How to Crack Your Job Interview

Worried about how to crack your job interview? However good your profile is, you’ll have to pass a few interviews in order to get the job you want. Interview prep is the key element to get a job offer: your goal. Keep reading to find out what to expect in an interview and your to improve your interview skills.

How To Crack Your Job Interview: Preliminary tips

Be yourself.

After all, you don’t want to spend the rest of your working life pretending to be someone else – or you won’t enjoy going to work. Just be yourself.

Relax.

It is just a chat with a potential employer. If you are unsure about how to crack your job interview, remember this: stay calm, stay sharp, and deal with the stress.

Do not rush to reply.

Recruiters will probably ask tough questions. Like you do during exams; think first, and then answer the question.

Types of interviews

Trading houses generally use two main type of interviews: competency and technical interviews.

Competency interviews aim at finding out whether the candidate has the right set of skills to succeed at the job position. Just like ticking boxes.

Technical interviews are mainly used for advanced trading jobs, consulting, engineering, IT and other scientific roles. Here the key question is whether the candidate’s level of proficiency in a particular task.

Practical tips

Research about the company and industry

Find out what does the company do, where is it growing, and what are its main challenges and competitors. Try to find out the latest news.

Recruiters won’t generally ask you about the industry/sector, yet advanced interviews will appreciate if you know how the industry works.  It is also useful to know names of people working in the company, and management.

If you want to know how to crack your job interview, once of the best tricks is to do your homework and come to the interview prepared: learn in advance what the company and interviewer do.

Prepare answers to the key questions

You should expect a number of typical questions.

Generic examples:
Why should we hire you?
Why did you chose to move to London?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Where do you want to be in 3 or 5 years?

Behavioral examples:
How did you react when you last faced a big problem?
When was the last time you had to take an important decision and how did you decide?
How did you deal with a big failure or mistake?
How did you achieve your biggest goal?
How would your skills add to your team’s performance?

Prepare questions to the recruiters and managers

Asking the right questions is a very important skill in business. So, do your homework and prepare incisive questions. Remember that you are also interviewing them.

Next steps?

Once you have have fine-tuned your CV & Cover Letter, and prepared for the interview, make sure you learn about the company and industry.

Do you have more questions about how to crack your job interview? Shoot them in the comment box.

David Goldstein

David is the Head Editor at Commodity Trading Guru. He has trading experience at large commodity trading houses globally. Currently he lives with his family and two dogs in a village near Geneva and enjoys triathlons and snow sports. Ask him about fine wine and modern art.