An interview can make or break your chances of getting a job – even with a perfect resume and an appealing cover letter. Hiring managers are looking for people, not robots. How you behave and answer questions in an interview will go a long way toward getting you the job, or not.
An interview is all about coming across as the perfect fit for the company. A hard-worker who blends beautifully with the company culture and who aspires to be the best at everything is rare find, but to get a competitive finance job, you need to come across that way. Of course, this will take plenty of research before you enter the office to speak with hiring managers. Once you step into the interview, though, you won't be able to do research anymore. When you're face to face with the hiring manager, you'll have to project yourself as the perfect person for the company. Here's three ways you can do that:
"It's best to have someone who works to fix weaknesses."
1. The dreaded 'what's your weakness' question
You have a weakness. You may not be willing to acknowledge it, but everyone has at least one weak area – most people have more than one. If the interviewer asks you this, and you answer by saying that you have no weaknesses, you'll come across as too cocky, or as a liar. However, we know you want to appear perfect to the hiring manager, so what's the best way to approach this? Acknowledge and recover. Explain your weakness, for example: an inability to keep track of time. Then explain the measures you've taken to correct it. It is better to have someone who works to fix weaknesses than a person who is convinced he or she is perfect.
2. The interviewer has questions for you, have the same for him or her
Asking questions about the company and the job you've applied for will show that you're interested in learning more and in helping the organization grow. Typically your time to ask questions will come at the end of the interview, and when it does, let loose. Ask if you'll be able to apply certain strengths of yours to the job, inquire about interesting facts about the company you've come across and poke around to learn more about the role you've applied for. This will show your interviewer that you're a strong candidate, interested in the company and where it is going, who really wants to get the job.
3. Don't let your body betray you
Body language says a lot, so make sure you're conscious of what your body is telling the interviewer. Getting control of what your body communicates may take some practice prior to the interview, but it can make a world of difference. Poor body language can be distracting for the interviewer, or even worse, turn him or her off from the idea of hiring you completely. Avoid slouching, fidgeting, staring off into the distance, mumbling or playing with your hair, since these things all come across negatively to the interviewer.
People want to come across as the best possible job candidate, and to do so, it's necessary to show a bit of weakness, acknowledge that you don't know everything, and show that you're working hard to become that perfect candidate everyone wants. And, as you're doing all of that work, make sure that your body language isn't working against you. With this advice, you'll be able to greatly improve your interview skills.