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Title: Earthsoft Foundation of Guidance presents -To face interview and succeed in getting a dream job

To face interview To succeed in getting a dream
  • Interview
  • Before interview
  • During interview
  • Preparation - Likely questions
  • Entire process
  • Dos Donts
  • Attire

Definition of interview
  • Face-to-face contact communication with anyone
    having authority to hire or supervise, to
    evaluate based on your education, experience
    skills and personality

They want to know that what you know instead of
that what you dont know.
  • To understand the purpose of the interview
  • To prepare for your interview
  • To develop strategies techniques for a good

The Purpose
  • To evaluate
  • Your abilities, talents, interests, personality,
    work experience, education, and motivation
  • Communication between employer you
  • Employer needs, history, work environment,
    business activities, and future plans
  • To test your ability to operate under pressure
  • To demonstrate your problem-solving skills
  • To conclude compatibility about the job
  • How effective you communicate?
  • How successfully you both close it?

Need of interview
  • To evaluate your personality check
  • Smartness, Energy
  • Education, Knowledge, Expertise
  • Experience, Reliability, Ability to execute
  • Vision
  • Convincing power, Communication skill
  • Decision making ability
  • Leadership quality, Team work
  • Personality Habits, Hobbies, Health
  • Body language, Attitude

Interview Skills
  • Have a Plan
  • Demonstrate your desire to work
  • Verbal Non-Verbal Communication
  • Smile, make eye contact
  • Bonding Moment
  • Concise vocabulary
  • Hand Shakes
  • Demonstrate Energy
  • Precise Time in Time Out
  • Be Flexible
  • Be honest , sincere polite

Ten Most Marketable Skills
  • Technical
  • Analytical / Problem Solving
  • Flexibility / Versatility
  • Interpersonal
  • Oral / Written Communication
  • Organization / Planning
  • Time Management
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Self-Starter / Initiative
  • Team Player

Interview process
  • Based on quality of your resume credentials
  • Initial employment interview
  • Pre-screening process
  • Ability tests
  • Language tests
  • Personality tests
  • Followed by 2nd / 3rd interviews till closure
  • Letter of appointment
  • Acceptance
  • Joining

Tool Box for the Successful Job Search
Beginning of Job Search
  • Research the organization
  • Read Job description, knowledge, skills
    abilities required of the position
  • Assess the value you have to offer to position
  • Match experience to the job requirements
  • Be realistic, Think about yourself opportunity
  • What did you like most in past? Would this job
    offer what you like or is it still better?
  • How do you interact with others?
  • What motivates you?
  • Know your qualifications and limitations both

Know Yourself
  • List adjectives that describe yourself
  • Create table of job satisfaction factors
  • Rank personal values
  • Analyze past work experiences
  • Assess strengths weaknesses
  • List life career goals
  • Stay aware of current events
  • Assemble and review job portfolio
  • Review notes on employer
  • Match your qualifications to their needs
  • Formulate questions to ask

Check before interview
  • Check the current unemployment rate trends
  • Is it employers or employees market?
  • Ambition reality to converge
  • Prepare for interview from the beginning
  • First impressions last forever, you only get one
    chance, opportunity knocks only a once!
  • Attempt fully prepared, easier it will be
  • While your resume opens the door, the interview
    keeps it open or closes it quickly

Need to know
  • Size Age of company
  • Number of employees
  • Divisions and subsidiaries
  • Locations/length of time there
  • Services or products
  • New products or projects
  • Growth pattern
  • Sales/assets/earnings
  • Reputation, Culture and values
  • Competitors within the industry

Preparing for the Interview
  • Prepare a resume
  • Prepare a brief precise profile note
  • Prepare anticipated questions rehearse the
  • Prepare a file having copies of resume,
    references, education work certificates, etc
  • Remember to bring a set of stationary like white
    paper, pen, pencil, eraser, etc
  • Review your work history projects
  • Write questions about the job or organization
  • Be prepared for surprises

Before the Interview
  • Find out and record where, when, and with whom
    you will interview with
  • Will I be only one interviewed during this time?
  • What kind of questions will be asked?
  • How can I best prepare for the interview?
  • What are the names profiles of interviewers?
  • Any question or doubt about organisation emerged
    from the research
  • Psychological Preparation
  • Put yourself in the right frame of mind
  • Show self-confidence, be prepared

Develop pursue career goals
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Identify challenges you are looking for
  • Know what you want to accomplish
  • Your short-term long term career goals?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Is it aligned to your goals?
  • What do you want from this job?
  • What is compatibility between profile job?
  • Why should employer hire you?
  • Have a focus a time bound plan or agenda
  • What are you doing to achieve your goals?

