An interview is more than a conversation. It is an informational and subjective evaluation for both the employer and the employee. Interviews require PREPARATION, Preparation for the QUESTIONS, THE SUBJECT (You), and THE COMPANY.
Keep in mind that interviewing is an art.
It requires skill and practice.
Nervousness and anxiety are common.
Readiness and rehearsal are your best defence.
Employer seeks mature, enthusiastic men and women for various positions.
- Hearty Handshake
- Professional, conservative, dress
- Warn smile appreciated
- Good eye contact essential
- Specific, concrete and detailed explanation of reasons why company should hire you
- Articulate, intelligent questions a plus
WHAT THE EMPLOYER WANTS FROM YOU
- What skills and abilities you possess – particularly those related to the job
- Why you chose your field
- Interest in your field
- Interest in the position
- What coursework/knowledge you possess
- Eye contact
- Verbal skills
WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE EMPLOYER
- Details about the position – Responsibilities, Supervisor’s expectation
- Training you will receive
- Does the position meet your expectations
- How will the position enhance your career goals
- Get a feeling for
- Company atmosphere
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
- Identify your strengths
- Research the company
- Practice interviewing
- Dress professionally and conservatively
AT THE INTERVIEW
- Arrive on time
- Greet the interviewer with a warm smile
- Be specific, concrete , and detailed in your answers
- Be aware of non-verbal messages you convey
- Do not mention salary in a first interview unless the employer does
- Ask articulate, intelligent questions at opportune moments, but preface them with statements that demonstrate you have done your “homework” on the company. Your questions should convey enthusiasm and a sincere interest in the position
- Be prepared to adapt to different styles of interviewing Some interviews are more structured than others. Note when the interviewer is bored or interested in what you are saying; take verbal and nonverbal cues from him or her.
- If you are asked about weaknesses in your background, do not deny them. However, never volunteer information which will reflect negatively on you
- Ask the interviewer when a decision will be made and if and when you can call to find out about it. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for the time spent with you, and express your interest in the position
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
- Take notes on what you felt your weaknesses were in the interview or questions you had difficulty answering, and determine how you could improve your next interview
- If you are interested in the position, type a brief letter to the interviewer letting him or her know of your interest and expressing appreciation for the time and consideration given to you
- If offered the position, one to two weeks is a reasonable amount of time for you to ask for before making a decision. All offers of employment deserve a reply, preferably written, whether or not you accept the offer
Keep in mind that all questions serve a specific function. To help you better understand the purpose of the conversation, we are also going to tell you why you are asked these questions.
ICE – BREAKERS
Did you have any trouble getting here?
Purpose: To put you at ease
Can you believe this weather ?
To engage in informal conversation
You mentioned on your resume that you travel .... Where do you like to go?
EDUCATION AND WORK HISTORY
Tell me about yourself
To assess your background and skills in relation to the position
Why did you choose our company?
Why did you choose your particular major?
To decide how you will react and make decisions in the future
What courses do you like most? Least?
What activities have you participated in outside of class?
To judge transferable skills
Tell me about your grades – overall and in your major?
How do you finance your education?
What has been your most rewarding college experience?
What have you learned from the other jobs you have held?
Why should I hire you?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What kinds of personal satisfaction do you hope to gain from work?
To determine how well you understand yourself
What motivates you?
To obtain information about your motives
AMBITIONS AND PLANS
What does success mean to you?
To learn how much you have thought about future goals
What are your goals?
To know the degree of your ambition
What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to succeed in your field?
To see if your goals are realistic and to find out how actively you pursue your goals
What do you know about our company?
Why did you choose to interview with our firm?
To see if you have conscientiously researched the company
Are we the type of firm you would seek out for employment upon graduation?
To determine if you are a “good match” for the organisation
What do you feel our company has to offer you? What do have to offer us?
To reveal your interest in the company
WIND-UP AND PROCEDURAL
When could you begin work?
Closing for the interview
Do you have any more questions?
Opportunity for additional comments or questions
Is there anything else I should know about you?
After today’s interview, do you still think the position is best suited for you?
A last chance to “sell” yourself
Although uncommon, these are sometimes asked by an unsavvy interviewer. You are not required to provide this personal information. Your best response may be “ How do you feel that information is relevant to the position?”
Are you married?
How old are you?
What is your nationality?
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ASK
What are the duties and responsibilities for this position?
To express your interest in the position
Can you describe for me a typical day on the job?
Can I expect more responsibilities as I master previous duties?
Will I be working with other candidates in this position?
Will you be my immediate supervisor? (If so,) what are your personal expectations?
Does the company have long-term plans for this department?
Is there a training or orientation programme for new employees?
What are the organization’s future goals?
To help you determine if you want the job
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD NOT ASK
How much is the salary?
Any question that begins with , “If you should decide not to hire me ...”
You don’t expect me to work overtime, do you?
THE INTERVIEW IN A NUTSHELL ......
IN 15 – 20 MINUTES, YOU MUST
- Talk about the job and relate it to your skills and strengths
- Make it a conversation
- Avoid ‘yes/no” responses
- Tell the interviewer about your highlights
- Listen carefully to your interviewer
For Interview Assistance and Training,
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11 SKILLS EVERY GRADUATE MUST DEVELOP
- Assess your resources
- Organisational skills, planning skills and time management
- Information management
- Define your aims and goals
- Implementation of skills
- Improve your networking skills
- Improve communication and Interaction skills
- Improve people-management skills and team work
- Importance of computing knowledge
- Factor learning/ Technical knowledge
- Build your resume and your projects
5 SKILLS EVERY BOSS LOOKS FOR IN YOU!
- Time Management
- Being a team player
- Efficient communication
5 SKILLS EVERY EMPLOYER WANTS