SOME BASIC INTERVIEW TIPS
Objectives of the Interview
What are the two important objectives of an Interview?
First and most important- get the job offer.
Second - get enough information in order to evaluate the offer.
The whole process of interviewing should be geared to achieving
those two objectives.
In order to reach your objectives the most important thing you
need is the positive attitude. Attitude in this case is
whether you look at things from the positive side or the
negative side. For example, when they ask you why you
are looking for a new position do you take the positive
approach in terms of "I am trying to move towards
something" or do you take the negative approach with
"I'm trying to get away from these things in my current
job". This is how they can see whether you're coming
with a positive attitude or with a negative attitude.
Another aspect of attitude is your personal approach to the
interview, for example you can go into the interview
with the attitude that "Let me find out what's in it for
me", or you can go to the interview with the attitude of
"Let me find out what the organization needs for this
position and then I am going to show them how I can help
them". Have a look at your first objective. It was to
get the interviewers to like and want to hire you. In
that case which of those two approaches do you think is
going to work best? Obviously if you have the attitude
of "Let me show you how I can help you", that's going to
be the attitude that's going to make a positive
impression on the interviewers.
First Three Minutes Impressions
Basically you've got three minutes to make your first
impression. That first impression is either going to be
positive or negative. What you have to try to do is make
sure the first impression is positive. It is very
difficult to change a first impression so that if their
first impression is negative you're going to have a
tough time through the course of the interview trying to
convince them that you really are the right person for
the position. How do you make a good first
impression? First there is the way that you are
dressed. Obviously you want to have the most appropriate
business attire for the situation.
The second part of first impressions is the confidence that you
project. For example, things like making good eye
contact, a good firm hand shake, smiling. When you meet
someone if you smile and project your confidence they
will feel comfortable with you. These are the non-verbal
clues that people will pick up. They have to like you or
they will not hire you.
To end the interview on a positive note, thank the interviewer
for his/her time. Then ask if they have any more
questions or concerns and respond to them if they come
up. You may also try this; "Do you see any reason why I
would not be considered for this position?" This gives
you a chance to correct any misconceptions they may have
had and allows you to resell yourself. To complete the
interview, you should then say, By the way, what are the
next steps in your hiring process.
Some Interviewing Questions To Be Ready For:
Here is a list of some frequently asked interview questions.
Always attempt to answer these questions with an
on-the-job example or experience to support it. Make
sure that you are as prepared as you can be because you
have to assume your competition is. In preparation for
the interview, try to answer these questions yourself.
Tell me about yourself. How would you describe
have you decided to change jobs?
What motivates you?
Describe your ideal job.
Describe your ideal manager/supervisor.
What are your short, medium and long-term goals?
do you react to criticism?
What do you consider to be your greatest strengths
should I hire you?
could you contribute to our organization?
What do you know about our organization?
are you interested in working for our organization?
you willing to relocate?
What salary/rate are you looking for?
What do you know about the position you are applying
What do you know about our industry?
What are you proudest of in terms of your
accomplishments at your present position or former
What do you think will be the toughest aspects of
the job if you were to accept the position? What
will be the most enjoyable aspects? The least
What do you think your greatest contribution will be
or what aspects of the job or the company do you
think you would be able to make your greatest
you are selected for this position, how would you
deal with the situation of individuals in the
company who were competitors for the job for which
you are being interviewed and who may feel that they
are better qualified? (Some of them may be your
Some of the Questions you should Ask:
whom would I report?
What is the most important (crucial) part of this
What is your management style?
Could you describe your perception of an ideal
candidate for this position?
What are some of your company's foremost aims and
What are the short/long term goals for this
department and how do they relate to the company as
Where does this company see itself five years from
would my performance be assessed?
Please describe the organization of the company.
When could I start?
Some Extra Tips
Stand up quickly when greeted by the person you are
going to interview with. Stay standing until invited
to sit down.
Firmly shake the hand of the person you are going to
interview with and quickly, stand directly in front
of the interviewer it shows confidence.
nice to the receptionist the person interviewing you
will usually ask for their opinion of you.
contact is essential it makes you more believable.
Never say anything negative about yourself or your
current/previous managers if asked to describe
something negative, look back on your career and do
a U-turn to something more positive now.
Learn as much as you can about the person and the
company you are interviewing with.
Write/fax/E-mail a Thank You note, the same day as
Some of the Reasons Why People Don't Get Hired
Poor personal appearance.
Lack of interest and enthusiasm: passive, indecisive
Over emphasis on money: interested only in best
Condemnation of past employers.
Failure to look at the interviewer when speaking.
Limp, fishy handshake.
Late for interview.
Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s
Asks no or poor questions about job.
Vague, indefinite response to questions.