fisrt at all u have to understand the role and that of the interviewer .as an interviewee u have 2 obligations
- sell your qualifications
- to evaluate the position and leave the interver with a solid understanding of the job's requirements .
before the interviw select 3or 5 accomplishments or skills that u consider to be major selling points after selecting this points figure out also some situations where u have demonstrated initiative,overcame challenges and streamlined a process
talk about your communication skills,teamwork skills,honesty and self confidence .If possible and whenever integrate this qualities in your responses
build a peronnal credibility : your appearance ,demeanor,posture and attitude
One big point and very important : check the interviewer and adapt yourself to his way and responses .Leave him with this message : " I am a personn that can sit near you and one day be a friend of you and the company " .WIthout to be obsesquious
turn the interview to a discussion by asking questions throughout the interview .it will underline your sincerity and show your commitments to your profesion and the industry
be ready to answer to thos questions :
1 ; tell me about yourself
2 where do you see yoursefl in five years
3 what is your achievment
4 give qualities and weknesses
Sorry if stating the obvious but just in case something was missed ...
One crutial thing you have to bear in mind, is that your first interviews are about learning to conduct an interview. So if you screw up in the first and second, then you should not be disheartened.
Good luck and let us know how you did.
• Be positive, visualise a favourable outcome.
• Research the company beforehand - what they make, turnover, number of staff, branches, equipment used, anything that shows that you are interested in them having taken the time to find all this out.
• Have available some non-contentious questions.
• Know your own work history thoroughly, especially the skills, experience and achievements which are particularly relevant.
• Know about your recruitment consultant, agency or other staff involved.
• For technical roles expect to answer technical questions or to take a technical test. Never try to bluff your way through these.
Interviews are about matching your skills to the requirement
The interviewer really does want to find the right person for the job. Put yourself in their shoes, would you really enjoy wading through masses of applications and interviews? They want to establish:-
• Can you do the job?
• Do you fit in?
• Will you complement / disrupt the department?
• Is the money right?
The Interview - Tactics
• Your aim is to be offered the job, or if there will be more than one round, your limited objective is to get to the next round.
• With one interview first impressions count most.
• Find out vvho you will be meeting, what their position is and what they will be looking for i.e. Personnel will have a different perspective than the IT Director.
• Plan how best you can present yourself. Be co-operative - help them understand your strengths.
• Remember all interviews are important. 'Rubber Stamp' final interviews even more so- your application could be vetoed.
• Be on time - give yourself plenty of time to get there. Carry the phone number just in case you are delayed.
• Do not go into the building until a maximum of 10 minutes and a minimum of 5 minutes before time.
• Check your appearance.
• Know how long the interview is likely to last.
Look around - get a sense of the place, atmosphere, people, visual effect.
• Be polite and friendly to receptionists / secretaries - they may be later asked to give an opinion.
Greet the interviewer with a friendly smile and a good firm handshake. Find out their name and use it.
Sit down only when invited to do so - smile when appropriate and make eye contact.
During the interview
• Listen to the question, pause to collect your thoughts and make sure you answer the question which is asked.
• Keep your answers crisp and to the point -don't waffle, making sure that you are getting across the information the interviewer is looking for.
• Make sure you show you have done your homework.
• Match your skills to their requirements.
• Be aware - mentally filing away information for later.
• Check are you doing yourself justice?
• Do not volunteer - stick to the question asked.
• Do not criticise your former / current employer.
Watch for jargon - which might have been common in your last firm and means nothing here.
As a general rule, it is best to leave salary negotiation to your recruitment consultant. However, you may be asked what salary you are looking for. If this occurs early in the interview you can simply state 'I'd like to discuss this later when I have more of an idea of what is required in the role'.
If asked at the end of an interview;
• Ask what the salary range for the job is.
• Never give a specific figure.
• You can indicate what your current / last salary and benefit package is / was.
• Contract rate negotiation should always be via your Consultant.
Closing the interview
Thank them - say you have enjoyed the meeting, that you are interested in the job
Do's & Don'ts
Be aware Be pompous
Listen Be verbose
Keep it relevant Stray from subject
Keep it crisp Volunteer
Be positive Be negative
Questions to ask:
• Why has the position become available?
• What is the culture like?
• What is the future for the team/project?
• What benefits do they offer?
• Confirm hours
• What is the scope for development?
• Level of staff turnover?
The night before your interview ,try to have enough sleep,this way you get up with a fresh mind.The look is the first thing that draw attention to you,so make sure you shaved your face,dressed up elegantly .Drew a smile on your face,that is a remarkable sign that show your self confidence.
Once you get in to be interviewed,give a firm hand shake to the interviewer,and introduce yourself:Hi!I am so and so!the answer will be :Nice to meet you,I am so & so!how are you today?,and of course your answer will be :nice to meet you,how are ?
The way you start the conversation,will make you immediately feel confident .
Pay attention to your answers,they have to be correct,avoid street talk,slung words,that way,you give the interviewer an image about your education,and the way to handle further communications.
Having the qualifications to obtain the job is not always necessary,the interviewer may need just to know how much serious you are in your work,and if you are determined and having an eye for details.
Wish you best of luck.
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