Hi, it's Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements.
In this week's video, I want to talk about how you can do better than 88% of candidates in your next job interview.
And how do you do that? Be better prepared.
You see, I've done some research where I've asked several thousand accountants
in workshops and events about how long they typically spend preparing for job interviews,
and the results are actually quite startling.
88% of people spend less than nine hours preparing for a job interview, and more worrying than that, 60% of accountants spend four hours or less preparing for a job interview.
What's the problem with that?
Well, if you think about it, deciding to employee someone into an accountant role is a major investment decision from an employer's perspective.
It's a big decision.
It's a risky decision.
It involves a lot of money and benefits.
And you, as a professional accountant, need to treat that decision like a professional and respect the fact that it's a major investment.
And what I suggest is your absolute minimum, in terms of preparing for a job interview, should be at least 10 hours.
And you're probably thinking,
"How do I spend my time over 10 hours?"
Here's what I suggest.
Around 20% of your time is spent on researching the organisation, the sector in which the organisation operates, and also, the financial statements of the organisation.
About 40% of your time is spent identifying potential questions that you may be asked based on the job advert, job description, and person specification, and writing out answers
to those questions.
And then the other 40% is spent on practice, and that might be audio recording yourself, video recording yourself, or even doing a mock interview with someone else.
The question you need to ask yourself, do you want to stand out in your next interview and increase the chances of getting the job offer following the job interview?