Getting the interview
  • Confident hand shake, you have a skill set that
    organisation needs, be genuinely interested
  • Be prepared for everything Technical,
    Behaviour, HR, Finance related questions
  • Remain professional offer pleasant smile
  • Never expose previous negative experiences
  • Practice online test for the subject matter
  • Always set yourself apart wherever possible
  • Interview is an opportunity to impress employers
  • If you feel good then let the employer know

Get Organized!
  • Greeting
  • Small talk
  • Confident, Can-Do statements
  • Strategy
  • Deliver topic sentences
  • Provide concrete examples
  • Organize for conciseness
  • Adapt to audience
  • Closing (memorize)
  • Summarize qualifications
  • Reinforce interest in position

Convey Confidence
  • Appearance
  • Dress
  • Posture
  • Gestures
  • Attitude
  • Attention
  • Eye contact
  • Voice quality
  • Resume
  • Preparation

Interview - Dos and Donts
  • Do not chew gum or smoke
  • Do not distract the interviewer
  • Do not bring family or friendsDo not use slang
  • Do not ramble
  • Do formulate your answers
  • before beginning to speak

Dos Donts
Dos Dont
Listen Exaggerate qualifications
Paraphrase/clarify Give yes/no responses
Engage elaborate Criticize previous employer
Monitor body language Be nervous
While at interview
  • Do find out the exact time and place of the
    interview arrive 10 minutes early and relax!
  • Be in a neat appearance
  • Dress appropriately, Keep perfume to a minimum,
    check personal cleanliness
  • Pay particular attention to fingernails.
  • Freshen up
  • Be energetic and with self-confidence
  • Do bring a copy of resume and other supporting
    data, perhaps in a portfolio

Interview DOs
  • Treat people with courtesy respect
  • Address interviewer Mr. or Ms. First / last name
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
  • Sit still in seat avoid fidgeting and slouching.
  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and
    have a friendly expression when greeted
  • Listen be sure to understand interviewers name
    and the correct pronunciation
  • Organize your thoughts and apply your knowledge,
    skills and abilities
  • Switch off the mobile/wireless device

Interview DOs
  • Think globally! Relate experiences to
    demonstrate your qualifications skills
  • Back up statements with specific examples
  • Ask clarification if question is not understood
  • Be thorough in responses, be concise in wording,
    be affirmative
  • Use good grammar diction
  • Say yes, not yeah Dont fill pauses with um
    uh or ah. Dont punctuate sentences with
    you know, I like that, I see , okay,
    wonderful or great, etc

Interview DOs
  • Treat the interview seriously and show interest
    in the employer and the opportunity presented
  • Respond to questions in a positive manner.
  • Answer the question, use professional experiences
    descriptive to demonstrate how you would
    respond to a situation

Interview DOs
  • Watch the tone of your voice
  • Make sure answers have a definite flow. In the
    beginning state major points in the middle
    expand upon those points or ideas, and in the end
    reinforce your key points and end on a positive
  • Make sure you understand the employers next step
    in the hiring process know when and from whom
    you should expect to hear next
  • Evaluate the interviewer and the organization.
    An interview is a two-way street.

Interview Donts
  • Dont treat the interview casually
  • Dont keep on talking
  • Dont bring up the subject of salary, Dont
    impress that you are only interested in salary
  • Dont be afraid to ask questions
  • Dont make excuses.
  • Dont avoid taking responsibility for your
    decisions and your actions.
  • Dont make negative comments about previous
    employers or supervisors (or others)
  • Dont act as though you would take any job or are
    desperate for employment.

