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What Shouldn't You Focus on During the Interview Process?

There are factors that you may not be able to control during an interview and this is something that we forget and should prepare ourselves for. We shouldn’t focus on these points because we can’t change them directly. Here are a few things that you should consider in order keep yourself focused.

April 2018

What Shouldn't You Focus on During the Interview Process?

There are factors that you may not be able to control during an interview and this is something that we forget and should prepare ourselves for. We shouldn’t focus on these points because we can’t change them directly. Here are a few things that you should consider in order keep yourself focused.

 

Thing you cannot control:

  • Hiring mangers mood on the day

Because you never know what stress they are under and if they can manage it on the day of your interview.

  • The work you and the managers have left

If you have left a hectic pipeline, it’s not easy forget about it during an interview. But it may also be the reason why you want to leave and it would drive you to forget about it. Similar it might be the same with the manager that’s interviewing you.

  • What is going on in your personal life

There are things you can’t control outside of the interview related to your life and it’s best to set that aside and focus on your work.

  • Technology (if it is a phone or skype call)

We have all fallen victim to bad phone reception or internet connection.

  • Delays on transport
  • Acts of nature (snow, floods etc)

 

It’s healthy to worry but you can’t control these things. What you can do is focus on what you can control so you can give yourself the best opportunity mentality to prepare yourself.

What you don’t often think about is questions that we take for granted or we don’t think they would ask because the concept would be to “interview the candidate”. These are the things you can control.

 

What you don’t often think about is questions that we take for granted or we don’t think they would ask because the concept would be to “interview the candidate”.  These are the things you can control.

 

This is your opportunity to interview the company for yourself. Put the interviewer under the spotlight and show this is a two way relationship. As much as they are a business and a potential employer, this is also your career and your life they will be influencing.  Here are some key questions to consider:

  • What are your long term career goals?
  • Are they the vehicle for your career progression?
  • Can they offer a work/life balance that works for you?
  • Do you start of the interview making compromises?
  • How does the role and job really make you feel?

 

Most of these questions are usually straight forward, but we’re human. We won’t think to ask the questions that we want to ask because there is new information that you’re trying to process.

 

Don’t forget to ask these questions otherwise you will end up kicking yourself and you may not get another opportunity to ask the question.  Recruiters will try and get that question answered for you but what if you forget?

 

Do you agree with this? Let us know what you think!