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Interviewing for an accounting, finance or IT position – or any position for that matter – can be very nerve-wracking. Whether you’ve just graduated, lost your job unexpectedly, or are looking to make a career change, performing well in an interview is necessary to landing the role.
If you’re in the job hunt for whatever reason — you’re currently employed and you want to make a career change, or you’re out of work and are looking for a new opportunity — once you get to the interview process with a company, you’re one step ahead of many other job seekers.
Interviewing candidates is no easy task, despite what many hiring managers may think. Some think odd questions such as “How many cows are in Canada?” are “conversational gambits” says Stephenie Overman, contributor to CNN Money/Fortune.
During an interview, you try and gauge if the candidate is a good fit for the position, as well as the company culture. Typical questions hiring managers ask include: What interests you about this position? Why do you want to work for us? Why did you leave your last job? Or why are you thinking about leaving your current job? And so on.
Hiring the right person sometimes means asking an unexpected interview question. The interview, one of the most important parts of the selection process, offers you an opportunity to learn more about the prospective employee’s experience, skills, and personality. However, it can be difficult to get to know someone during the short amount of time allotted for the interview process.
When you ask questions during an interview, you show your interest and curiosity and it shows respect that you did your homework before the meeting. The right questions in an interview can further your candidacy, demonstrate your qualifications, give you an edge over the competition, help you determine if it’s the right culture fit, and generate a positive rapport with the interview according to a recent article on PR Daily.
Fifty-three percent of all resumes contain inaccurate information. Thirty-four percent contain outright lies.
If you have ever embellished experience on your resume, you can appreciate the fact that people aren’t 100 percent honest when summarizing their own skills and expertise.
It’s no secret good talent is one of your company’s biggest assets.
In Hire the Best Candidate, the One You Can’t Afford, founder and CEO Frank Addante shares lessons based on his experience.
In How to Hire The Right Accounting and Finance Candidate, we suggested the benefits of the group interview as something to consider because it is less expensive for organizations.
The one-on-one interview process involves far more man hours in your organization and escalates if you are screening a large volume of candidates. While there are great cost benefits to the group interview process, it comes with a few caveats…
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