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Successful Interviews

Making the most of the interview

Interview = A meeting with an objective . organization or firm. During this process. the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the job. A job interview is a process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their company.Interviews An interview is a conversation between two people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee.

• Employer’s objective is to find the best person for the job – Employer: reviews candidate’s experience and abilities • Can you do the job? (skills. abilities. attitude & motivation) • How will you fit into the organisation? (personality) • You: impress employer and assess position on offer • What does this position offer me? • How does it fit with my career plans? • You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate for this position . qualifications) • Will you do the job? (interest.

IMPORTANCE OF INTERVIEW SKILLS Life is full of challenges. To meet the challenges of professional life. and expressive personality. one should have strong past educational background along with integrated multi dimensional skills. To qualify for a professional degree or a job. one has to be familiar with many skills to grab the attention of an interviewer. out of which Interview skills are the basic necessities to meet up the future challenges with success. . Talents and Skills are the only tools. confidence. It’s of no use acquiring higher degree without building character. which could lead an individual towards the door of success in this challenging time.

reports. articles. experiences and qualities • Check CV • Anticipate questions and identify relevant answers – Research organisation • Websites. • Knowledge of organisation or sector • Personal visit or telephone call – Research job and occupational area • Job description – or similar • Current issues – Prepare your questions . etc. company literature.Preparation is the key to success – Review own skills.

Watch the Body Language • • • • • • • First impressions very powerful Allow time to relax Dress appropriately Entrance. introductions & handshake Smile and make eye contact Be aware of own movements Watch body language of interviewer .

Ask questions about the organization and its direction.At the Interview • • • • • • Arrive a few minutes early. and challenges the organization faces etc. Refer to your past work experience and education. training opportunities. enthusiastic. in a friendly. Listen carefully. especially your accomplishments. concise answer to the question that was asked. Make a good impression with a smile. Asking for clarification is acceptable. Don't linger. Be certain you've heard and understood each question. ask when they anticipate a decision will be made and how they will inform the candidates. Take your time to give a good. good eye contact. confident manner. and leave • • • . As a last question. Say thank you. Be polite to everyone you meet. for examples of your abilities and how you could add value to the organization. restate your interest in working with them. a firm handshake.

Bring me up to date with your CV? – Why did you choose that particular degree programme? – What experience have you had that is relevant to this post? – What would you consider your major achievements to date? .Typical Questions • About you – Tell me about yourself .

what would be your priorities? • General Knowledge – Founders of various organisation – About your country .• About the job – What interests you about this job? – What do you know about this organisation? – How do you see your career developing – 5 years? – If you were Head of Department.

Matching Skills to Requirements Employer needs Communication Team work Leadership Initiative IT Commercial awareness Your evidence Presentation to class Example from Coop Class rep. Committee Fundraising for charity Designed website Business pages .

seek clarification • Illustrate answers with real examples and evidence • Be positive Keep answers specific and succinct • Take time to respond • Be alert to interviewer’s body language • Speak clearly. smile and show enthusiasm • Know what you want to say. and find the opportunity .Your Answers • Listen carefully.

Qualities Employers Seek • • • • • • • • Good all-round intelligence Enthusiasm. commitment and motivation Good communication skills Team work ability Ability to solve problems Capacity to work hard Initiative and self-reliance Balanced personality .

Your Questions • • • • • • • Training programmes Career development opportunities Types of projects & responsibilities Reporting structure Performance appraisal Profile of staff Questions about topics raised in interview .

What creates a bad impression • • • • • • • • Poor personal appearance Negative attitude –using excuses Lack of interest and enthusiasm Lack of preparation Poor knowledge of role Failure to give concrete examples of skills Over emphasis on money/rewards Lack of career plan .

quiet place Advise flatmates re answering phone Have copy of CV and company information Have pen and paper at hand Prepare for usual interview questions Practice on phone – Record answers – Try standing – Smile and use gestures – Avoid monotones • Be yourself .Telephone Interviews • • • • • • • Prepare as thoroughly as for ‘real’ interview Select comfortable. private.

After the Interview Review own performance what went well what went badly what you wished you had said prepare for next stage Rejection letter / email if you can request feedback .use it .