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Job Interview: Tips that can help you to succeed

06/06/2010 Deja un comentario

In the post  how-to-prepare-your-job-interview I was talking about the different types of interviews and the themes one should prepare before attending the interview. Now, in this post I would give some tips and advice that could help you to succeed in your job interview.

You have to bring with you the following materials:

  • At least 5 copies of your CV. There is the possibility that in your ob interview will be present more than one person.
  • The Cover Letter, at least 5 copies.
  • 2 pencils and a bloc notes. Is very useful to have your bloc notes and write down key words of interviews questions and affirmation. This can help you to answer interviewer’s questions using his/her own words and also to escape from some seconds from the contact eye with your interlocutor.
  • Recommendation Letter, at least 5 copies.
  • The Business Card (this depending on the ob you applied for and your profession)
  • Diplomas
  • Identity Card
  • The invitation for the interview.

First contact: welcome attitude

You have to wait to be invited in before entering in the place where the interview will take place. You must wait to the interviewer’s initiative to shake his hand. If he doesn’t do it renounce to this gesture. Then present your self, wait for the other person to present herself.

After being invited to sit down use a position similar to one that appears in the photo below. If your body is slightly moved to the right or left, while sitting, it will help you to control the eye contact.

During the interview

During the interview, when you are speaking you have to take care of the content, voice and body language. In the communication process the content has an importance of 7%, the voice about 38% and the body language 55%. Take notes, use short sentences when you answer and never speak when the interviewer is speaking.

Pay attention to non-verbal behaviours:

  • Look for eye contact as is culturally appropriate
  • Note the person’s posture: sitting up straight, slouching arms crossed or uncrossed.
  • Note the person’s facial expression
  • Note the person’s breathing.

Try to not use interview’s office to put your things on it because you invade his/her space.

To let know the recruiter you are with him, you have to:

  1. Face the recruiter
  2. Adopt an open posture: Keep arms uncrossed
  3. Work to maintain body language that encourage communication
  4. Maintain good eye contact: is good to look the person in the triangle that is formed between the eyes front and nose.
  5. Avoid distracting the recruiter: take care of your physical behaviour: don’t fiddle with a pen, don’t play with your car keys, and don’t wring your hands. This indicates inattention.
  6. Learn to be comfortable with lapses and in the conversation or periods of silence. Being silent provides you with opportunities to observe the other person and to think about what has been said.
  7. Listen carefully to what speaker says, pick up the key words in any information and clarify by asking questions.

In the next post I’ll complete the information about the ob interview and I’ll speak about positive communication and how you should answer to the recruiter’s questions.

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How to prepare your job interview

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How to prepare your job interview

16/02/2010 1 comentario

Most people spend a lot of energy in their job research, trying to be sure they are dressed appropriate for the position and their resume is perfect, but this is only the first step. But after that to many make the mistake of not being really prepared for the interview. So the key to succeed in a job interview is PREPARATION.

When you prepare your job interview you must keep in mind this to rules:

  • RULE 1: companies are in business to make money though sales and to be economically efficient. Therefore, when you prepare or write answers on your CV about your work experience, you must always think of productivity, money and achievements.
  • RULE 2: companies want to make as much money as possible in a very short time. That is why you have to think of procedures, management, organisations and goals.

Before starting preparing you for the job interview try to fond out what type of interview uses the company in the selection process. There are 10 types of interview:

  1. Telephone interview: the company objective using this type of interview is to reject any applicants that do not meet the qualifications for the job. You need to be ready to answer questions fully over the telephone and have a copy of resume in front of you.
  2. One-on-One interview: the recruiter asks the same questions of every applicant. Follow their lead, listen carefully and answer questions fully.
  3. Behavioral Interviews: in this type of interview general questions are been asked about candidate’s strengths or weaknesses.
  4. Panel or Board Interviews: in a panel or board interview, you will encounter several individuals representing the company (the head of HR, the department head where you will work, your future co-workers). They usually are searching skills for teamwork.
  5. Lunch or Breakfast Interviews: this type of interview is used to attempt you feel more relaxed, but questions are not more or less difficult. Use good table manners as well as all your other etiquette.
  6. Group Interviews: in a group interview several candidates are questioned at the same time to determine whether you are a leader or a follower and if you are a “team player”.
  7. Stress Interviews: is typically used for positions where you are facing stress on the job. The recruiter objective is to see how ell you can handle pressure. He will try to stress you in one o several ways, acting rude or sarcastic.
  8. Serial or Follow-up Interviews: when the employers make more than one interview.
  9. The case interview: during a case interview, the recruiter will ask you to analyze, identify key business issues and discuss how you would address the problems solved.
  10. Video interview: are often used to prequalify candidates before determinate whether the employer would like to bring them for a second interview.

If you could found out the company’s type of interview it will be easier for you to adapt the next themes that you must prepare:

  1. Your portrait in chronological order
  2. Your work experience: jobs, internships, vision about you carrier
  3. Explain the reasons of your professional and scholar choices
  4. Detail your proven competences and skills
  5. Your vision of team
  6. Your expectations about the company and your superiors
  7. Expectations about the job you applied and the company
  8. what your family circle thinks about your job
  9. Personal skills and behavioural pattern
  10. Strengths, Weaknesses
  11. Personal extracurricular activities, interests and hobbies
  12. Vision about the world and the social-economical news
  13. Short average and long term projects
  14. Reflection about your professional carrier
  15. Knowledge and skills in Quality approach
  16. Salary expectation
  17. Place yourself into the situation for the position you have to applied for
  18. Reflection about the interview and the procedure involved.

Regards,

Vasilica Maria Margalina

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