Goals of an Interview
Before you start preparing for an interview, it is important to understand the goals of the interviewer and your related goals. The overall goals are fairly obvious. The interviewer wants to identify the best candidate for the position and your overall goal is to receive a job offer or at least make it to the next round of interviews. However, beneath these high-level goals, each party has a set of sub-goals or objectives for the interview. Understanding these objectives is key to having a successful interview.
The basic objective of the interviewer is to develop a good understanding of a job candidate’s qualifications, interests and character traits that are relevant to the position being filled. Different things are valued for different positions but recruiters are basically all trying to answer these five questions:
- Is the candidate a person of good character that is not going to disrupt teamwork or cause problems in the workplace?
- Does the individual exhibit the necessary level of professionalism?
- Does the individual have the knowledge and skills needed to do the job or can he/she be trained in a reasonable amount of time?
- Is the individual a good fit for the position so he/she and rest of the team will be happy and productive?
- Is the individual likely to become a good, long-term employee of the company or organization?
The interviewee’s objectives mirror those of of the interviewer for the most part. The interviewee should attempt to accomplish the following:
- Make a good impression by demonstrating good character traits and professionalism.
- Effectively present relevant skills and knowledge that convincingly indicate an ability of doing the required work with a high level of quality.
- Show a high level of interest in the position, the type of work being offered, the products produced and/or services offered.
- Mention preferences for the work location, the size of the community, the type of organization, shared values, etc. that indicate the potential for a long-term employment relationship.
- Learn more about the position and the company.