"Job interviews are tough. The questions are difficult. Hiring managers aim to disparage my abilities." We've heard that a lot of times and can completely feel your pain. Nowadays we have:
- structured interviews
- unstructured interviews
- problem-solving interviews
- behavioral interviews
- stress interviews
- panel interviews
- group interviews
- video interviews
- pre-recorded interviews
- phone interviews.....
Looks like they are not very eager to hire you when you read all this list?
Ok, let's be clear here, an employer needs an employee, otherwise, the company wouldn't search for anyone. But here's the thing, HR gods made everything structured and complicated (as you see it) only with one purpose, to pick the one. Somebody who is more prepared, more acknowledged, more familiar with the company's policies and so on.
And you know why it's hard for you? Because either you don't know what exactly will be asked, or you have no idea how to answer the questions you've already heard before.
To be honest, there are millions of manuals and websites regarding job interviews. Maybe you are lost in that information pool. But here's this article to help. Even not an article, consider it as an action plan.
First, make up your mind about what job you want, what duties you are able to handle, what company would be appropriate for your experience. Be honest with yourself here, you don't have all the time in the world to prepare for something indecipherable.
Second, the secret mission. You can call it stalking, we call it observing. Find out everything you can, company's updates, employees' reviews, ask diligently someone who has already had an interview there. You need to know even more than the CEO knows. "Why on Earth..?", you'll ask. That's why:
1. during the interview, you HAVE TO show that you are familiar with the company, not just attending a random interview like on speed dating.
2. you need to give a solution to any issue the enterprise has, and how can you provide that if you don't know with what exactly the staff is dealing at the moment?
3. you need to prepare your answers through a conscious, deliberate strategy.
Third, make a list of questions. If by this moment you've already got some information from interview takers, you're 99% ready with that. If not, mister Google is not that bad if you know how to search.