|The two key elements to successful interviewing are preparation
|Preparation Enhances Your Chances Of Performing Well
Tips on interview preparation:
- Ensure your consultant has provided you with a detailed
understanding of the position description, the team environment
and the organisation.
- Conduct additional research regarding
the organisation through reading annual reports and researching
on the internet. Understand its products/services,
size, locations, financial situation and growth potential.
- Make sure
you know exactly where you are going and always be on
- Dress conservatively and pay attention to all facets
of your dress and grooming.
- Know the exact place and
time of the interview, the interviewer's full name and
the correct pronunciation
and his/her title.
- Spend 30 minutes reviewing your
resume/experience and its relevance to the position description.
the specific examples in your
are directly relevant to the position description and that demonstrate
your ability to do the job. Refresh your memory regarding details
of present and
past employers and your work history in their companies. You
will be expected to know a lot about a company for which
you have previously
worked. Pay particular
attention to how you will describe your most important achievements.
- Be prepared to convey to the interviewer: why this role
appeals to you, why they should consider you for this
role and what makes
a bit different from
- Prepare the questions YOU will ask during
the interview. Remember that an interview is a two-way
street. The employer
to determine through questioning
if you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. You
must determine through questioning whether the company will
for the growth and development you seek.
Sample of probing questions you might ask:
- What would a normal day in this role look like?
- Why is
the position available?
- How would you describe your organizational
- What induction and training programmes does the
- What sort of people have done well
in this team/organization?
- How is the company positioned
against its competitors?
- What is your vision for the
future? What are the plans, if any, for growth or expansion?
are the three things that would make someone an outstanding
success in this role?
- How well do you think I match the
requirements of the role?
- What is the next step in the
|Preparing For The Structure And Style Of The Interview
Competency Based Interviews
Competency based interviews are the most prevalent style
of interviewing. Also known as behavioural interviewing,
competency based interviewing requires you to draw on past
and describe specific examples f incidents that demonstrate
your competence in a particular area. The most effective
way of answering these questions is to use the "STAR" technique:
SITUATION íV briefly describe the background to the situation
TASK íV specifically describe your responsibility
ACTION íV describe what you did
RESULT íV describe the outcome of your actions
Here is an excellent answer to a competency-based question
that is testing teamwork as a competence:
"Team work is very important in our organization.
What evidence do you have to prove that you are a good
"I have a number of examples I could share with you.
In one instance, when I was working as a financial analyst
at ABC Company, the sales team was putting together a bid
for a large piece of work and the analyst that normally
helps them was on leave. I offered to help them and worked
every night for two weeks to ensure they had all the information
they needed. They took on my suggestions regarding pricing
and also some creative ideas I had on formatting the proposal.
As it turned out we won the bid and I was promoted as a
You may be required to provide between one and three real-life
examples to validate one particular competence.
Be prepared with answers and supporting examples to standard
HR questions such as:
- What are your career aspirations?
- Why do you want to work
for our company?
- What interests you about our product/service?
- Of your
previous jobs, which did you enjoy most and why?
- How have
you managed conflict in the past?
- Describe what you have
done in your career that shows your initiative.
are your weaknesses? Your strength?
- What does teamwork
mean to you?
- What style of management gets the best from
- What have been your major achievements to date?
Remember that you are being interviewed because the interviewer
wants to hire somebody íV not because he/she wants to trip
you up or embarrass you. Though the interaction that takes
place during the interview, he/she will be searching out your
strong and weak points, evaluating you on your qualifications,
skills and intellectual qualities and he/she will probably
probe deeply to determine your attitudes, aptitudes, stability,
motivation and maturity.
|Your Style And Behaviour
During your interview, the employer will be evaluating our
total performance, not just your answers. Listen below
are some factors and mannerisms that will usually produce
reaction from a prospective employer.
- Maintenance of eye
- Firm handshake
- Preparation and knowledge of the company/industry
- Ability to express thoughts clearly
- Career planning and
- Informative replies
- Tact, maturity, courtesy
- Intelligent questions about the
- Enthusiasm for the role and the organization
- Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes
early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
the interviewer by his/her first name.
- Wait until you
are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your
chair. Look alert and interested
at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good
- Maintain eye contact.
- Follow the interviewer's leads
but try to get the interviewer to describe the position
and the duties
to you early in the interview
so that you can
relate your background and skills to the position.
- Make sure
that your good points get across to the interviewer in
a factual, sincere manner. Keep in mind that you alone
can sell yourself
to an interviewer.
Make him/her realize the need for you in his/her organization.
- Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to
get the job you are discussing. Never close the door
on an opportunity.
is better to be in the position
where you can choose from a number of jobs rather than
- Answer questions with a simple "yes"
or "no". Explain whenever possible. Tell those things
about yourself which relate to the position.
- Lie. Answer
questions truthfully, frankly and as much to the point
- Ever make derogatory remarks about your present or
former employers or companies.
- "Over-answer" questions.
The interviewer may steer the conversation into politics
or economics. Since this
can be controversial, it
is best to answer
the questions honestly, trying not to say more than is necessary.
- Let your discouragement show. If you get the impression
that the interview is not going well and that you have
rejected, do not show discouragement
or alarm. Once in a while an interviewer who is genuinely
interested in your possibilities may seem to discourage
you in order to
test your reaction.
- Enquire about salary, bonuses or holidays
at the first interview unless you are positive the employer
you and raises the issue
first. However, you should know your market value and be
prepared to specify your required salary or range.
|Closing The Interview
- If you are interested in the position, make sure you tell
the interviewer this.
- Thank the interviewer for his/her
time and consideration of you. You have done all you can
if you have answered the two questions uppermost in his/her
(1) Why are you interested in the job and the company?
(2) What can you offer and can you do the job? Lastly, smile.
|After The Interview
Last but not least, call the consultant at Hudson who referred
you to the position immediately after the interview and
describe how the interview went. He/she will want to
talk with you before the interviewer falls and will appreciate
the courtesy of your feedback. If you are interested
processing further it will assist if your feelings towards
the position are known, together with your perception
of what the client's reaction is likely to be.
Finally, relax íV you have now done all you can!
Contributed by Hudson