Asking questions of your recruiter

A job interview is as much about you finding a suitable manager as it is about them finding the right candidate for the role. Reverse-interviewing involves approaching your next interview quite strategically. Ideally you should personally ask 30% of the total questions to demonstrate your engagement and excitement around the role you have applied for.

Below are 5 points you should cover off in your next interview:

1. Make sure the questions asked are quality not quantity. If you think you can bamboozle interviewers with banter and irrelevant questions then think again.

2. Don’t be afraid to write your questions down prior to an interview. Rather than making you look sloppy this will come across as proactive and will send all the right signals.

3. Stay consistent. Make sure what you’re saying matches how others perceive you. If you’re talking about how you are a good communicator make sure to maintain eye contact 70% of the time. If you’re claiming to have good attention to detail you should submit a resume free of typos.

4. Embrace tough questions. Nobody ever secured a job after a line of softball questions. Hard questions are your chance to demonstrate how their initial perceptions of you are wrong. Nine times out of ten, employers don’t ask tough questions because they want you to fail, they ask tough questions because they are waiting to see how you respond.

5. Take your time to assess your interviewer. The first thing interviewers do when they meet you for the first time is begin to make judgements of your suitability for the role. Appearance, mannerisms and tone of voice play a large subconscious role here. This might sound daunting but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do this to them as well. How do they present? If they put in a big effort to come across as professional, warm and friendly then these are some early signs of the type of organization you could potentially be working for. In addition, assessing them while they’re assessing you keeps your mind focused and will greatly reduce nervousness.

If you are an Accounting/Finance Professional interested in exploring new opportunities in the Brisbane market we’d love to hear from you on (07) 3135 9780. I also encourage you to join our private LinkedIn network Accounting & Finance Professionals in Brisbane (click here). As you probably are aware we do move quite quickly on the roles we recruit for so it pays to stay ahead of the competition. Our group is an exclusive community I am building up for Finance Professionals in Brisbane who want to share job search opportunities, industry news, blogs and other content. You’ll also have an opportunity to network with each other. You might even come across some people you have worked with in the past!

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