When my company is opening a position for an accountant, I am happy to see 120 plus of candidate applying. Just that soon when we shortlisted candidate, it turns out it is around 20 people that fit the job post. Some candidates that show promising, and I hope they can gain more experience in presenting themselves. Sad to say, most of the candidate does not have the quality that we are looking for. I know the finance job is repetitive and tends to get boring, but at least you should able to tell us why it is not dull.
In this interview, I am expecting the candidate asking me a lot of questions:
Above are questions that I will ask if I am in their position. You might as why. It is essential to know the whole company operations in a short time. What people looking at is how you can fit. By the way, I also have been many interviews during my career time from applying entry-level programming, up to the top management post. There are lots of things that I learn from my failed interview. Even more from some, I think I just did a very uplifting and meaningful meeting. I will tell how my previous experience helps me to overcome some challenges arise or even handling some problematic situation.
The interesting question is when I am asking what their expecting salary is. Some tell me a certain number without any confidence. Some even show sky-high pay but little to offer. Yes, I agree that you should ask a high salary provided you can claim such worth, and your contributions must be significant to the business. Apart from this question, I always open with: “Tell me about your achievement.”
Such a simple question but it is critical. Some tips: Never explain your job scope as an achievement. Take an example: “I can handle full set of account.” This task is what you expected to do, not your success. Instead, this sounds better: “The previous team failed to maintain the full set of account within two weeks after month-end closing, and since join, I manage to simplified X factor by doing Y factor to close the gap of two weeks.” Now, this is an acceptable answer where you will stand out among candidates, plus, the interviewer will see this answer as an impressive response.
I wish you luck with those who are looking for a job. Remember, due diligent is the key here. One candidate able to impress us with the way he presents himself, even find out about our company and how it can bring impact to the business. Lastly, he prepared to tell that I am one of the founders (I always say to a candidate that I am one of admin staff, not a founder because founder title carries no meaning to me). Those are the reason why we offer him a job offer the soonest we can.
So above are some tips from me about having a meaningful interview. Yes, you might experience such a discussion but sad to say many do not have the chance to experience what people call useful debate.