

  • environment – is the office clean? a peaceful place to  work?

  • employees – do they look happy or stressed?

  • management style

  • opportunities for advancement

  • salary and other benefits (leave, bonus, travel allowance and so on)

  • chance to learn new things – will the position give you  good experience?

  • will you be working independently or as a part of a team?

  • will you enjoy the work?

If the company takes the time to interview you, that means that they have already established from your CV that you are suitable for the job. Now you have to show them that you have charisma and drive. But never forget that it is a two-way relationship. Make sure that you leave the interview with a clear picture of what the organisation can do for you.