Q: Why do most people fail interviews?

This post is part of a series of questions that have been asked at previous GDC Meet a Mentor events. For the complete list of questions please see this link

Q: Why do most people fail interviews?

The two big reasons I would say why people fail interviews are a lack of suitable preparation and an inability to communicate effectively. Both are relatively simple to put right.

Firstly preparation is easy. You have to start by genuinely thinking about what you want to get out of your career and whether this company is going to be the right one for you. When you start thinking about what you honestly care about it leads to interesting questions:

- What will my day-to-day role be?
– What is the team like? Are they like me?
– Will I be doing the same role in a year? two years? five years?
– Will the company still be going in a year? two years? five years?

There are a lot more questions that will come up, the key is to think about what YOU really care about?

Your preparation should be around trying to answer all of these questions before you go to the interview. Look at the job spec, the blogs, the website, linkedin to see the people that work there. See what you can find out about them, you will definitely be able to find out answers to a few of your questions. You should be left with questions that:

a) you genuinely care about, and
b) you can’t answer yourself

The interview should be a two way thing, not just a chance for you to impress the employer. When you go to the interview you will find that you feel less nervous, because you want to find out these answers.

Secondly if you have some serious and interesting questions then the employer can see that you are bright, that you do care about the interview and your career.

Finally the employer will want to answer your questions, effectively selling the company to you. Whenever anyone sells to you, they are trying to make you like them, naturally building rapport.

To communicate effectively, you should also prepare on yourself. Have a look through this developer careers post on preparing for interviews for more help in this area – http://developercareers.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/interview-guide-preparing-for-interviews/

Good luck!

@RecWorks

This post is part of a series of questions that have been asked at previous GDC Meet a Mentor events. For the complete list of questions please see this link

The GDC Meet a Mentor events are being organised and run in association with the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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