A job interview is a part of the job selection process where employers evaluate selected candidates. Typically, an interview is a conversation between a candidate and the potential employer. This conversation will determine whether or not the employer feels that the candidate is suitable for a position. The decision is based on how a candidate presents themselves. All interviews are different, but these guidelines will help you prepare and enhance your understanding of the process to ensure better success.How do you prepare for an interview?
Research yourself; How will you “sell” yourself? How will you fit into the position and organization?
List your accomplishments; Emphasize your skills, qualifications and past experiences that are relevant to the position. Avoid any negativity about past experiences or employers.
Use your network; Conduct informational interviews with people in similar positions or people within the same organization.
Bring extra copies of your resume and reference; Do not assume the interviewer has read your resume in depth.
Practice answering questions; But don’t sound rehearsed. Some commonly asked interview questions for the candidate include; Tell me about yourself?, What do you know about this organization?, What is your biggest weakness?, What have you done to try and overcome it?
Be aware that you may need to answer some unusual questions; These questions may not seem to be job related, but employers use them to determine your confidence and creativity through your answers. These questions seldom have right or wrong answers, such as: If you could be any fruit which would you choose and why?
Think about questions you would like to ask the employer; It is not appropriate to ask what the organization will do for you if you’re hired. Save questions about salary or benefits, etc. if employment is offered. Instead focus on questions like:
Know that you never have to answer certain questions; Employers should never ask about your race, age, sex, religion, marital status or family plans.
Dress appropriately; Every industry has its own requirements, and knowing what to wear on the day of the interview is very important. If you are unsure of a company’s policies regarding proper dress, call the personnel office for more information.
Second Round Interviews
The First Impression
The Questions and Answers
The Follow Up