Successful interviewing requires understanding the interviewer’s goals and objectives. Most interviewers basically want to find the best available person who can fit into the organization’s culture and help it achieve its immediate and long-term goals and business mission.
It is, therefore, imperative that you firmly gain insight into the goals of the organization, as well as the objectives and needs of the interviewer. This will help you focus your answers and conversation on the critical issues that will inspire the interviewer to want you on the team, and the confidence to hire you.
So, what is the interviewer really looking for? For starters, what makes you tick:
- values and attitudes
- levels of motivation and commitment
- how you make choices and decisions
- how you respond to challenges
The interviewer will, therefore, ask questions and engage you in conversation to probe beyond the surface, and gain insight into who you are, what you can do, how you will do it and why you would fit in and help the organization achieve its goals.
No mater what level of job you may be applying for, the interviewer will engage in conversation relating to your past, present and future. For…
- past behavior is a predictor of the future
- current action is a reflection of the past
- the future is governed by our vision today