For successful interviewing
Successful Interviewees
  • Analyze situation audience
  • Organize knowledge and experience
  • Convey confidence
  • Handle questions
  • Reduce anxiety

Differentiating yourself
  • Briefing about yourself
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Your understanding about job description
  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why you feel more suitability about the job
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why are you looking to leave current position?
  • Light moments - How would your colleagues boss
    describe you at work? Outside of work?

During the Interview
  • Be on time, Be friendly
  • Show your enthusiasm
  • Be positive and honest
  • Maintain eye contact, express yourself
  • Dont criticize previous employers
  • Be aware of body language
  • Be a good listener
  • Emphasize your strengths, Be yourself
  • Avoid personal issues
  • Be confident
  • Convey the best of past possible contribution

Posture During the Interview
  • Sit on front middle of the seat
  • Men legs uncrossed, but closed
  • Women legs or feet crossed if wearing a skirt,
    may be uncrossed, but closed
  • Hands folded in front
  • Sit up straight with head, neck, and chest
    aligned with hips
  • Be careful of bad habits
  • Tapping your fingers
  • Biting your nails, Playing with your hair
  • Clicking your pen, etc.

During the interview
  • Firmly shake hands with those you meet
  • Greet all involved in the interview process and
    try to remember names
  • Be friendly to everyone (recruiters,
  • Follow the interviewers lead (direction,
    selecting a seat, drink, etc.)
  • Be specific, not general or vague!
  • Dont describe how you would behave, Describe how
    you did behave
  • If you later decided you should have behaved
    differently, explain this

  • Nervousness is normal
  • Take a deep breath and try to R E L A X without
    getting noticed
  • Dont let nervousness interfere with your answers
    or conversation
  • Remind
  • This is just part of the process to see if you
    are a good fit for the position
  • If you are not selected, sky is not going to
  • Think whatever happens for good!!

Answering the Questions
  • Points must be clear, relevant and adequate
  • To enable the interviewer to understand what you
    are saying
  • To determine your strengths for particular job
  • To have sufficient information to make a good
  • The interviewer needs to determine if you can do
    the job and if you will do the job and if you are
    the best one!
  • Hiring RIGHT person long runner is the goal.

During the interview
  • Listen with patience answer with enthusiasm
  • Have examples to highlight competencies
    demonstrate your ability
  • Have questions ready
  • Department structure
  • Are there any training or personal development
    opportunities associated with the role?
  • 3-5 year business plan
  • Body language throughout interview
  • Handshake/closure

The Interviewers Agenda
  • They have an agenda
  • To determine if you have the skills
  • Identify your personal attributes
  • Assess your motivation
  • Help them by
  • Showing how you fit their company
  • Exhibit your personality
  • Share your career goals

STAR Approach
  • S ituations - Describe the situation
  • T asks -What approach did you use?
  • A ctions - What action did you take?
  • R esults - What was the result of your action?

STAR guides an outline for answers
The best predictor of future performance is past
Interview Questions
  • Directive Questions
  • What skills do you have to deliver
    responsibilities of this position?
  • Non-Directive Questions
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Hypothetical or Case Questions
  • Suppose you were working on a guest floor, and a
    fire broke out. What would you do?
  • Behavioral Questions

Types of interview questions
  • Competency based To demonstrate what you have
  • Worked as part of a team
  • Leadership qualities
  • Worked under pressure
  • Multitasking abilities
  • Working with clients or associations
  • Effective communication skills
  • Worked on a entire cycle of project
  • Level of involvement/seniority
  • Dealt with conflict/resolved issues

Types of interview questions
  • Behavioural scenario questions to establish
    behaviour patterns
  • Role plays and/or Case study
  • Establishing analytical / problem solving /
    operational / time management / supervisory
  • Technical demonstrate level of technical
    ability throughout work experience
  • Accounting and IT
  • Check what systems / procedures they use and
    prepare examples

