Interview Skills

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INTERVIEW SKILLS

Interviewing:

The job interview can be a pleasant and rewarding experience. It gives you and the employer a chance to discuss your qualifications and determine if a match can be made. Interviews vary in style length and can have a number of different interviewers depending upon the organization, so try to prepare for anything.

Interview Styles:
Directed
This consists of a list of specific questions, which are in a certain order every time. Sometimes a checklist will be used to record your answers.

Non-directed
This style consists of broad open-ended questions designed to get you to talk about yourself. It is more conversational in tone than the directed interview.

Stress
This is an interview designed to see how well you handle stress. Stress interviews are normally used in interviewing for top level positions.
However, most interviews do not follow a specific style, but interviews may use their own combination of types instead. Regardless of the style or styles used, an interviewer is basically interested in two things: • WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE COMPANY?

• WHAT CAN YOU OFFER THE COMPANY?

Stages of the Interview
An interview usually consists of four stages:

BREAKING THE ICE
This is to help both you and the interviewer “tune in” to the interview situation. It usually consists of small talk about the weather, your trip to the interview and so on. The content and the duration of this stage is controlled by the interviewer.

SHARING OF GENERAL INFORMATION
The interviewer will begin to tell you something about the company and the position that is open. You, in turn, can begin to tell the interviewer how your skills will relate to the position. You should be concise, using specific examples when ever possible.

AMPLIFICATION AND SHARPENING OF FOCUS
At this point in the interview, you will be offering a lot of information about yourself. You will be questioned about your work-related values, goals and aspirations. Your qualifications will be explored in detail. The interviewer will be trying to find a fit between you and the position.

TRYING IT OGETHER
This is the conclusion of the interview. You should clarify the information you have about the next contact. Find out if the interviewer will call you and how soon can be expected. If you are interested in the job, this is a good time to let the interviewer know.

Planning for the Interview:
SELF-ASSESSMENT
Identify who you are, where you want to go, and how you plan to get there. Analyze your: • Strengths
• Weaknesses
• Academic Performance
• Career Interests
• Personal Goals
• Work Experiences
• Special Skills

Upon completion of this self-assessment you should be confident in your ability to ace the interview.

RESEARCH YOUR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER
Candidates who demonstrate knowledge of their organization and their community impress employers. You should acquire some knowledge concerning the size of the organization, criteria for evaluation of personnel, orientation and development programs, geographical location, and industrial and recreational profile of the community, and products produced. Research of this nature is easily accomplished through use of the Chamber of Commerce located in the geographical area of your choice and variety of other sources. Research often raises questions of importance that you can have answered at the interview. Remember, you are seeking a career, not just a job.

THE INTERVIEW

1. Be punctual. Always allow ample time to get ready for your interview. (The interview is on a schedule too and you may miss the opportunity you have anticipated for a long time).

2. Dress conservatively and professional. Men should wear a tie and suit. Women should apply cosmetics in keeping with good taste. Avoid “over doing it”. Careful grooming of hair, fingernails, shoes and clothes is very important of...
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