Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A Professional Approach for Successfull Interviews

Getting a job interview is usually the last of a number of difficult steps that might produce a job offer. But remember, when you finally get the interview, this is “show time” – an opportunity for you to sell yourself. Give yourself every possible chance of getting the position, and leave the interviewer with no doubt that you are the best candidate for the job.

Preparing for an Interview

1. Find out everything you can about the company. This will demonstrate a genuine interest in the organisation and an affinity for things that its employees do. Your research should include information on the nature of the business, changes in the industry, the size of the company and the diversity of products and services provided.
2. Create a list of questions you want to ask. You should avoid asking about salaries. Your questions should instead focus on the overall operation of the company, specific details concerning your department and an awareness of your contribution to its future. •  Which direction is the organisation going?
•  What is the outlook for business over the next few years?
•  How would you describe the culture here?
•  How do people get recognised for superior performance outside the formal compensation system?
•  What kind of training does the organisation provide?
•  How readily does the organisation embrace new technology and other improved working systems?
•  What kind of expansion is planned for the future?
•  How are employees kept informed of changes in the organization?
•  What would be the primary reason for people leaving the company in the last year or two?
•  How many people are working in my department?
•  What’s the total number of team members in the organization?
•  Are there some characteristics common to people who have been promoted?
3. Review your CV to ensure that it contains as many things possible that could be of interest to the company. Double check the spelling. Bring along 2-3 CVs in a nice business folder. Re-read the copy of your application form over and over again, so you know by heart how to answer all details.
4. If you do have more than one interview, schedule them with sufficient time in between to avoid rushing from one to another.
5. Collect and organize all supporting documentation, such as certificates of your professional qualifications and references.
6. Be sure to have accurate directions and address of the prospective employer, to ensure that you don’t spend time searching for the property. Have the phone number on hand.
7. Consider doing a role play with a friend, have them ask you some challenging, open-ended questions that require on-the-spot mental acrobatics. Or just do it alone at home, question and answering all those possible topics which might arise.

1 comment:

  1. 7th point is really enlightening... beforehand interview preparation makes u more relax at d time of interview as u just have to recollect ur thoughts...secondly u'll speak what is required ... no room 4 story formulation

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