Competency based interviews
  • Adaptability - Changing priorities to achieve
  • Client focus - Provided extra ordinary services
    to a client beyond their expectations? How did
    you identify the need? How did you respond?
  • Communication - Situation that required extensive
    communication handled well
  • Organisational awareness - Describe the vision
    culture of organisation your alignment to
    achieve the common goal
  • Results orientation - When you set and achieved a

Competency based interviews
  • Teamwork - successful as a team member
  • Problem solving judgment - When you identified
    the underlying causes to a problem, resolved
    successfully shared the right judgement, took
    correct actions
  • Developing others - When you coached someone to
    help them improve their skills or job
    performance. What did you do?
  • Innovation Example that was new and different
    for the organisation, resulted improved
    performance productivity

Competency based interviews
  • Impact and influence - series of steps on an
    issue to influence an individual or a group
  • Leadership - When you had to lead a group to
    achieve an objective
  • Relationship building - A situation in which you
    developed an effective win/win relationship with
    a stakeholder or client. How did you go about
    building the relationship?
  • Self management - Describe the level of stress in
    your job and what you do to manage it. Example of
    high pressure situation

Write answers or scenarios
  • Draft written answers to potential interview
  • Develop appropriate scenarios based on your
    research of job description organisation

Communication tools
Most FAQ
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Your education qualification performance
  • Which courses did you enjoy most? Why?
  • Describe your research / project work?
  • Why did you choose this field of study?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your most significant accomplishments?
  • What motivates you?
  • What do you know about this organization?
  • Why do you want to consider us?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Most FAQ
  • How can you benefit this organization?
  • Describe a problem you have had to deal with. How
    did you handle it?
  • Do you prefer well-defined responsibilities or
    flexibility? Why?
  • Tell me about your past jobs.
  • Describe your experience and/or education.
  • Describe your ideal job
  • What are your short-term long-term goals, how
    do you expect to achieve them?
  • What salary are you expecting?

Most FAQ
  • When you have gone beyond to satisfy a customer.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how
    you resolved it?
  • What qualities a successful manager should have?
  • What is the last book you have read?
  • Who is your role model?
  • What is your family background?

Tell Me About Yourself
  • Create a 60-second sound byte
  • Include
  • Geographic origins
  • Educational background
  • Reason for choosing major
  • Specific expertise and accomplishments
  • How you can contribute to company
  • Identify your career goals
  • Speak clearly, sincerely and honestly

Your Strengths
  • 2 or 3 strengths related to position
  • Relate them to the job
  • Give examples demonstrate these
  • How were they developed
  • Identify your mentors and/or role models

Your Weaknesses
  • Relate these to your work
  • Show the positive side of these
  • Steps you have taken for improvement
  • Detail the results and/or time frames expected
  • Share criticism you have received and its effects

Behavior Based Questions
  • Identify an incident where your leadership proved
    to be valuable to the operation?
  • Prepare Examples of SAR
  • Situation
  • Action
  • Result

Behavior Based Questions
  • Based on the theory that past behavior is
    predictive of future success.
  • Questions about skills, character, and preference
    based on examples from your past work or school
  • Key idea is to paint a picture of the thinking
    that underlies the decision making or behavior
  • What do you think of working overtime?
  • Describe a time when you needed to work extra
    hours to meet a deadline or complete a task
  • Examples show the meaning you have made of
    education and experience

Behavior-based Questions!
  • When did you face problems or stresses at work
    that tested your coping skills. What did you do?
  • A time when you were quick while deciding
  • An important goal you had to set and tell me
    about your progress in reaching that goal.
  • A problem you faced on the job, and how did you
    solve it
  • A situation in the past year in which you had to
    deal with a very upset customer or co-worker
  • If a customer yelled at you, what would you do?
  • Time you dealt with an angry guest to ensure the
    situation was corrected to their liking?

Leadership qualities
  • Describe a time when you needed to work extra
    hours to meet a deadline or complete a task.
  • Identify an incident where your leadership proved
    to be valuable to the operation?
  • Describe a time you assisted an angry guest to
    ensure the situation was corrected to their
  • Provides insight on how the candidates mind
  • Do you have leadership traits? What are they?

Unlawful Questions
  • Do you have children?
  • How old are you anyway?
  • What is your date of birth?
  • Where is your birthplace?

