Interview tips for job seekers

TIPS:

  1. BE YOURSELF!
  2. Smile and maintain eye contact with the interviewer/s.
  3. Sit still.  Don’t lean on the Interviewer’s desk.
  4. Use the interviewer’s name, but not first name unless invited to do so
  5. Avoid using swear words and slang expressions.
  6. Answer questions honestly and concisely. Don’t ramble and don’t attempt to take command of the interview. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so.
  7. Don’t criticize or be rude about past employers, gossip about them or give out confidential information.  It is unethical, and shows you cannot be trusted.
  8. If you don’t agree with something, say so politely – and say why. You have a mind of your own, so don’t be afraid.  On the other hand, rudeness and aggression are not looked upon favorably, and may destroy your prospects.
  9. Do not discuss your personal, domestic or financial problems in an interview.
  10. Leave questions about salary and benefits until the end of the interview.
  11. Do not discuss an expected salary different from the one discussed with the Consultant.  Negotiations will be handled by the consultant.
  12. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for his / her time and interest.
  13. Soon after the interview, review your performance and make some notes. Interview notes will be a valuable guide in preparation for future interviews.
  14. You need to speak clearly, with confidence – Invest in Yourself Today!

SOME TYPICAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

  1. Why are you applying for this position?
  2. What are your goals?
  3. What do you expect to be doing in 10 years from now?
  4. Do you think that your education prepared you well for this job?
  5. What can you offer this company?
  6. What kinds of people do you like working with?
  7. Do you like working on your own / independently?
  8. Tell us about yourself?
  9. What does success mean to you?
  10. How did you hear about this job?
  11. What do you do in your spare time? (Hobbies / sport / clubs)
  12. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  13. What is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  14. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  15. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him / her?
  16. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  17. Are you willing to travel?
  18. How do you work / cope under pressure?
  19. What university subjects did you like most / least, and why?
  20. What do you know about our company?
  21. Do you think that your results are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  22. Do you have plans for further studies?
  23. How would you describe your ideal job?
  24. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  25. How do you feel about change?
  26. What have you done by way of self-development over the past few years?

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE EMPLOYER:

These are some of the questions that you may like to ask employers:

  1. What are the opportunities for personal career growth?
  2. What are your expectations for new staff members?
  3. How is an employee evaluated and promoted?
  4. Describe the work environment?
  5. How can you utilize my skills?
  6. What is the overall structure of the department where the position is located?
  7. When can I expect to be told whether or not I have been successful in securing the position?
  8. Remember to keep your list of questions short. Try not to sound like you are interviewing the employer!

Interview Questions NOT to Ask!!!

There are some questions that you should avoid asking, since they won’t present you in a positive light.

  1. What does this company do? … (Do your research ahead of time!)
  2. If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? … (Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments)
  3. Can I change my schedule if I get the job? … (If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don’t mention it now…)
  4. Did I get the job? … (Don’t be impatient – They’ll let you know)

WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT:

Usually interviewers assess prospective employees along the following lines:

  1. Capability and suitability for the job
  2. Social skills
  3. Initiative and energy
  4. Motivation
  5. General interest in the job
  6. Stability and level of maturity
  7. Self-reliance / independence
  8. Leadership qualities

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