Key Talking Points for Interviews - What to Talk about in Your Next Interview
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 by The Interview Guru — No comments
Whether you’re going to interviews for PA jobs, receptionist jobs, or other office support jobs, you need to make sure you’re fully prepared. Prepping for interviews can be tough, especially because you have little idea what to expect from the conversation. Making a good first impression at interview is vital, so here are some key talking points to bring up in your next interview.
How you’d approach the role
You can raise this point any time during the interview as long as it feels natural. However, you need to broach the subject delicately. Talking about all the ways you would change and revolutionise the role and department may come across as off-putting and cocky. Instead, discuss the challenges you’d expect to face in the role and steps you’d take to overcome them.
It should come as no surprise that most of the interview conversation will revolve around your past experience. However, if you want to set yourself apart from other candidates, you need to tailor your experience to the requirements of the role. Before the interview, read the job description carefully and highlight key areas that are relevant to your previous experience. During the interview, mention these key areas whenever you can. This will show the interviewers that you are well-suited to the role.
Culture is vital to your happiness and success within a company. However, it can be difficult to know how well you’ll fit in during your interview. Ask your interviewer about the team you’ll be working in and what your potential new boss’s personality is like. This will help you to work out whether the environment is right for you.
To demonstrate that you care about the company’s wider vision, not just the role, talk about the business as a whole, instead of just the position you’re interviewing. This shows intelligence and enthusiasm, and tells the interviewer that you’re looking at the role from a long-term perspective.
Ask considered questions
You should always ask questions in an interview. You may be able to think of a few questions at the time, however, it’s usually a better idea to prepare some in advance. You may find that questions come to you naturally as you’re reading through the job description and researching the company. If your planned questions are answered in the interview, this can be annoying. However, it’s actually a good sign that you have had a strong interview with plenty of conversation! Have some back-up questions in case this happens.
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