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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    Default Job interview tips


    Follow these steps

    Find out about the company:

    • What are its products or services?
    • What size is it?
    • Who are its competitors?
    You may wish to do some personal research.

    Ask for a job description before the interview to find out which of your skills and qualifications are relevant to the company. This will help you to prepare specifically for this job.

    - Find out about the structure of the interview.
    Most interviews follow a similar format:
    1. Questions based on your CV to explain your career path and ambitions
    • Pick out your skills or achievements that are directly relevant, and rehearse these
    • Be prepared to explain any unusual parts of your CV, such as any time taken out from employment or education
    2. General questions about you
    • How much do you know about the job?
    • What interests you about the job?
    • What skills or experience do you have that make you right for this job?
    • Why did you leave your last company?
    • What interests you about this company?
    • When have you had an opportunity to show initiative?
    • Who and what were you responsible for in your last job?
    • Can you give an example of when you coped well under pressure?
    • Do you prefer to work as an individual or as part of a team?
    • What are your three biggest achievements so far in your career?
    • What do you see as your good and bad characteristics?
    • What are your long term goals? How are you going to succeed in achieving them?
    • Tell me more about your hobbies and interests?
    • Are you considering any other jobs?
    3. Telling you about the company and position
    • Which department the vacancy is in, and how that fits into the company
    • Who you would be working for and with
    4. Your questions
    • Asking relevant questions shows you are interested, organised and able to plan ahead
    • Salary and benefits are important, but an employer will be more impressed if you ask questions about the company, the department and the job first
    • Good questions to ask are about training opportunities, who you will report to, who you will be working with, promotion prospects, what the working hours are and if there are peak periods when you will be expected to work longer hours
    5. Informing you of the next stage of the process and when you will hear if you have been successful
    • Whether there is a second or third round of interviews
    Find out about the details of the interview

    - What is the date, time and location?
    Allow plenty of time for the journey and aim to arrive at least ten minutes early. If you are held up, phone ahead and let them know. Do a trial run at getting there if necessary, and don't forget to check timetables or parking availability.

    - Who will be interviewing you?
    Be prepared for the possibility of a panel interview. In a panel interview, answer questions looking from one interviewer to another.

    - How should you dress?
    First impressions are important! Dress suitably for the company, and don't overdo your makeup, jewellery and perfume or aftershave. Hair should be clean and tidy. Take just one neat bag or briefcase with you. Be smart and clean, but make sure you are wearing something you are comfortable in. It is best to wear a slightly different outfit for a second interview at the same company, but do be as smart.

    - What should you take?
    A copy of your current CV (see the Amber Personnel information on CV advice - PM me if you want this) and all relevant certificates and references. A notepad and pen may also be handy, along with a few questions to ask the interviewer.

    - Ensure your personal safety
    • Make sure you are happy with the credentials of the recruiting company
    • If the interview is not held at the employer's office, ensure it is in a public place e.g. a hotel foyer
    • Make sure that someone knows where you are being interviewed
    • Make sure you have transport home arranged - do not accept a lift


    - How to behave
    • Shake the interviewer's hand firmly if he/she offers
    • Take the lead from the interviewer - note whether their attitude is formal or relaxed
    • Make eye contact (but don't stare!)
    • Smile where appropriate
    • Don't sit down until you are asked
    • Look alert and sit upright
    • Rest your hands on the table or on your lap to look calm and prevent fiddling
    • Don't eat or smoke even if invited, but do accept a coffee, tea or water if you want to

    - Answering questions
    • Listen carefully and concentrate, and don't interrupt
    • Show interest
    • Talk slowly and clearly
    • Keep your answers clear and to the point and avoid talking for too long
    • Take time if necessary before answering a question or ask for clarification if you are unsure of the meaning
    • Don't be afraid to admit if you can't answer the question
    • Don't criticise your current employer, or reveal confidential information
    • Be honest
    • Find opportunities to sell yourself, relating your skills to the job. An employer is looking for determination, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
    • Concentrate on positive words, such as "enjoy" and "enthusiastic"

    - Asking questions
    • Make questions relevant
    • Show that you have researched the company
    • Ask about training and who you will be working with
    • Leave questions about salary and benefits until a later stage of interviewing
    • Ask when you will be given a decision
    When the interview ends, do say if you haven't had the opportunity to put a point across or to ask a question. Say if you are interested in the job and thank the interviewer for seeing you.

