At the interview: accountancy and finance – Episode 4
I try to get to the location that theiterview is going to be at an hour in advance, that might seem likea lot of time but you can't plan for traffic, you can't plan for things that might happen.
When you walk into the room, the biggestthings that I had to make sure was that you smile.
Sometimes you're quite flustered or you're a little bit nervous and you're playing around maybe with a bag in your hand or something butmake sure you give them your full attention, give proper eye contact, good hand shake, open body language.
There are there are so many people applyingfor these jobs, you've got to be able to distinguishyourself not just with your skills and all your education that you've taken butsome personality as well.
I actually ran the books for my university cricket team.
Back in the day in university we distributed about two thousand papers tothe student body where I took it upon myself to be in charge of the finance section.
And I always mention that because it wasfun and it shows that I had a life outside of my studies and that numbers are something that I ampassionate about in my day to day life as well.
You're going to get asked a lot of questions.
that's how an interview works, you will have been able to prepare for some of those and particularly if you've doneyour research into the company you can definitely have an idea of whatthey're going to ask you as pertaining to the role that you will be fulfilling and also the company more generally.
You need to know what's on your CV and you need to be confident about that, but you also need to prepared that they might ask you something completely different and off the wall and you need to be able to really listen and be switched on to what ever that asking you.
It's really, really important to make sure that you specifically giving the right examples or the rightskills or whatever it might be for thatparticular question, and I think they'll be really, really happy that you've listened.
At the end of the day you know they'reinterested in you, and you're interested in them, so again it'sa conversation and the conversation is about talking but also listening.
There's always a part of the interview that says, 'well, have you got any questions?', and you don'twant to sit there blank, that's not good.
And maybe you've covered everything that you'd pre-planned to ask at the end, but it's always good to have a few back upquestions just in case.
Pprobably in an interview avoid asking questions aboutpayroll and HR, that will be covered after the interview.
If theyoffer you the job it's then your remit to ask about that.
I think it's really important to ask questions that are relevant and important for the interviewer to hear that you care about the company and your position in it.
So I came with questions you know again my questions were in relation to the goals of the company.
In 5 to 10 years it wasimportant for me to know what their long term future was.
But the main thing is really finding outhow are they going to support you on your ACCA journey.
You want them to be able to take you to that full membership and are they going to be flexible aboutthat? Are they really going to be able to help you and give you the best possible chance ofachieving that full membership?.