If you have used a recruitment agency or applied to a job on-line then you should have a clear idea of what the job you are interviewing for is offering as a salary and package. Saying that, many employers do not reveal what they are going to offer – this might be because they haven’t completed a budget for the role or department, they might have some flexibility as they are hiring for multiple positions…
Nobody enjoys talking about their weaknesses or their failures. Thinking about the times that you made mistakes or times that you were just plain wrong can be negative and lead you nowhere. However questions about your weaknesses are often asked in interviews and you should be prepared tackle questions like this.
Many people are naturally cautious and careful about talking about how great they are. In an interview situation however it is your job to ‘blow your own trumpet’. The interviewer is likely to ask a question like:
“Tell me about your major achievements at XYZ Company.”
“What was your greatest success in Company ABC?”
You must be fully prepared to answer this question.
Congratulations, your CV has done its job and you have been invited to interview! Now it’s time to prepare.
You should be sure that you know everything you can about the company. If you went through an agency the recruitment consultant will tell you who the interviewer(s) will be. Use LinkedIn to find about the interviewer’s own career.
If you are thinking of changing your job or you’re at the start of your career and looking for your first job the advice is the same, go about your job-hunt in a systematic way.
If you are currently out of a job treat your job hunt as a job itself – make a plan, set a timeframe and schedule the hours you put into your search.