The interview is the single most important step in getting a job – it is the culmination of all of your good planning and thorough preparation. It is also a process over which you can have a fair amount of control as long as you have a strategy. That strategy needs to include being prepared, knowing what to expect, eliciting needs, presenting competencies and handling questions. The interview is your opportunity to market and sell yourself by demonstrating what your skills, experience and qualification can do for the company. Part of your strategy is to understand what the interviewer is looking for – here are the three things they want to know:
Can you do the job? Do you have the ability to perform the specific functions of the position effectively? The interviewer is looking for evidence that your experience, skills and competencies match the position and the organisation.
Can you do the job here? Will you relate effectively to the diverse employees in the organisation? You will probably have several interviews with the hiring manager as well as others in the organisation to determine your compatibility.
Can you do the job with us? Do they like you enough? Do you like them enough? Interpersonal chemistry is very important in the selection process. Even if you are the most qualified person on earth, there needs to be the feeling that they like you enough to spend a minimum of 37 hours a week with you – and vice versa.