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What Is the Employer Looking For?

The employer will be looking for the person who best fits the role. Presenting yourself in the best possible light during an interview is essential. Knowing what a prospective employer is looking for will help.

Qualifications And Skills
Qualifications and skills are normally clearly stated. You need to be sure you meet the minimum requirements before applying. If your qualifications and skills are close to those required and the position is unlikely to attract fully qualified individuals it is still worth applying. Be warned the employer will try to negotiate the salary accordingly. During the interview you may be asked about your qualifications so make sure you're fully aquainted with your CV. It's almost guaranteed that you'll be asked about your skills and how you gained and used them. Above all don't lie on your CV - pitch yourself in the best possible light but don't make things up you'll get caught out !

Experience And Background
Your experience and background should directly relate to the job on offer. In fact if you've actually worked on projects and problems that are similar to the role offered then you've improved your chances immensely. Most of the questions during an interview are based around your work history, your experience and how it's relevant to the position offered.

Personality
Nobody likes a know-it-all or someone who is as quiet as a mouse. The interviewer will be looking for someone they get on with, someone that will fit into the company well. Of course there are other political considerations to think about - maybe the interviewer will be your direct line manager in which case they will want someone who makes them shine and not a potential threat. There's a fine line between impressing the interviewer and being over confident. Be careful you don't cross it....

Common Mistakes
  • Mumbling and not being clear. Waffling. Keep answers crips and clear.
  • Coming across as unenthusiastic.
  • Showing that you haven't studied the job description, company or person specification. You must studied the position offered.
  • Not having questions at the end of the interview. Always ask relevant questions about the company's future and potential future career progression.
  • Not being dressed appropriately. You need to be smart and business like.

Conclusion
Employers are looking to make an investment in you and will expect a return. Naturally they will be studying you to decide if you're a good bet. In small to medium firms this is the number one prority, in larger firms there may be some other internal factors that will also influence the decision.

One other thing to remember is that the interviewer is human, he or she will quite often be nervous too - they've never met you before. The intervewer may also be tired - after doing ten interviews wouldn't you be ? In this case you need to make an impression and make it easy for the interviewer - try to break the ice and turn the interview into something a little less formal - but don't go too far - never forget to be professional.


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