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How to be successful in an interview

by Tim Stevenson at Matchtech

When candidates attend interviews there is a common misconception that they are the only ones being interviewed. In my opinion, interviews are a two-way process. Of course the candidates are there to be assessed, with regards to whether they have the right technical experience to make them suitable for the role. However the candidate must also identify whether the working environment of the company will provide them with the tools and support they need to successfully carry out their responsibilities.

Candidates should always be given the opportunity to ask questions and this chance usually comes at the end of the interview. By preparing and carefully considering what you want to know about the company, the role and the team you will be working within, you will be in a great position to ask informed questions.

Intelligent and considered questions can help to strengthen your chances of securing the job. It will show the employer that not only are you interested in the position but you are also thinking about your long term future, which for a permanent job is exactly what the interviewer wants to hear.

Here are some questions that candidates should make a point of asking:

  1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?
  2. Is there any further information about my experience that you would like me to expand on?
  3. How does this position fit into the company’s long term plans?
  4. How would you define success for this position?
  5. Do you have any concerns about whether I am competent to carry out the duties of this role?
  6. Is there anything I can do to follow up this interview for you?

By asking these questions, it will allow you to make an informed decision post- interview and also provide the interviewer with the opportunity to sell the company to you as a candidate, as you have demonstrated an interest in their experience.