    - After the interview

    If the interview does not create a job offer, do not be too disappointed. It is excellent experience for the future and it will help you to build on your interview technique.

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    Thank you, are you the author of these tips?

  3. #3
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    Mar 2009

    Smile thanks

    thank u sir for providing us such a useful information.........

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    Apr 2009



    I really liked your post, interesting perspective. Thanks a lot for sharing this useful information.

    It is a known fact that behind every question that is asked in a job interview there is another question that is hiding, or there is a concern. As an interviewee, it is your job to understand why the interviewer is asking you such questions. The job of the interviewer is primarily to test the interviewee and see whether he can adapt to situations and how he reacts to questions that he might not personally like. Moreover it is the duty of the interviewer to see whether the interviewee is suitable for the job and how responsible he would be towards the company.

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    Apr 2009

    Post Nice stuff...

    Overall, just remember to relax and try to enjoy the proces rather than getting all stressed and psyched up.

    Some amount of stress and stage fear is natural and even good for you. However, be careful not to let the event of interview overwhelm you.

    Remember, during an interview, easy really does it.

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    Apr 2009


    Factor 1. The First Impression.

    There's a saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true in an interview. Most interviewers make their minds up in the first five seconds as to whether you are right for the company or not. If they like what they see, statistics show you are 80% of the way to getting the job.

    Factor 2. A Smile.

    Smile naturally at everyone you meet when you arrive at the office. I'm not going to go into clothes, as common-sense prevails with that issue. My only advice is don't wear showy jewelry, overpowering perfume or aftershave or anything else that distracts the interviewer from focusing on you.

    Factor 3. Your Mindset.

    The interview is part of an attempt to solve your potential employer's needs, wants and desires. At this moment you are not part of their solution. The only way to become part of their solution is to understand their needs or problems. To do this you need to ask questions related to how you can help solve the potential employer's problems.

    For example, a great question that gets the focus heading in the right direction is "What do you want to make happen with this position?" Asking an employer what outcome or what they want to happen from this job completely turns the interview around and an interviewer or employer will start to tell you what they want. Now you can give them examples from your PAST (your resume) that demonstrate you can deliver the outcomes the employer is looking for. Now instead of talking about your past, you can now talk about your potential.

    Factor 4. Understanding the Mind of the Employer.

    Understand the purpose and reasoning behind questions and areas being discussed. To illustrate the power of this, let me give you a sticky interview question: "Why did you leave your last job?" It's a commonly asked question and it never fails to put interviewees off-balance. But once you understand the reasoning behind the question, it's suddenly a cinch to answer.

    Why are they asking? Because they want to be sure you don't do the same thing to them a few weeks after they hire you. Once you understand this, the question becomes much easier to answer doesn't it? My all-time favorite answer to this question would have to be: "I didn't want to but i saw his position advertised and it's the job i've always wanted!"

    Factor 5. Know What Interviewers Fear. Interviewers are human and as such fall victim to the FUD factor: "Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt." The sorts of things they are afraid of include:

    * You won't be able to do the job
    * What you said in your application may not be totally correct
    * It will cost them a lot of money if they do hire the wrong person

    And on, and on.

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    Apr 2009


    With the global economic downturn, job interview is becoming increasingly competitive. Prospective candidates are now coming out of their misconception that a job interview guaranteed them the job itself. There is fierce competition in the professional world and every candidate is hell bent on proving his/her worth at the few job interviews coming their way. In their bid to do so, some become over confident, while others lose out midway by becoming nervous. It should be remembered that a call for a job interview only suggests that the prospective employer would like to test you verbally as you have satisfied the required job profile.

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    Default Hello

    Hey,nice tips.I really like your tips and it is very interesting.Thanks for this useful information.

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    Default Hi

    it's fantastic!!!!!!!! I really liked your post. this site is very helpful. Thanks a lot for good Job interview tips. thanks again....

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    Yes,finding some information about company, its products and some more information from company website is very important when we are going to interview.BEcause many interviewers asking us about what do you know about this company and why u r joining this company and many more.

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    Jun 2010


    Quote Originally Posted by cvtemplate1025 View Post
    Yes,finding some information about company, its products and some more information from company website is very important when we are going to interview.BEcause many interviewers asking us about what do you know about this company and why u r joining this company and many more.

    Thanks very much for this comment. It help me to think about my ideals.

    Tks again and pls keep posting.

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    Oct 2010


    excellent notes. Thanks for sharing

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