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The interview is when employers will get to know your personality, interests, goals, and objectives. You will no longer be a list of skills and experiences on a piece of paper; this is your opportunity to give specific examples and anecdotes and explain how these experiences make you the perfect candidate for the position. It is the perfect time to demonstrate your interest in the position and your knowledge about the company and the industry. This is the time for the employer to find out who you are, so be yourself.
What Employers Are Looking For:
Interviews can be very stressful, but the best way to overcome this is to be prepared and know what employers are looking for:
Job candidates with a definite idea of their goals, objectives, strengths, and skills. Candidates who are knowledgeable about the position they are interviewing for, the company and its products, and the industry overall. Candidates who can match their own skills and experiences with the needs of the company. Candidates who are confident in themselves and their ability to contribute to the company. Candidates who can discuss past experiences and give specific examples that demonstrate their skills and accomplishments.
Another way to decrease the stress of an interview is to prepare beforehand. Review your resume and make sure you know your skills, experiences, goals, interests, accomplishments, and objectives inside and out. You'll be asked a lot of open-ended questions, and you will need to be able to give specific examples and articulate yourself clearly and concisely. Familiarize yourself with the most common Questions Asked by an Employer. Develop answers to these questions, but do not memorize your answers. Make sure all of your responses are positive and highlight your skills and accomplishments. When asked about difficult or negative experiences, describe those experiences as learning experiences. During the interview, the employer will not be the only person asking questions; you are expected to ask questions throughout the interview, as well as at the end when the inevitable question is asked: "So, do you have any questions for me?" Always ask questions. If the employer has answered all of your questions already, come up with something else to ask about. Your questions can demonstrate your interest in the position and your knowledge about the company and industry. Keep your entire questions job related.
TIPS FOR INTERVIEW:
Here are a few suggestions on how to approach the interview process:
Research the company. It is good to become familiar with the organization, the position and the person who may be your boss. Try to match your skills and experience to the position you are seeking. Look good. First impressions are lasting, so make it count. Projecting a confident and professional image is essential. Dress professionally, but don't overdo it with jewelry or excessive perfume or cologne. Know the location of the interview. Consider driving/ arriving at the location in advance. Rushing around trying to find the facility can add to your nervousness. Know your resume. Be prepared to discuss and defend every aspect of your education and career experience. Focus more on the interview, less on the job. There's time to evaluate the job and whether you want it after the interviewer has learned about you. For now, your goal is to get invited back for a second interview or an offer. Then you can decide if the job is just what you want. Talk about your previous contributions. Prospective employers are interested in knowing how you made a difference in your previous job. In a way, you need to convince the interviewer that you're the answer to the company's needs.
Cover five topics including personal introduction. It's just an interview. A few good examples may be a) Your ability to prioritize. as you may need the information later. ask for clarification. Or what are your weakness? The interviewer who asks this question is looking to see how honest you are with yourself. Try to visualize various things like your clothing. Following the interview there is a way in which you can be contacted. Seize opportunities to tell the prospective employer how good you are. what is your strength? For this question numerous answers are good. etc. Since this is often the opening question in an interview. After the interview. Choose your words carefully and don't talk too much. Get the names and titles of the people with whom you interview. physical presentation. Answer questions directly and concisely. This is your chance to show that you are honest and take . Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. b) Your problem-solving skills. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Don't run away. Back to top 2. 3. and recent career experience. in addition to your strong academic background. Try to leave a good final impression by letting the interviewer know you really want the job and that you're ready to move to the next step in the employment process. Don't overdo it. items to bring. Tell something about yourself. and don't avoid answering the question. Tell something about your weakness. The most often asked question in interviews. speak clearly and get to the point. Grab an annual report. Obtain resources. g) your positive attitude towards works etc. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. just stay positive. d) Your ability to focus on projects. Look for ways to sell yourself. but speak confidently about your skills. working conditions. Listen carefully. Most people only retain 20 percent of what they hear. You also are interviewing the company. Write down important data. If that doesn't feel right. Bit of a tricky question this. Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. Start with questions about the organization and move to career growth. c) Your ability to work under pressure. be extra careful that you don't run off at the mouth. TYPICAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Here is a list of the repeated questions that relate to almost any type of job. even if you are out of town.. not the gallows. eye contact. f) your leadership skills. What is your greatest / best strength? Or. work history. Please note that an interviewer may also ask questions that relate to the specific position that you are applying for. etc. body language. Don't pretend you don't have weaknesses. Be sure the spelling is correct. product information or other data that will give you a better picture of the company and the kind of work you might be doing. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present. Be careful not to boast. after all no one wants to show their weaknesses but we all have them. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Pause briefly after each question before you respond to be sure the interviewer has finished speaking. Save benefits and compensation for last. Emphasize this last subject. early years. and how well you deal with your own shortcomings. education. simply ask about the next step in the process. too. Don't become invisible. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. e) your professional expertise. Select your words. don't just hop up and head down the hall. Bring your questions. so imagine the experience in advance. Don't waste your best points on it. Avoid fear by visualizing the interview. 1. If you don't understand.
even if that is why you're there. Yours is one of the few that interests me. "Well. But don't act as if you know everything about the place. is "How do you handle pressure?" Examples of good responses include: o Stress is very important to me. A good explanation is that you have set goals. The appropriate way to deal with stress is to make sure I have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress. Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes and briefly explain why.” The most comprehensive way of dealing with this question is to try and turn it into a “positive” from a “negative”. With stress. 8. you could say.. Observe that experienced executives are always at a premium. image. I react to situations. 9. Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. for these reasons. Say that a growing. Back to top 6. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. and make it clear that you wish to learn more.. should be based on the research you have done on the organization. If you have been disorganized in the past. Relate it to your long-term career goals. A good way to answer this question is to mention your weakness. goals. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research. the employer will get a fast return on his investment. 7. but don't try to overwhelm the interviewer. Anything else is a distraction. 10. Now on the raining days. or even regulatory demands as you collect your thoughts about the direction in which your business is heading. always forgetting assignments and birthdays. 4. Mention that a strong company needs a strong staff. and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. and that's why I'm here". energetic company can never have too much talent. "You could also say. I don‟t have straight way transport or bus service from my residence to the office. I get up earlier in the morning and rush out to my office to reach on time. and say that you assume that if you perform well in his job. How do you handle stress and pressure? A typical interview question. reputation." Give your answer a positive tone. I've investigated a number of companies. Why do you want to work for this organization? This may take some thought and certainly. You might consider technological challenges or opportunities. 5. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. then tell what you have done to overcome that weakness. I actually work better under pressure and I've found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment. I do the best possible job. the situation is handled and doesn't become stressful. That way. revenues. Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. new opportunities will open up for you. asked to get a sense of how you handle on-the-job stress. rather than to stress. So. "I used to be very disorganized. What important trends do you see in our industry? Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry. occasionally. You should be able to discuss products or services. economic conditions. people. You might start your answer in this manner: "In my job search. history and philosophy. problems. But I managed to work out a computerized system of to-do lists and reminders that keeps me on top of everything. Don't say. o o . Suggest that since you are so well qualified. during the rainy days I had difficulties in finding a rickshaw to reach the bus stop and I would get late. everyone tells me that you're in all sorts of trouble. I need good stress to stay motivated and productive. What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. What's your opinion? Emphasize your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization. management style. Find out where they have been and where they are going.responsibility for your actions.
