Are You Qualified? Succeeding In A Qualification Interview..
As a professional recruiter who has been working recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing. I have seen many extremely qualified candidates never get past the first qualification stage of the interview process, due to lack of preparedness..
In a Qualifications Interview setting the interviewer is seeking precisely information about what makes you qualified for the opportunity – your skills, past experiences and qualifications.
They are seeking to obtain information on the qualifications you possess and how well they pertain to the position they are hiring for. You will need to choose your answers carefully to allow yourself to concisely, yet completely, demonstrate how your experience directly relates to their needs.
This is an interview where you can expect lots of demonstrative questions about your past and how well it has prepared you to go further with their company. You can expect a series of questions like:
(1) Why do you want this job?
(2) What qualifies you for this job?
(3) Why should we hire you, what can you do for us?
(4) Why are you the best candidate for this opportunity?
(5) How do you measure success?
(6) What makes you a team player?
(7) Tell me about your successes? What are your strengths?
(8) Tell me about your failures? What are your weaknesses?
Everything about this interview revolves around your experience and how it has helped you to become the perfect candidate for the position you are interviewing for. As you provide your answers you should also be prepared to follow them up with solid examples and explanations of how it will benefit your prospective employer in the future.
As with any interview don’t forget how important it is to make sure that your answers to these questions match any previous answers you have given, as they are also looking for honesty, consistency and integrity.
In addition it is important to make sure that you are prepared to speak with potential employers when they call. If you need to let the call go to voicemail so that you have the advantage of listening to the message and properly preparing yourself before returning the call, do not hesitate to do so.
A little preparedness can go a long way when you begin the interviewing process; especially during the qualification interview stage. Do not let a qualification interview impede your success; this is the time to showcase your abilities and qualification’s.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com