Job interviews can be very intimidating. You have no idea what the situation will be like. Who will be interviewing you? Will they be nice? Where will the interview take place? WHAT QUESTIONS ARE THEY GOING TO ASK ME?!
To get this job, you need to make sure you answer every question perfectly, right? Nope! You don’t have to answer every question perfectly and in this blog post, I’m going to tell you the real purpose of an interview.
When an employer interviews you, they want to learn about you.
- They want to get to know your personality. Customer service is extremely important to businesses. Good customer service is what keeps people coming through their doors. A hiring manager is looking for someone that is friendly and will provide their customers good customer service. You are auditioning your customer service skills in that interview.
- They want to learn about your abilities. You have developed work skills through your previous work or volunteer experiences. The interviewer wants to know what you’re good at! If you want it to be a successful interview, be prepared to tell them what your abilities are.
- They want to learn about your work experience. In addition to wanting to know about the abilities you’ve developed through those experiences, they also want to know where/when you had those work experiences. This communicates to the interviewer how successful you have been in the past. This is a great opportunity to share previous supervisors as references.
- They want to learn what your motivation level is. If you are prepared and engaging during the interview, you’re showing the interviewer that you want this job, and most likely, you’ll be a motivated employee.
When you are interviewed, you get to learn about them.
- In the interview, you will learn the business’ personality. The interviewer will probably tell you what is important to their business. If they don’t, this is something you could ask when they give you the opportunity to ask them questions. What is the business’ vision statement? Why are they in business? In this interview, you will be able to determine if their vision is something you would like to be a part of.
- You will have the opportunity to learn what their needs are. In the interview, you will learn what positions are open. You will learn what shifts they need to fill. Once you know what the needs are of the business you can 1) determine if those needs match your skills and 2) try to convince the employer that YOU are the solution to their needs.
When you have an interview, it might feel you’re on trial and under a microscope, but in reality, a job interview helps businesses and job-seekers find the right match for their needs. You are learning as much about the business as they’re learning about you. A job interview is a two-way street.