Interview Tips

A Job seeker must facing a hiring team with nervous but here we give you some useful advice so you can easily go through an interview. The sorts of questions you’ll typically get asked in a job interview will be testing your behaviour in different situations as well as your skills and experience.

What you'll be asked
A lot of what interviewers need to know about your qualifications and suitability for a role is covered in your résumé and in the first few questions they will ask. But the seemingly harder job interview questions are thrown at you to see what type of person you are and whether you’ll fit into the job and the company. These are questions that begin with things like "what would you do if…" and "how would you handle the following situation…".
Questions like:
  • Are you a person who works well in a high pressure environment?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Can you priorities tasks?
  • Do you learn quickly?
How to answer
In your answer you should give an example of a time when you have demonstrated the skill in question. E.g. Question: Are you a team player? Answer: I enjoy working with other people. When I was part of my school concert band we had public performances once a month and it was important that we could make decisions as a group and work together to help each other learn new pieces.
You should also keep in mind that every answer is a chance to show the interviewer how well you can communicate. Try to order your sentences so it’s easy for the interviewer to follow what you’re saying. Show that you’ve given thought to your answers.
Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question. It’s better to ask and give the right answer than to start talking about something that’s not relevant and won’t help you get the job.
Tips for good communication
  • Make eye contact Make eye contact with the interviewer throughout the interview and especially when you’re answering questions. This lets them know you’re listening and shows respect for what they’re saying. If you don’t make eye contact when you’re talking, at best the interviewer will think you’re nervous and at worst that you’re a bit shifty and are just making up your answers on the spot.
  • Pausing not 'umm'-ing and 'err'-ing Pausing for thought when answering a question is not the same as 'umm'-ing and 'err'-ing. A short pause to give you some time to think about what to say next is perfectly acceptable in a job interview and it makes a much better impression than hedging between every sentence.
Pausing sends a message to the interviewer that you’re giving the question your full consideration and taking the interview seriously.

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Importance of Interview for Employers

Interview is one of the most important step in the staff selection procedure. Interview proves important because it connects both the employers as well as job seekers. It assists employers in selecting a right person for a right job. It also helps job seekers to present their job skills and acquire a desired position on merit.

  • Information about job-seeking candidate:
    In an interview, the employer can collect complete information about the job-seeking candidate. Interview collects information about the candidate's cultural and educational background, work experience, intelligence quotient, communication skills, personality type, interests, social behaviour, etc.
  • Supplements the application blank:
    Due to some limitations, the job-seeking candidate cannot give his full information or details in the Application Blank for employment. However, an interviewer can collect additional relevant information of the candidate by scheduling a personal meeting with him. During meeting, interview process helps an interviewer to collect that information which is currently not available in the Application Blank. Thus, an interview supplements the Application Blank by collecting and verifying some missing information of the candidate.
  • Interview helps to select a right person:
    In an interview, the interviewer can see and talk to the candidates. So he can make a correct decision, whether to select or reject the candidate. Personal interview is the best method of selecting the right person for the right post.
  • Interview collects useful information:
    In an interview, the candidates discuss about their past work experiences, achievements, research works, etc. Interview helps an employer to collect a lot of useful information from different candidates. The employer can use this collected information to solve problems of his firm and improve efficiency.
  • Helps in promotions and transfers:
    A personal interview also helps an employer to evaluate his staff for promotions, transfers, etc.

Importance of Interview for Job Seekers

  • Provides employment opportunity:
    An interview provides an employment opportunity to the job-seeking candidate. It helps an applicant to present and communicate his views, opinions and ideas to the employer. If a candidate performs well at the interview and meets employer's expectations, then he has a good chance of getting selected for a desired post.
  • Develop confidence in candidates:
    Fresh job-seeking candidates (young college graduates), generally get nervous during their first few job interviews. However, after attending (facing) multiple interviews, they automatically develop a confidence in themselves. As experience builds up, they subconsciously develop skills to tackle a variety of interviews. Thus, routine interviews develop a confidence in the job-seeking candidates and boost their morale.
  • Helps candidates to accept or reject the job:
    The job-seeking candidate is provided with information about the job and employer. He is well-informed about the compensation (salary), perks and allowances, working condition, job security, chances of promotions and transfers, other employment benefits, if any, etc. All the doubts of the candidate are cleared by the interviewer. This helps the candidate to make a wiser career decision, whether to accept or reject the job, if offered.
  • Helps job seekers to increase contacts:
    When a job-seeking candidate attends an interview, he develops contacts with the interviewer and the other candidates. So, if a candidate is not selected at first job searching attempt, then these contacts sometimes help him to succeed at next job hunting attempts.

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Job Interview Preparation

  • Start preparing as early as possible Larger corporations will generally contact you to schedule an interview about a month before the interview occurs. You should spend this whole month preparing so that you're comfortable and knowledgeable going into the interview.
  • Do you Search Research the company and specifically the business unit or department. Get as much background information as you can get so that you don't get caught speechless if you're asked to talk a little bit about it. Also use internet search engines to research the people who are interviewing you.
    • Seek out experts Find yourself a mentor and/or an alumni from your university currently working in your desired career. Talk to them and get an inside scoop. Ask for advice. Career Business Discussion Boards is a good website you can use to connect with such people.
    • Prepare with a peer Find a friend who is also preparing for a job interview. Interview each other so that you get comfortable with the verbal and social aspects of the interview. You can also tell your peer different anecdotal stories that you're considering for the interview. Ask them what each story portrays about you, and use their feedback to choose the one that best represents the parts of you that you want to show to the interviewer.
    • Prepare at least three questions These should not be things that can be easily discovered through simple research. Think about what you want to know about the specific company, and how working there will be different from working with another corporation.
    • Prepare for the most tricky questions and write down the answers before you go for an interview. Key questions often asked include:
      What are your weaknesses? Why do want to work for so and so company?
      Tell me something about yourself.
      What are your strengths?
      Tell us what our company or agency is all about - What is our purpose/product/service?
  • Put the interview into perspective Try to think of this as an exchange between two people rather than a one-way interrogation. It's very helpful to think of this in terms of a first date; you want to make sure you present yourself in your best light, while making sure the job is the right fit for you. You should make sure it's the right company for you as well as be on your best form for them.
  • Reach early before time of interview
  • Be clear If you're asked to answer a case question, talk through your process with the interviewer. Don't be afraid to ask if your ideas sound accurate—you'll be evaluated on your ability to structure your thinking, not on the number of questions you ask. In fact, talking through your process is a great way to engage the interviewer and turn the interview into more of a discussion.
  • Sell yourself What are your unique selling points and how can you match them to what they want? Make sure you use plenty of examples as proof of your abilities. Show the interviewer that you can find the positives in your past experiences—this is not a time to complain about what you hated about your previous work situation.
  • Be inquistive Don't forget to ask your questions. Pay attention as the interviewer answers—you may even want to jot down notes. This is both to prove that you are listening and also to give yourself a way to reflect on the interview later if you end up having to decide between multiple positions.
  • Telephonic Interview If it is a phone interview, it's usually with a PR person who knows very little about the position and technical terms related to a specific job. Make sure to use keywords and buzzwords while answering questions because you are trying to paint a picture with words, since the interviewer has no visual clues of you. Do this and you will pass the phone interview.
  • Be polite Listen to each question fully before you begin to respond. Never assume that your interviewer has read your CV, but don't treat them as though they haven't, either. After the interview, do not forget to send customized email. These are generally better than hand written thank you notes, as they are quicker than snail mail. However, you should be sure that they are well proofread and personal before you send them.