When it is done
  • ASK when you can expect a decision or if you
    should call
  • Express thanks for their time
  • FOLLOW UP the interview with a thank-you note or
    letter or email
  • ANALYZE your performance in the interview (for
    later interviews)
  • Dont get discouraged if you are not selected!
  • Learn from the process and be patient

About Salary
  • Salary topic is addressed in a second interview
    or after the job is offered
  • Research the average salary
  • Know what you want, and be realistic
  • Evaluate situation well
  • Dont undersell yourself
  • Understand clearly what is being offered to you
  • Evaluate is it worth for the considerations
    communicate clearly

Know what youre getting !
Questions for the Interviewer
  • Always have 4 or 5 questions prepared
  • Most effective ways to compare employers
  • Assure questions show interest enthusiasm
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the industry company
  • Consider multiple areas
  • Corporate values Work environment
  • Anticipated responsibilities
  • Employment trends
  • Measures of work performance
  • Quality of work, Personality factors, etc

Questions to ask
  • What would my responsibilities and duties be?
  • How would my performance be evaluated?
  • How would I be supervised?
  • What opportunities for advancement exist?
  • Is there a training program?
  • How much travel is required?
  • Who would I be working with?
  • Where will I be working?

Too much unrelated sharing
The three most important things you should do
before your interview
  • 1. PREPARE!
  • 2. PREPARE!
  • 3. PREPARE!

  • Be on time for the interview
  • Treat the receptionist with respect
  • Be enthusiastic, eager, and smile
  • Dont sit until youre invited to, and sit up
  • Practice good eye contact
  • Walk with confidence
  • Adapt to your surroundings
  • Use Mr. or Ms. unless asked to use first name

Practice the Soft Skills
  • Greet people with a firm handshake
  • Stand up to meet people
  • Keep your guard up during lunch or dinner
  • Practice your dining etiquette
  • Remember please and thank you
  • Be good at chatting and small talk

Why spend time finding out about the employer/job?
  • Your goal is to show the employer why you are the
    best person for the job
  • Relate your strengths and experience to the job

First Impressions
  • Your Resume
  • Your Application
  • Your Clothes Appearance
  • Your Body Language

What is employer looking for?
  • Job skills and transferable/adaptable skills
  • Flexibility
  • Dependability
  • Teamwork
  • Productivity
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Organizational Skills Leadership Skills
  • Communication/Customer Service
  • Ability to continuously learn

Personal attributes
Energy Energise Edge
Health, Dreams, Liking, Consistency, Nature, Life style, Commitment, Self Motivation, Flexibility, Attitude, Team Player, Delegation, Interpersonal skills, Stability Aptitude , Ability ,Skill, Expertise Management, Teaching ability
Execution Etiquettes Ethics
Family support, Ability to close successfully, Reliability Self discipline, Well planned, Organising Value, Character Believes, Religious, Trustworthy
Professional attributes
Energy Energise
Deep willingness to excel,Fun working under Pressure, Need availability ,Travel Respect, Making a difference Recognition Connecting with people
Edge Execution
To gain Knowledge, Enhances algorithmic Logical Sharpness, Quick learner Good management, Cost, Passionate to grow, To contribute, Quality timely deliveries
Prove You Can Do The Job
  • Employers want concrete examples
  • Identify your skills adaptive, transferable,
    and job-related
  • Present a good story
  • Use data - numbers, volume, , etc.
  • Emphasize results what happened as a result of
    your skills/efforts?
  • Link up what youre good at how you can help
    the employer out in this job

Closing the Interview
  • Review your strengths
  • Ask questions
  • Say thank you for the opportunity
  • Say what is next action? by whom?
  • Ask for their business card
  • Extend a handshake and exhibit enthusiasm

  • Send a Thank You note
  • Call back in a few weeks
  • Get a next interview/meeting
  • Send a short thank you note within 24 hours
  • Remind them of key points from the interview
  • Emphasize your interest
  • State when you expect the next contact to be

Dont Give Up
  • It takes time and persistence to reach your goal
  • Consider every interview a learning experience

