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The Whys and the Why Nots?Interviews
What do Interviewers Assess?Can DoWill DoSkill SetPrior Tasks HandledCulture FitmentBoss and team MatchThe interviewer is looking for the best among the available. So you are always in competitionShould I HireValue for MoneyIndustry Knowledge & ContactsPromotability
A Survey - What Influences Your Decision to Invite a Candidate for an Interview?Relevant work experienceEducation that matches the jobReferral from someone within the companyCover letter directed to specific jobAcademic AccomplishmentsFollow-up contact from candidate
What makes a candidate stand out most in an interview?No of employers who selected this option
Personality that seems to fit position and team
Answers that include thoughtful examples
Sincere, passionate interest in the positionPoised and professional attitude
Providing evidence / an example of intelligence or ability to learn
What makes a candidate stand out most in an interview? No of employers who selected this option Knowledge of company / organization
Thoughtful questions to the interviewer
Direct and appropriate eye contact
Advice to CandidatesBEConfident and enthusiastic On time Prepared and professional Yourself Honest AssertiveConcise while answeringDO Research about the company / organization Show respect to the interviewer Focus on your field of interest Give examples of leadership roles Follow up Relax Ask questions Dress professionallySwitch off cell phonesHAVEPassion for the positionPrevious experienceExtra copies of your resume and cover letterA list of references Evidence of work or class assignments that relate to the position
Advice to Candidates contdKNOWYour target positionDetails about the positionWhat qualifications are requiredYour strengthsHow to think outside the boxWhat you are getting into before you commitWhere you want to work and why you are a good fitSHOWAccurate dates of employmentA real interest in the positionA clear and concise objective A positive attitude and maintain eye contactHow you can be an asset to the company
Answering 6 Common but Important Interview QuestionsTell me about yourselfWhy should we recruit you? Why do you want to work here? What do you know about our company?What are your weaknesses? What did you dislike about your last job? Why did you leave your last job? Where do you see yourself in five years?
Why Interviewers ask what they ask?Understand the question behind the question.What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why they ask: They want to know what you bring to the table and how your strengths and weakness are relevant to the job Do you prefer to work by yourself or as part of a team? Why they ask: They want to know if you can work unsupervised and if you can get along well with the team in the company. Why did you leave your last job? Why they ask: Can the reasons repeat in the job for which you are being interviewedWhat do you think this job involves? Why they ask: They want to know if you've done your research and do you are enoughHow did your last job prepare you for this job? Why they ask: They want to know what your skill sets are and how you apply your knowledge. They also want to know how much training you'll need. Before you start elivering
What Impresses An Interviewer?Your preparationYour professional conductYour keenness to join, if offeredSaying I dont know but I will find out
Pre-Interview PreparationKnow yourselfWhat are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What is your personality type? What are the things you do very well and very poorly?What are your short and long-term goals?Evaluate yourself in terms of the position you seek.Formulate responses by asking the question: "Why should they hire me?Remember that you're there to sell yourself and secure a job offer Research the companyUtilize all resources to review annual reports, trade magazines and newspaper articles.The Internet offers a wealth of company information and industry statistics.Know the company's products and services.Be prepared to tell the interviewer why their company is attractive to you.
Pre Interview Prep - Dressing for the InterviewSuit (solid color - navy or dark gray) for senior sales jobs. Saris or dress suit for women and avoid revealing dressingLong sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)BeltTie for middle level jobsDark socks, conservative leather shoesLittle or no jewelry (for women)Neat, professional hairstyleLimit the aftershaveNeatly trimmed nailsPortfolio or briefcase
On the Day of the InterviewArrive atleast 10 minutes earlyDress ProfessionallyLook Confident & RelaxedTalk Courteously to the Security Personnel & Receptionist What to bring to the InterviewLatest ResumeReferencesFolder & PenLast compensation with break upsDetails of the advertisement /job posting/consultant brief Business card
During the InterviewMaintain poise with head of the panel and other interviewersKnow how to pronounce the name of the interviewer's and company nameAvoid aerated drinks Maintain eye contactAllow interviewer to control the interviewBe prepared with questions that demonstrate your understanding of the job and the research that you have done
Ask the Right Questions1. What type of salary growth and promotion opportunities does this position and the company offer? 2. How can I add more value beyond the role requirements? 3. Successful people in your organization what are their top 3 qualities?
4. What would my first assignment be if I'm recruited? 5. What do you like the most about this company? 6. What is the organization's culture? 7. Who will carry out my appraisals if I'm recruited? 8. What exactly are the job responsibilities? 9. When will a decision be made on the successful candidate? 10.May I contact you if I have other questions?"
Closing the InterviewBe prepared with a wrap up statement of interest that demonstrates what you learned during your research and in the interviewAsk the panel if they need any additional information from you after the interview. Ask when a decision will be made when can you follow upAs you are leaving, thank everyone who has assisted in the processPlease note that selection process is both logical and emotional. The last impressions matter if you are in the running
Post Interview Stage Follow UpRecap interview (write out questions)Send thank-you letter or emailFollow-up within 48 hoursExpress gratitude for the employers timeHighlight qualifications Restate your interest in the company/career areaCommunicate enthusiasm to have met with them
Top 10 Mistakes during an Interview
Top 10 Mistakes Interviewees MakeNot understanding the Questions askedThere is a question behind each question that is askedThe Interviewee generally misses out on that and answers too long or too shortInterviewee gives stock answers Dressing Inappropriately for the InterviewDoing no homework on an organization before going there.Giving a tentative or wrong answer instead of saying I do not knowAppearing disinterested or arrogantBad mouthing the previous job / bossNot asking the right questions when asked do you have any questions?Showing an urgency to have the jobSetting a time limit because of your next appointmentNot being self aware or being excessively self conscious