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About Job Interview

About Job Interview

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This document describes some useful tips to prepare your next Job Interview.
This document describes some useful tips to prepare your next Job Interview.

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About Job Interview

This document describes some useful tips to prepare your next Job Interview.

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Prepare for Interview
Read the job description again carefully. You need to prove you possess the necessary attributes and skills. Practice interviews with a friend, a careers adviser or use the practice interviews, a video facility. The more preparation you do beforehand, the less nervous you'll feel on the day.

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Agendas
Interviews are business meetings and each of the participants has his or her agenda.

Interviewer's Agenda
To get a clear picture of your experience and strengths (and any weaknesses). To define accurately your usefulness against the company's needs. To evaluate you against others with similar backgrounds.

Your Agenda
To present your abilities and work experience in the most relevant manner to get the company excited about the possibility of employing you. To assess the company vis-à-vis your own needs. The first interview will normally be one-to-one, or a small panel interview which could last for up to 35 minutes.

Four step approach for success
Focus on the job
Read the original advertisement / job description and find out what the position entails. What do you know about the company? How many does it employ? Read the company brochure, company website and/ or annual report carefully.

Establish the ideal candidate
Work out a list of qualities or skills the interviewer will be looking for. For example, selfmotivation, teamwork, flexibility, coping with stress and dealing with the public may vary in importance for each job.

Plan your interview
You must be able to answer the list of requirements, with examples drawn from your own experiences. When you have prepared examples for all the requirements you will have a good idea of what you have to offer the company and what the interviewer will be interested in hearing about. If you have a disability and you need practical help (getting to the interview or maybe a signlanguage interpreter) it is a good idea to get in touch with the employer before the interview, if you have not already disclosed your disability. The employer will appreciate you

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http://learnenglishfromhome.blogspot.com/ http://aprenderinglesonline.blogspot.com/ getting in touch and you'll be more relaxed on the day. Even if you don't need help some people find it easier to address their disability in writing whereas others prefer to talk to someone face-to-face. Where a disability is not obvious some applicants might choose not to disclose their disability until they are sent for a medical examination. Consult the available resources and talk to your Career Adviser for advice on disclosure but remember it is your Page | 2 decision.

Practice
Role-play a practice interview with a friend. Get them to give you feedback What does your body language say? Are you giving coherent and relevant answers? Practice talking aloud to yourself in front of a mirror. The Careers Service arranges practice interviews, on a one-to-one basis with a careers adviser or on video.

Golden rules for answering questions
Reply to the question that is asked, not the one you might like to answer - in other words, listen. Always be positive. Even when things have gone badly for you, try to think positively about what you have learned from the experience. Promote your strengths - leave others to identify weaknesses. Remember you should not be asked, nor are you required to answer, any questions regarding: race, ancestry, political beliefs, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, membership of the traveller community or age. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Be ready to recognise simple questions calling for a brief answer. Be prepared to expand on something, which seems to interest the interviewer. Cut short descriptions when they are clearly not so interested. Mature candidates should avoid the trap of appearing to want to draw a line on previous experience and starting afresh - your time spent in the workplace already, whatever the level of responsibility, is an asset and an area where you can 'shine' above conventional new graduates. Ask for clarification - don't pretend to know something that you do not or try to answer a question you have not understood. Speak clearly but not too fast. If the employer knows about your ill health/disability present yourself in a positive manner. Highlight your achievements to date and show how you have gained unique yet transferable skills from the experiences and challenges you met. Demonstrate how your disability has not limited your academic or work performance and personal achievements. Don't allow the focus of the interview to be your disability, and do not use the interview as an opportunity to air past grievances. Remember employers want candidates who are positive and enthusiastic. You can make suggestions to the interviewer regarding adjustments you would need to have made - do this as employers are aware of their need to address this agenda. Try to avoid mannerisms - don't fidget. Be enthusiastic, but most of all be yourself.

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http://learnenglishfromhome.blogspot.com/ http://aprenderinglesonline.blogspot.com/ At the end of the interview you will have a chance to ask questions. Have one ready.

Give yourself time before the interview
If the interview is being held at the company's premises, make sure you know the address and that you have checked out the transport situation. Ensure that you arrive on time. Page | 3

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