A job interview can be described as a two way exchange of information where the candidate has an opportunity to gain information about the position and the company and to discuss their skills, competencies and goals in relation to the job.
Interviewing helps managers determine three things before they make a hiring decision:
- Can you do the job? Employers want to know if you possess the necessary competency to do the job.
- Will you be motivated to do the job? Employers want to know if you have the underlying drivers and motivations to perform the job consistently and well.
- Will you fit into the organization? Employers want to know that you have similar values and will fit into the culture of the organisation and in the end work well with fellow employees.
Apart from employers looking at technical skills when taking on new employees. Employers also look for:
- Good listening skills
- Good Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- People skills
- Teamwork skills
For an interviewer to identify to get an understanding of you they need to ask situational questions. Answer with examples and not just a yes or no.