There’s an old saying that says, “Opportunity knocks only once”. This is one of those sayings that are not really a direct advice. You need to think a bit to grasp the real meaning of the quote. So what does it really mean? To me, it simple means that if you simply jot down an opportunity in your to-do list, it might not be available anymore when it finally reaches the top of the list.
For jobseekers, the quote mentioned above is the most apt description of the interview process. How you answer interview questions and project yourself in the process can make or break the deal.
I’m not actively seeking recruitment at the moment, however, I still remember the days when I was the de facto HR manager (although my official position was Operations Manager) in a previous gig.
I’ve been fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) enough to experience being in an interview process on both sides of the court. As an interviewer, I’ve been irked more than once by candidates who are obviously ill-prepared for the interview.
Interviews are not something that one can approach with a “I’ll just wing it” attitude. We must be prepared by at least knowing what industry the company is in, the responsibilities and expectations that come with the job being offered, and most importantly, how we as a potential employee can complete the picture.
I’ve stumbled upon this page that lists some of the more difficult interview questions and how you should position yourself when answering them. I’m recommending that those who are applying for technical, supervisory and managerial positions go through the list and prepare yourself to answering them.
It’s not only good reading for those who are seeking employment, but also to those who are looking at moving up the corporate ladder. Higher ranking positions are not only a tool for you to get that second home you’ve been eyeing; it also requires you to be more organizationally mature.
If you can’t cut it at the interview level; then are you really up to the task?