Well, the first thing to understand about an interview is what in the world the recruiter is looking for! Put yourself into the recruiter's shoes and think like a person who is going out to recruit. Lets just imagine one day, you were responsible for a big multinational company, where you are the HR person who needs to hire a person for ONE spot.
Here is your dilemma, if you are in an oil and gas company like BP, you will have 8000 applicants for one spot, if you are in an investment banking company, you will have double that figure! So, it is not easy work for one recruiter to literally find a needle in a haystack.
At this point in time, I would like to share with you what professional recruiters have to think about before interviews. Okay, so now you are in your office and you have a pile of say 8 people that you need to interview. What do you do now?
Well, if you are an interviewer who will potentially get this person into the team, and with your boss hounding you up a tree, you would want to make sure you get this right! Furthermore, you might potentially be working with one of them after the day is done. You read the CVs... should I work with the Gold medalist in running who has a track record in drug abuse, or the top top top student who entered Harvard/Cambridge at 12 who happens to be a complete freak?
So, as a recruiter, the first things you want to know about a person is
1) Can I actually stand being around this person? Can my colleagues work with this person?
2) What skills does my organisation need/demand?
3) How broad is this person's skills? Is he/she only capable of performing dynamic thermonuclear simulations or can this person also give presentations, think about the company's finances, think about other people's wellbeing etc.
4) What will it take/ how long will it take to train this person to be useful in my organisation?
and the most important question you would like to know about a person if you were recruiting,
5) Is this person a good monetary, time, saliva investment for the company?
Now, I hope I made you realise that being a recruiter is really difficult as well! Think about that. Now as an interview candidate, the best thing to do is prepare and I will be showing you how to prepare for a face to face interview! Same rules apply to telephone interviews!
Stick around for to find out how to prepare for an interview!
Objective of the interview
Things to prepare
At the Interview
Biggest regret Questions