An interviewer’s mission is to assess your qualifications compared to other candidates interviewed. Asking you questions is their way of accomplishing that mission. Preparing meaningful responses in advance is your way of impressing interviewer.
Be prepared to talk about your skills, competencies, qualifications and accomplishments especially as they pertain to specific opening. Know how to state your likes and dislikes, your strengths, weaknesses and goals succinctly and fluently.
Especially know how to convey value you bring to table – strengths, unique gifts and marketable assets that are distinctly yours. If you want to stand out in huge ocean of candidates that represents your competition, you must be prepared to state how you differentiate yourself from crowd.
You must be able to respond appropriately to question of why you left your previous position, assuming you left voluntarily. No matter how challenging your supervisor was or how grueling workload, you must frame your response in a positive light.
Make sure you do not discuss salary. Interviewers are aware of average job salaries and want to be sure you are in ballpark. However, their knowing your salary history or requirements can disqualify you or lock you in to compensation that does not match your worth. If asked, you can simply state that your salary is negotiable.
While your answers will help interviewer assess your skills for position at hand, it’s how you respond that more importantly determines your overall fit with company. Personality is ninety percent of battle. You may answer a question in a qualifying way, but your attitude could be telling them no. A t outset, you must establish a rapport with your interviewer and maintain chemistry between you throughout meeting. You could be most qualified candidate for position, but person with whom interviewer feels most comfortable gets offer.