Ace that Interview
Worried about that job interview?
Discussing your strengths and weaknesses can be one of the hardest parts of an interview. Here at Future Personnel, our great team of consultants give thorough interview prep and over the years have experienced all kinds of interview techniques. We've heard it all and no matter what industry or type of company you are interviewing for, you are sure to wow your interviewer with this structured way of answer the dreaded question....
"What is your biggest weakness in the workplace? "
Generally, as a job seeker, you want to be as truthful as possible but nobody wants to highlight a weakness to their potential new employer. That’s why our clever technique works like a charm. The key to successfully answering “what is your weakness” is by highlighting a professional trait that you have control over and discussing what the solution is. This shows the interviewer that you have identified what your weakness is, and you know how to overcome it so it does not interfere with your work.
For example: “Sometimes I miss small minor details which is why I always make sure I build a good relationship with somebody on my team who has a great attention to detail.”
Make sure that whatever strength you highlight you connect with your weakness. That way the weakness does not sound like such a negative because you have wrapped it with two positives. Minimize the trait and emphasise the positive.
For example: “I have a high attention to detail however, this means that I am a perfectionist and will be self-critical. Therefore, I have my own personal rule not to over think things”. Make sure that your interviewer knows that your strengths will benefit the company in both long term and short term. Show them that you can use your own positive attribute to wrap up other colleagues’ weaknesses. This will show them that you are a team player who is willing to use their own time to improve the company
Before going to the interview, make sure that you are well informed about the company. This can be done by visiting their website and gathering details about the company as well as researching your interviewers on LinkedIn. This will show the interviewers that you are a well prepared and dedicated individual who is prepared to be part of the team.
If you haven’t already been employed in a similar position with skills matching the job description, then you should study the job description-
- Can you perform a specific task if you have never attempted it before? Some employers may ask you to demonstrate specific skills during the interview or ask you for a walkthrough on how you would complete the task.
- Are you able to perform the set task if there is an unfortunate set back? (E.g: If you were asked to print an important document but the printer in the admin office had broken.) What could you do to go around this? For instance, a solution would be to email the document over to another section or office inside the building and have them print the document off for you. This is just one of many solutions to a problem.
- Be prepared to answer ‘oddball’ interview questions such as these (Which have previously been asked by employers in interviews.)
“Describe the colour yellow to someone who’s blind.”- Spirit Airlines
“If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?” – Bose
- What are your motivations and what made you chose this position and this specific company? Motivation is key to some employers.
- Your body language is key as it is a form of ‘none verbal communication.’ Consider your body language and assess your surroundings. What should your body language be like?
- When you first encounter your interviewer, you should make eye contact straight away instead of being bashful. Make sure that you maintain good eye contact throughout the interview also.
- Have an open posture. An open posture is not having crossed legs, or your arms crossed. This will show the interviewer that you are not defensive, nervous and have a warm, welcoming persona. If your interviewer has a closed posture (Crossed arms, crossed legs or slightly facing away from you) then that is an indication that you need to change the subject or feed them interesting information.
- Hold your palms open or steeple your hands as it shows dominance and confidence.
- In certain cases, you should try to mirror the body language of your interviewer. This will show the interviewer that you are able to work with them due to your similar mannerisms as well as the fact that you are interested in them, but you shouldn’t overdo it.
Now you have all the knowledge and techniques you need to ace that interview. If you find job searching and interviewing tough, our dedicated team have plenty of opportunities for you and can help you on the road to success. Our consultants have a detailed understanding of every company they work with so they can tell you exactly what you need to prepare for each interview. If you are looking for a new job in the New Year but the thought of searching and interviewing worries you then get in touch. The Future Personnel team will look after you every step of the way, as well as find the perfect job for you.