Jabari O. Edwards
September 19, 2010
The interview process is something that everyone will experience at some point in their life. It does not matter if a person is seeking employment, trying to get them or their child into a social organization, or an entrepreneur trying sell sell their company, good interview skills are important to everyone. Good interview skills are what separate individuals that may possess equal talents.
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to have interviewed hundreds of people in both m privately owned company, and in my position as Chairman on the various governmental boards that I have been appointed. I have learned that I should ask as many questions as possible in an effort to learn as much as I can about a candidate in the time that has been allotted. Many people feel that personal questions are off limit, but I have learned that personal questions allow you the opportunity to find out if the candidate will jeopardize the social atmosphere of your organization. If the work atmosphere is compromised, the quality of work, and (if a business) the profit margins can suffer.
When I have served on interview panels, I have been afforded the opportunity to identify what others feel is the most important attribute any candidate can have. I have always taken note of the fact that many of my colleagues place importance on how prepared that the candidates were. This preparation included their apparel, their comfort level in answering and asking questions, and their knowledge of the organization. It has often stated that if a person is prepared for an interview, they will be prepared for work.
Many people that have all of the qualifications that a specific position may require, but they lack ability to communicate their talents. Communication in an interview involves various aspects such as talking, body movement, posture, and eye contact. During the interview process, a...