How to navigate through interview questions

Congratulations on finally making it to the interview stage! So, what now?  It is easy to believe that your good looks and charm will be all you need to get the job but should they fail, following are a few tips to help you through the interview:

  • Do as much research on the organisation as you can before the interview. The more you know about the business, any awards they have won, the management team or their customers, the easier it will be to impress the manager in the interview.

  • Find out as much about the manager as you can before the interview. It is extremely powerful if you know where they have worked, what types of jobs they have had, what other staff have said about them and if you know anyone in common. A good place to start is by researching their background on LinkedIn. If they don’t’ have a profile, make sure you find a way to ask other staff some good questions before the interview.

  • Do not discuss any negative content whatsoever about a previous employer or organisation. That is easier said than done, particularly if your last manager tried to get out of paying your Super or offered you a promotion with more responsibility and more money and then forgot about the “more money” part. However, talking negatively about your last employer is one of the biggest turnoffs for any prospective employer.

  • Make sure you have a good list of questions prepared for the interview. Asking good questions indicates you are serious and interested in the job and it will also give you some really good insight. There are no shortage of questions you will be able to ask provided you plan ahead. Following are a few generic questions you can use:

  • What attracted you to the organisation?

  • How long have you been working for the organisation?

  • What are the key attributes you are looking for in someone for this role?

  • How would you describe your management style?

  • How would you describe the team dynamics?

  • What is the reason for the role?

  • What are the most challenging elements about the role?

  • How many other people will you be interviewing before you make a decision?

  • When can you get back to me with some feedback so I can let the other companies I have interviewed with know?

  • Always make sure you trial close before wrapping up the interview to get a sense of how serious the hiring manager is about you. Following are some questions you can use:

    • Are there any concerns in the back of your mind that I have not fully addressed?

    • Based on our chat today, would you feel comfortable giving me a trial go?

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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