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Keys to a successful interview – preparation and practice

Key Interview Skills

Self-evaluation It is important for you to think well about yourself and your past experiences.

Before the Interview – Research the Company: – Know well about company policies and culture.

Practice Interview:  Practice interview situation and questions enough to feel confident. Dress Professionally: – Be aware of the dress code. Arrival – Try to arrive at the interview location a little early.

During the Interview: First impressions – First impressions take only thirty seconds. Establishing rapport, direct and sustained eye contact, a firm handshake, a warm smile, good posture, and introducing yourself in a confident manner are important ingredients.

Smile – A smile denotes confidence in a candidate.

Body Language – Use good posture, and look the interviewer right in the eye. Sit up straight. Never slouch.

Speak Clearly – Don’t mumble. It portrays a lack of confidence. Speak with assurance. This indicates confidence.  Listen Before Answering – Allow the employer to begin the interview, but be prepared with some opening statements or questions such as, “I understand that this position involves.

Give Brief Answers – Make your answer concise and to the point. Rambling tends to suggest that you really don’t have the answer to the question(s) asked. Previous Employers – Never, ever say anything negative about your present or previous employers. No matter how much you may have disliked someone, find a way to give your experiences a positive spin.

Be Truthful – Don’t lie when asked about something you haven’t done. The next question will be “tell us about it. Know Your Resume – Be prepared to talk about every fact that is on your resume. Keep things at a professional level.

After the Interview. Back in Touch – Ask the interviewer when s/he expects to get back to you on her/his decision. Get Everyone’s Business Card – Before you leave, be sure to get the business cards of all of the people with whom you visited. If you cannot do that, ask a secretary for their names and e-mail addresses. Thank the Interviewer – Verbally thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you, before leaving. Within a day, send thank -you letter to all of the interviewers with whom you spoke. This does not need to cons

Important General questions: –

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your key experiences and accomplishments?
  • How would you rank your achievements?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • Explain your reason for leaving your current job.
  • What are the most important things to you in a job?
  • What do you value in a supervisor?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • What appeals to you about this job and organization?
  • Describe the ideal position in our company.
  • What qualities do you think make someone successful in our industry?
  • What would you like me to know most that is not on your resume?