Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Why job interviews are nothing to worry about


Recently I have attended a LOT of interviews for all kinds of jobs and I have to share some of my experiences in the hopes they may be able to help someone else.

Firstly, can I just talk about some of the rooms in which interviews are held. Messy, disorganised warehouses, staff rooms full of personal items and half eaten food strewn all over the place and the worst so far a dirty hotel room!

If that doesn't put you off working there, then come the questions. Before interviews I like to read up on possible interview questions in preparation and this usually ends up me reading the same questions over and over. 'What are your skills and weaknesses?' 'What can you bring to this team/company?' 'Why do you want this job?' I can honestly say it is very rare I have ever been asked any of these questions in an actual interview.

Here is a list of some of the strangest questions I have been asked:

  • What is your best friend's name?
  • Do any of your friends have children yet?
  • What would you do if one day you were walking the halls and found a naked man asleep on the floor? (From the same interview in the dirty hotel room. Thankfully I didn't get that job).
Most interviewers seem to ask questions in which you have to imagine yourself in a certain situation and tell them what you would do in that situation. 'Tell me about yourself?' This is another common question. The hardest question I would say I have been asked is 'What do you think is the next big thing for this company?' Be prepared for these types of questions but not too prepared that it sounds rehearsed.

Next, some interviewers  don't seem to realise how hard it is to be interviewed and how much rests on you getting the job. This always confuses me as surely they have already been in your position before. This kind of interviewer usually has me contemplating. 'If you don't have a position available why are you interviewing? How am I supposed to get experience if no one will give me the chance to gain that experience? 

Writing this has made me realise how crazy it is that people worry so much about being prepared for interviews when half of the time the interviewers themselves aren't even prepared. As long as you are well dressed, clean, presentable and know what you excel at and can talk about your experiences easily don't worry about it, after all it's only an interview. (If there are dirty hotel rooms involved run!) 

Any questions/discussions? Leave a comment :) 


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