Illegal Topics
  • Topics to avoid include
  • Nationality/race
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Affiliations
  • Disability or medical history
  • Pregnancy, birth control, child care
  • Age

  • How did you do overall?
  • What were your strengths?
  • What right things you did?
  • Which mistakes did you make?
  • What needs improvement?
  • Develop a follow-up chart for tracking

  • Describe appropriateness of your attire/
  • Specifics on what you did well
  • Specifics on what you can improve
  • What you thought of the questions the interviewer
    asked and their interview style
  • How well you responded to the questions
  • If you think you should have been hired or not
  • Describe your nonverbal behaviors
  • Describe anything that surprised you

Dressing for Success
  • Take into account the weather
  • Think conservative, traditional, neat, modest,
  • Do not go for shock value
  • Dress to fit in
  • One level above the work environment
  • Dark or neutral colors
  • Natural fabrics
  • Little or no scents (Perfume)

Appearance Matters. . .A Lot!
  • If you dont dress seriously, they cant take you
  • Make a good first impression
  • Pride in yourself implies pride in your work
  • Show your creativity in your work
  • Dress conservatively
  • Be well groomed and clean

Dont Forget the Details
  • Nicely styled hair
  • Natural, clean looking face/makeup
  • Clean your fingernails
  • Wear a Suit, Iron your clothes
  • Shoes should be in good condition
  • Aloha Attire is Not Appropriate
  • Gentlemen-Jackets Buttoned
  • Professional Watch
  • Skip the clunky jewelry
  • Avoid strong perfumes
  • Avoid cigarettes

Interview Attire
  • Ladies- Closed-Toe Shoes and Hose
  • Minimal Jewelry
  • Make-Up and Earrings for Balance
  • Purse/Portfolio
  • Conservative Length Skirts
  • Groomed Hands

Do NOT Wear
  • Clothes with printed logos
  • Formal wear
  • Worn-out garments
  • Strong scents
  • Excessive jewelry
  • Hats indoors
  • T-shirts, Shorts

Clothes that are sexually revealing
For Men
  • Suit matching of good quality (Navy, dark grey)
  • Silk tie, no extremes
  • Long sleeved shirts in white or light
    blueLeather, lace-up business shoes in black
  • Belt should match shoes
  • Facial hair well-groomed
  • Conservative watch and other jewelry
  • Removing earrings is safest
  • Do not leave the tags on outside of apparel
  • Long socks to match color of suit

Professional Image for Men
  • Best choices
  • Business suit, dark colors (blues, grays,
    browns), white shirt
  • Suit with solid shirt
  • 2-piece suit, lighter colors, striped shirt
  • Button your jacket when you stand
  • Shine your shoes
  • Socks-appropriate color, no holes, long length

Professional Image for Women
  • Best choices
  • Navy or black suit, solid blouse
  • Suit in solid colors, printed blouse
  • Straight dress with jacket, solid colors
  • Wear polished, low heeled shoes
  • Minimal accessories
  • Hosiery - appropriate color
  • Dont wear anything too tight or revealing

For Women
  • Two-piece matching skirt or pant suit
  • Full sleeved blouse
  • If skirt, no minis! Navy, grey, brown, black
  • Wool, wool blends, microfibers
  • Conservative watch
  • Avoid extreme or excessive jewelry
  • Keep makeup conservative
  • Shoes should be leather or fabric, closed-toe
    belt to match
  • Purse/bag should be small, simple, coordinate
    with shoes, leather is best

What to Bring to an Interview
  • Several copies of your resume
  • Your portfolio, if applicable
  • New notebook and a nice pen
  • Briefcase or leather folder
  • Names, addresses phone numbers of references

Reference slides
Applications Resumes
  • Resumes should be brief and to the point (1-2
    pages). Both must be ERROR FREE!
  • Complete the application form or covering letter
  • Make sure all information is accurate and
    captures what you have done in each job.
  • Document your qualifications. NEVER assume

Types of interviews
  • Screening
  • Telephonic interview
  • Campus interview
  • Walk in interview
  • Confrontational / Stress interview
  • Personal interview / One-on-One
  • Technical interview
  • Panel / Group
  • Task or Technical
  • Presentation

