At Focus IT Recruitment, we are just as passionate about looking after our candidates as we are about the employers. I have put together some good and useful interview questions and interview techniques, which I hope you will find useful when attending an interview.
Focus IT Recruitment Interview Questions
Practice the Basics (energy, passion, drive, money, motivation and hunger for success):
Know Answers for the Interview Questions
- “Why do you want to work for this business?” – The profile and website will help you with this
- “What are your personal goals (short/long term, financial – ambitious/not greedy, progression/professional)” – These should align with the goals of the company your interview is with
- Build rapport with the interviewer – Try asking them about themselves, their background and current role
- Have good questions to ask – Things that support your ambition/drive and further your understanding of the role/organisation properly
- Close them down – i.e. I really like what I’ve seen. What is the next step in the process? Who will I be meeting? Can I prepare in any way?
Push forward these aspects of your personality – Dynamism, ability to role with the “punches” and think on your feet.
Tenacity – “Think of examples”, handling rejection etc.
Enthusiasm – Expression and emotion in your answers
Personality – Don’t allow awkward silences, make conversation, laugh, smile. Be prepared for interview questions on your hobbies etc.
Research the company in as much detail as you can. Visit their website for more detailed information, and request a copy of their Annual Report. You can also contact your recruitment consultant who will have expert knowledge of the employer, the environment you’ll be working in, the corporate culture as well as the employer’s expectations and candidate requirements. Take advantage of their experience. They will help you secure your ideal role.
It is important to find out specific facts about the organisation you have the interview with:
- What its products and services are?
- What is its growth potential for the future?
- Who are their main competitors?
- How are they viewed in the market place?
Ensure that you are up to speed with the facts and figures of your present or former employer. You will be expected to know a lot of information about the company you have previously worked for.
First impressions count. Ensure that you are dressed appropriately for the job you want, rather than the job you have.
Ensure that you know the exact time and location of the interview. Allow plenty of time in case of travel delays.
Interviews are intended to answer three fundamental questions:
- Do you have the right skills for the role?
- Are you a good cultural fit for the organisation?
- Do you really want this job?
Your chances of convincing an interviewer that the answer to each question is a “Yes” will be greatly enhanced, if you devote time to thinking about the interview before it happens.
Do you have the right skills for the role?
Here interviewers are looking for objective proof of your ability to add value and perform tasks associated with the job you’ve applied for. To prepare, you can familiarise yourself with two things:
- A detailed description of what the job involves and the skills it requires. Ask your recruitment consultant for as much information as possible regarding the role
- Pertinent examples of situations in which you have successfully done something similar and/or demonstrated similar skills. Use facts and figures to back yourself up
Questions associated with this part of the interview include:
- Tell me about your qualifications for this job
- In what way do you think that you can contribute to our company/department?
- Tell me about a time when you tried and failed
- Tell me about yourself
- Tell us about your analytical skills
- Describe your achievements to date
Are you a good cultural fit for the company?
Here interviewers are trying to establish whether you’re likely to get on well with your potential colleagues – or whether you’re liable to disrupt the happy equilibrium of their team. Some companies perform multiple rounds of interviews to ensure the ‘fit’ is right.
To prepare for this part of the interview you need to think about the organisation’s culture. For clues, look on its website, particularly at statements of corporate values. You also need to consider the kind of person you are, and how you want to present yourself.
Questions you may be asked include:
- Tell me about yourself
- What is your biggest weakness/strength?
- What motivates you?
- What things make a good team member?
- What do you do at weekends/ Tell me about your interests?
- Why did you choose this career?
Do you really want this job?
Bringing in a new employee is an expensive task. Therefore you need to ensure that you’re truly interested in the position on offer.
To convince them of your seriousness you will need to prepare two things: detailed information on the company you’re attempting to join (found in annual reports, company websites, news articles); and a list of convincing reasons why you want to do so.
Questions you may be asked include:
- Why do you want to change jobs?
- Why do you want to leave your current position so soon?
- What difficulties and challenges do you foresee in making this move?
- How will you overcome these?
- Would you relocate?
- What are your short and long term career aspirations?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
To demonstrate your enthusiasm you should also ask some questions during this phase of the job interview. These might be:
- Where are the company’s strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
- Tell me about your background and your time at your current company?
- Could you explain the organisational structure?
- What is the company’s policy on training?
- What is the policy on transfer overseas?
- How has this position become vacant?
- How will my performance be monitored?
- Who will I report to?
- Will anyone report to me?
- Where is the company going? Expansion plans?
- What sort of person does well here?
- How might I influence my own future in the company?
Finishing The Interview
If you are interested in the role, then ask the interviewer about the next stage in the interview process. Ensure that you thank the interviewer for their time.
After The Interview
After the interview, it is essential that you provide honest feedback to your recruitment consultant about the interview. In most cases the recruitment consultant will not have feedback from the employer before speaking to you. However, any delay in providing feedback may slow down the whole process.
Feedback from the employer is passed on to you by the recruitment consultant. Regardless of whether this feedback is positive or negative, it is essential that you accept it as constructive, and use it to your benefit for future job interviews.