Interviews are scary, and they should be, it’s the only thing that stands between you and the job that you have always wanted. In this blog post, I wanted to discuss and reflect on the Interview Techniques CIU111 lecture, I find that this topic is very relevant to me and exploring this subject matter is important to everyone who wants to get a job and work.
They say that an important way to get work is through networking, and I find to be true, people are more likely to employ people that they know or friends of their reliable employees rather than employ strangers. So if you put this into account when applying for a completely random job you are already one step behind the other people who have connections to the company. But one factor that I didn’t consider was discussed in this post-mortem blog post, in that instead of trying to gain connections for myself I should try to add value to other people. this might include:
- Introducing people to other people in your network
- Giving projects away if possible
- Mentoring others in the industry
- Playing other people’s games and letting them know how much you liked them
- Being a good conversation partner
- Sharing cool resources with those around you
These thoughts never occurred to me as that you should add value to others instead of myself, and by doing so you create more meaningful and natural connections. Multiple surveys and research suggest that up to 80% of jobs are filled through networking, companies are more comfortable hiring from within.
” … employees who come to the company ‘known by us’ in some way are seen to be better hires and thought to get up to speed more quickly and stay with the company longer,”
Martin Yate, Writer of the ‘Knock em Dead’ series
Martin Yate, the writer of the ‘Knock em Dead’ series, a series of work and employability books suggests that hiring people the company know are easier to train and keep these employees for longer. The results of a survey on how job seekers found their job can be seen below, it can be derived from the results that networking is a higher percentage than any of the other options. This further encourages that networking is an important skill and technique to have and that I should aim to network at every opportunity in order to increase my chances at getting work.
Results of a survey conducted on job seekers can be found here
Now onto the actual interview itself, there are a number of things to consider when doing an interview as to what interviewers are looking for and how you should approach an interview. I’ve done a few interviews before for jobs that I’ve applied for before and can relate some of the techniques mentioned in the lecture. Being passionate about what you are applying for is an important aspect to convey to your employer, if they see that you are passionate about the job then can see your enthusiasm to get the job done which makes you more employable. Finally, there are these interesting job interview questions that I have seen and been asked before but never truly considered the purpose of them, the lecture explores the purpose of these questions which is extremely insightful. Some of these questions are:
- If you were a part in a car, which part would you be and why? This question enquires into your personality and there are no right or wrong answers.
- What would I find in your refrigerator right now? This question enquires into your personality, habits and lifestyle.
- If I assembled 3 of your past employers in a room and asked them about you – what would they tell me “you” would say it’s not true? This question is attempting to lead you to reveal something negative.
- If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do? This kind of question reveals how you handle unacceptable work, and how you would communicate that to your team.
- Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball? This question probes into your problem-solving skills as to your process of figuring things out when you don’t know the answer to a question.
Knowing the purpose of these questions help me identify the meaning of the interview questions and allow me to better prepare for them and explain myself in they way I intended. Interview preparation is nearly as important as the interview itself, there are a few preparation steps that I believe are important to a successful interview.
The topics discussed in the lecture explored more into how and why interviews are done the way they are. My previous interviews I’ve only done the basic and very standard preparation for interviews, such as researching the company and answering basic questions. After reading and considering the lecture it has given me more options and more techniques to use when applying for a job. I will attempt to network more and create more contacts and look deeper as to the purpose of questions not just the surface value of the question.
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Adler, L. (2016) New Survey Reveals 85% of All Jobs are Filled via Networking. Retrieved 17th April 2017, from: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-survey-reveals-85-all-jobs-filled-via-networking-lou-adler
Adams, S. (2011) Networking Is Still The Best Way To Find a Job, Survey Says. Retrieved 17th April 2017, from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2011/06/07/networking-is-still-the-best-way-to-find-a-job-survey-says/#147ea75e4366
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Giang, V. (2013) Here’s What An Interviewer Really Means When They Ask ‘What Is Your Greatest Weakness?’. Retrieved 17th April 2017, from: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-employers-ask-you-certain-interview-questions-2013-8?r=US&IR=T