Types of Interviews
  • The Directed Interview
  • In-person - one to one, seeks to reveal facts
  • Interviewer takes notes of outline checklist
  • Compares you to others
  • The Undirected Interview
  • Unstructured, an open discussion
  • The Stress Interview
  • Creates discomfort
  • The Behavioral Interview
  • Interested in past behaviors
  • The Audition
  • A simulation to evaluate your skills

Types of Interviews
  • The Group Interview
  • Several applicants at one time
  • Provides a sense of leadership style
  • How do you interact with peers?
  • The Panel/Board Interview
  • Several interviewers are present
  • Maintain eye contact when answering questions
  • The mealtime interview
  • Check on behavior mannerism
  • Frank discussions

Types of Interviews
  • The Second/Follow-Up Interview
  • Focused on specific job, to seek re-confirmation
  • Conducted by department or senior manager
  • Serious the best candidates are called
  • To understand issues candidate would have
  • To negotiate finalise compensation
  • The Telephone Interview
  • Have copy of resume nearby, speak a bit slower
  • Dont worry about pauses
  • Make sure roommates or family are quiet or other
    telephone should not disturb you

Telephone Interviews
  • Be available on scheduled time
  • Check voice quality of instruments
  • Have your notes organized, highlighted, and
    within easy access
  • Without non-verbal communication, be aware that
    it is difficult to read the interviewer
  • Make sure your voice conveys enthusiasm
  • If more than one person on the other end, have
    them identify themselves

  • To whom are you meeting? Check LinkedIn to read
    their profiles
  • Where is meeting? Know exact location transport
    arrangement? Be before time!
  • Company Background Google Search
  • Year established?
  • Size of business and their locations?
  • What do they primarily do?
  • Read last Annual Accounts to familiarise yourself
  • Press releases on company website
  • Job description know whats entailed inside out
    and be able to give examples on each aspect
  • Practice psychometric testing / technical testing
    online beforehand or topics related to your
  • Prepare two questions to ask at the end of the
  • Thank them for their time while expressing level
    of interest

Dealing with anxiety
Interviewing for a job is often filled with
anxiety and fear but it doesnt have to be that
There are things we can do to prepare ourselves
and become more self-confident and relaxed.
Breathing Exercise
  • Relax shoulders, neck, and jaw
  • Place fingertips on diaphragm
  • Inhale slowly and silently count to 5
  • Hold 3 seconds
  • Exhale while counting to 5
  • Repeat sequence for 5 minutes

  • Practice answering questions out loud
  • Mock interview w/ different people
  • Get videotaped
  • Keep a journal about interview experiences to aid
    future preparation

  • Why should I consider you a strong applicant for
    this position?
  • Articulate whats in your resume.
  • Be self-assured, not arrogant.
  • Relate your knowledge, skills and abilities
    directly to the job
  • Demonstrate your passion
  • Tell and sell your story

The weakness question
  • Everyone has a weakness. A weakness is a
    deficient skill that you have or need to improve.
    A weakness is not a character flaw.
  • Be honest and always use an example that is NOT
  • Always describe the weakness in the past tense
    and discuss briefly how you have improved.
  • Avoid trite answers such as, I am a

Good and bad answers
  • "I do such a good job that it makes everyone else
    envious of how great I am.
  • "I've never been in a position with enough
    influence to do any damage, so I'm not sure.
  • My greatest weakness would have to be speaking
    in public. I don't think it's something that
    comes naturally to me, so I've taken courses X
    and Y to get some practice, as well as put myself
    in situations where I was forced to improve."

Possible Interview Questions
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Act outlaws
    questions about age, national origin, marital
    status, sexuality, and religion
  • Be prepared for the possibility
  • If it happens, dont over react
  • If you are uncomfortable, kindly respond that you
    would rather not answer the question

For Everyone
  • Hair should be neat and clean
  • Shoes should be in good condition
  • Clean fingernails
  • Clothes should fit properly
  • Use appropriate deodorant
  • Details
  • Everything clean and well-pressed
  • Slim leather briefcase if needed

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