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JOB INTERVIEW

What is job interview? A job interview is an oral process of eliciting and providing information that benefits both the EMPLOYER and the JOB APPLICANT. It helps the employer to decide whether the applicant is the most suitable person for the job.

GOALS OF JOB INTERVIEWS


APPLICANTS:
To promote oneself as the most suitable

candidate To respond to questions concerning personal and educational background, work experience, the job applied, future career plans and personal qualities To impress the interviewers both professionally and personally so that the applicants will be offered the job

GOALS OF JOB INTERVIEWS


JOB INTERVIEWERS: To find out if the applicants fit the job To get relevant information about the applicants To decide whether the applicant is the most suitable person for the job

PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW


Study the background of the

company WHY?
Learning about the company is important because knowing what a company values will help you prepare yourself for the interview

WHAT?
1. 2. 3. 4. Objective Mission/vision Values Accomplishments/achievements

HOW?
Read corporate websites

Call the company for more

information Talk to employees at the company to gain inside information of the working culture of the company Refer to the career centers

Refer to the companys

pamphlets, brochures or annual reports which might be put in the

reception areas
Make some notes on the

companys product, annual sales,


recent development of the

PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW


PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS

Birth certificates Identity cards SPM result Transcripts Related certificates Related documentation

TIMING

Never late to an interview Know the exact place and

time of the meeting Allow plenty of time to get to the interview and plan to arrive early

Tips to remember:
Dress professionally for the interview- the

attire plays a very supporting role/it helps your image as you are serious about the job In some industries where customer contact and image presentation is necessary, your attire will be well judged Your behavior, interpersonal skills and ability are equally important elements that reflect your personality. Carry your documents in clear folder Do not carry fancy files Arrange the original copies of your documents

DURING THE INTERVIEW


Listen and face the person speaking

Good eye contact


Wait to be seated Sit up straight Look and be confident Smile Make sure to speak slowly and pronounce clearly Dont interrupt the interviewer while they talk Take your time to think of the best possible

answer to the questions before speaking up

Do keep your answers short Rehearse answers to personal

questions,educational background, working experience, and also other common queries, and why you want this particular job
Remember to say thank the person for the

interest shown

PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEW (ATTIRE FOR MEN)


DOS DRESS FORMAL WEAR DARK-COLOURED TAILORED TROUSERS LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS IN LIGHT COLOURS NECKTIES SHOULD NOT BE TOO FANCY OR COLOURFUL DARK SOCKS AND POLISHEDSHOES SHORT AND WELL-GROOMED HAIR CLEAN-SHAVED/WELL-TRIMMED NO ACCESSORIES

PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEW (ATTIRE FOR WOMEN)


Dos
Wear suitable clothes Avoid too bright colours A little make-up helps Wear comfortable court shoes with heels Clothes should be formal e.g baju kurung, kebaya, or long skirt with a blouse would be appropriate

PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEW (ATTIRE FOR WOMEN)


Donts Wear tight/revealing clothes Wear too much jewelleries- they can distract the interviewers attention Too much make-up Very high heeled shoes

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
INTERVIEWER
PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND
WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION BACKGROUND

QUALITIES REQUIRED
SPECIAL SKILLS/TALENTS PERSONAL QUALITIES

PREPARE SUITABLE ANSWERS!

SKILLS & STRENGTHS


GENERAL INTERESTS FUTURE PLANS

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (1)


Could you tell about yourself?

How would you describe yourself?


Do you have any hobbies? What do you do when

you have free time? Could you tell about your educational background? What was your favorite subject at the polytechnic? Why? Tell us more about your final semester project. According to your resume, you are very active in co-curricular activities at the school/polytechnic. In your opinion, how important is curricular

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (2)


What do you really want to do in life?

What are your strengths?


What is one of your major weaknesses? What have you learned from your mistake? What was your biggest mistake? What did you do

to remedy it? Do you have any working experience? Why do you choose this company?/ What do you know about the company? What makes you qualified for this position?

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (3)


Do you think that you are the most suitable

candidate for this position? Why should I hire you? Why do you think you would enjoy this particular job? What motivates you in your job? How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams? Why? / Do you feel comfortable working with others? How do you feel if you have to work during weekends and after office hours? Are you willing to travel overseas?

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (4)


Do you consider yourself a

leader?/ Do you think you have the ability to be a leader to a team?


What do you think the most

important quality that a leader needs to have?

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (5)


How do you describe your working

style?
What do you plan to do in five years

time? / Where do you see yourself five years from now?


What is your expected salary?

EXAMPLES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (6)


Your exam results are not really

impressive. Tell us why should we benefit in hiring you. Do you intend to further your studies? What can you contribute if you join our organization? Which is more important: qualification or experience? Why?