Do you often get called for job interviews but still have not heard back from the company?Read through the following tips on how you can impress recruiters with your answers during an interview.
Things to pay attention to during an interview:
- Appearance – Wear neat and formal clothing, to give a professional look
- Maintain good body language – Sit in an upright and comfortable position, smile and maintain good eye contact.
- If the interview is being conducted online, find a quiet place and make sure you have a good internet connection.
Frequently Asked Questions during Interviews:
- Knowledge about the Company Before the interview, make sure that you have good knowledge about the company. Research the company you are applying for, its competitors and its clients.
- Motivations and Understanding of the Job Be prepared to answer questions such as, “Why do you want this job?” or “What do you foresee as the biggest challenge in this role?” These questions help employees understand your motivation for applying while testing how well you understand the tasks and responsibilities of that role.
- Share Relevant Work Experience You will be asked to elaborate on your skills, based on what is listed on the CV. Use the STAR method to structure your answers (explained below)
- Reasons for Leaving your Previous Workplace. If you have previously worked in another company, the recruiter will likely ask why you left or moved from that company.
- Expected Salary Finally, the recruiter will ask about your expected salary. This is to see if the budget set by the recruiter is in line with what the prospective employee is asking for.
Why use the STAR method when answering interview questions?
The STAR Method helps you structure your answers when providing examples to demonstrate a particular skill. It can help the recruiter understand you more deeply — such as how you approach a particular problem, and to better assess the skills you have listed in your CV.
Using the STAR Method to Answer Interview Questions
S: Situation = Briefly explain the background or context of your situation.
T: Task = Explain the task, goal or problem you faced in that situation.
A: Actions = Then, explain what exactly you did to solve that problem — giving evidence of your skills, showing how your skills are put to use in a particular situation
R: Result/Reflection = Finally, summarize the results you obtained and what you learned from this situation. If you are answering a question about what went wrong, give your reflections, and show how you can improve.