can contribute and can‟t wait to get to work. you strain credibility. Why did you leave your last job? Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. say something like. If you do. What has disappointed you about a job? Don‟t get trivial or negative. What kind of salary do you need? A loaded question. like the people. Give a little advance thought to this relationship. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity. Be sure to have examples ready. Are you a team player? You are. Can you tell me the range for this position?” In most cases. and if you can live with it. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors. This is a key point. 14. co-workers or the organization. just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. Safe areas are few but can include: . will tell you. a team player. of course. If there is. get as close as you can. say that the range seems right to you. There is no better answer. you might say that you feel you need to know more about the position's responsibilities before you could give a meaningful answer to that question. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. Stay away from a specific job. "that‟s a tough question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Instead. If you say the job you are contending for is it. You should be anxious for this question. If you say another job is it. the interviewer. So. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. do not answer it. 16. Tell me about your dream job. If the people I am managing are contributing to my stress level. I manage stress by visiting the gym/ walking a mile every evening. But whenever possible. say that it can depend on the details of the job.o o o From a personal perspective. The best is to stay generic and say something like: A job where I love the work. Back to top 15. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization. Do not brag. If you do not have specific experience. What is more important to you: the money or the work? Money is always important. At that point. 13. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. It's a great stress reducer. 12. you know that the company is genuinely interested in you and that it is likely to be flexible in salary negotiations. too. What experience do you have in this field? Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. Here. but the work is the most important. 17. I discuss options for better handling difficult situations with them. a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. If not. You cannot win. either by asking the interviewer or „Executive Search firm‟ (if one is involved). Back to top 11. you can try to find out whether there is a salary grade attached to the job. you will be the one looking bad. say as little as you can about salary until you reach the "final" stage of the interview process. If you are asked the question during an initial screening interview. or in research done as part of your homework. Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done when has helped me effectively manage pressure on the job. 18. taken off guard. Then give a wide range.
to the point. In your current (last) position. Achievement. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract. 23. A potential boss is likely to wonder if you might talk about him in similar terms at some point in the future. so don't make-up a story for an interview. 27. and the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and effectively with others. 28. but good examples are: Challenge. Would you be willing to relocate if required? You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. 26. 22. say so. Back to top 24. If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. Don't cite personality problems. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. The most difficult task is to motivate and manage employees to get something planned and completed on time and within the budget. otherwise. Remember that your references are likely to be checked. Where you considered this topic as you set your reference statements." 29. the result of your action. Do not say “yes” just to get the job if the real answer is “no”. well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. I would like to. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job? (if there is one) Be brief. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief. What do you look for when You hire people? Think in terms of skills. The "We agreed to disagree" approach may be useful. . execution. If you make your last job sound terrible. What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or executive? Mention planning. which would have given you more responsibility. and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. 25. Make it small. indicate that the move was your decision. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. particularly if it is clear that you were terminated. 19. What do you think of your boss? Be as positive as you can. Don't answer. Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. an interviewer may wonder why you remained there until now. and cost-control. Mention that you like to hire people who appear capable of moving up in the organization. An example would be “working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off”. Do you have any questions for me? Always have some questions prepared.. Recognition 21.Not enough of a challenge. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples. Do not mention personality conflicts. initiative. what features do (did) you like the most? The least? Be careful and be positive. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good.. Describe more features that you liked than disliked." Relate your goals to the company you are interviewing: 'in a firm like yours. "I want the job you've advertised. What are your long-range goals? Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. 20. The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue.
" Needless to say. The young accountant replied that he saw himself as the comptroller of a large corporation. In other words. 31. You do not want to give the impression that you're simply using this company as a stepping-stone to another career. Describe your Management style. instead of one size fits all. I will leave to go work for someone else. .30. like progressive. They know that 75% of the people they hire will leave within 10 years. "I'm just using your firm to teach me and then after you spend your resources training me. Try to avoid labels. he was not offered a position with the CPA firm. because it says you will manage according to the situation. Where do you expect your career to be in 10 years? (Be careful here. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. but they do not want to hire someone who comes in with that plan. salesman or consensus.) There is a story about a young accountant who was asked this question by a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) firm during an interview. Think of a related managerial position within the company that would interest you. Some of the more common labels. The situational style is safe.
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