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Interview nerves Tell me about yourself

Don’t go to an interview unless you can answer this question: The killer question - What is your understanding of the role and how do you know it’s the right role for you? When you’re asked this question during an interview, your interviewer is encouraging you to talk about the role. Read more

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The killer question - What is your understanding of the role and how do you know it’s the right role for you?


When you’re asked this question during an interview, your interviewer is encouraging you to talk about the role. What they want to know is if it’s going to give you the right level of responsibility, that you have the right skills and experience to get the job done and that it will give you the opportunity to add value and achieve your career goals. They want to know that you’ve taken the time to read the job spec, have researched the company and have prepared for your interview.


The benefit of having a job description before an interview allows you to prepare a succinct answer to this question in advance.


Read the job spec carefully several times so you get a picture of exactly what they are looking for in terms of what you will be expected to do on a daily basis and be ready to give examples that demonstrate you have the experience to perform the role.


Be able to show you have the essential skills they are looking for and that the desirable skills they are seeking are ones that you either have and can demonstrate or ones that you are willing and eager to learn.


Look out for key words such as responsibilities include, the ability to, or the willingness to and mirror them in your answer. Be sure to include your particular passion or interest in the product or service they provide and any company values, facts or goals that resonate with you.


To give yourself the best chance of getting hired, write your answer down and learn it so you can answer this question with confidence.

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