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