Self Development: Mastering Interviews

A job interview is an opportunity for you and your potential employer to:

Mutually evaluate the fit between your Skills, Experience,Qualifications and the position being considered.
There are a number of measures which you could take to ensure a favourable outcome for your job interview.

Before the interview. Steps you could take to prepare for the interview:

Know yourself.  Look at possible areas you may wish to address:

  • Are your interests consistent with the general career area and this specific job?
  • What are your employable skills and how do they correspond with this position?
  • Is this opportunity compatible with your work values and career goals?

Know the organization:

Research the organisation to gain knowledge and the background of the organisation/industry. Its products/services. Also the position itself will increase your self-confidence and demonstrate your interest in the job.

Consider the match betwen you and the organisation for congruency.

  • Career interests,
  • values,
  • skills needs in relation to the specific job you are pursuing.

The better you relate these match to the employer’s needs, the more successful you will be.

Prepare yourself for questions. No one can predict the exact questions an interviewer will ask but you could prepare and think about how you would answer some of these questions:

  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What are your most significant career accomplishments?
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • In what ways have your job prepared you for greater challenge?
  • Describe a difficult situation that you have encountered and how you managed it?
  • How do you perform under pressure?
  • What have you done to improve yourself over the past years?
  • What are your career goals?
  • How does this job relate to your career goals
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why should we hire you?

Bring along the necessary documents. Always carry extra copies of your resume and a set of your supporting documents to the interview. Here are some key pointers at the interview itself, to a successful interview:

Dress appropriately. To create a favorable impression, you must be neatly groomed and appropriately dressed for the interview.

  • Overall, be immaculate. A good appearance reinforces your many positive attributes.
  • Be punctual. The first opportunity to make a favorable impression on the interviewer is to be punctual. Try to arrive at the venue at least ten minutes early so that you can collect your thoughts.

Use body language to show interest.

  • Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.
  • Sit up and make frequent eye contact and of course smile, nod and give non-verbal feedback to the interviewer to show you’re keen.

Ask questions to augment your level of interest. It is important to provide good answers to interviewers’ questions, you must also be prepared to ask interviewer pertinent questions during the interviewing process. Your questions should reflect a sincere interest in the organization and an awareness of the employer’s needs and how you can fulfill them. Examples of questions:

  • Could you describe your corporate culture?
  • What training programs will be offered in this position?
  • How will my performance be evaluated?
  • What opportunities are there for growth over the next 12 months? In the next five years?
  • What are the challenges of the job?

NB: Be sure to relate the answers to your career goals & values.

Concluding the interview. Most interviewers will conclude the interview by indicating when you can expect to receive further word on your status as an applicant. However, if the interviewer does not volunteer this information, do ask. This will help you to follow up your interviews within a reasonable time frame.

After the interview. As a matter of courtesy, it is important to send your interviewer a short thank-up letter after the interview. Basically, it is to thank the interviewer for his time and to express your ongoing interest in the position. The letter should be neatly typewritten to ensure a professional image.

This article brought to you by Tina Jessamiene Goh, your Passionate Self Development Coach. To connect with Tina,  Contact Us via email NOW!

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