What is an Interview ?
Preparing for interviews
The interview experience
Making the most of the interview
A meeting of minimum two expert- candidate
Arranged to examine the suitability of the candidate
Tested for subject knowledge, skills and desired behavior in a
very limited time
Interviewers will try to make allowances for being nervous and
want you to present yourself in the best possible light.
Practice relaxation techniques to help you give your best.
What is an Interview ?
Oral tool to test a candidate
Procedure to find out skills, knowledge and ability
Preparation is the key to success
– Review own skills, experiences and qualities
• Check CV
• Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples
• Prepare key selling points
– Research organisation
Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc
Contacts with knowledge of organisation or sector
Relevant articles in the press
Personal visit or telephone call
– Research job and occupational area
• Job description – or similar
• Current issues
– Prepare your questions
Strategies For Success at
Know the company
Know the job profile
“you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Matt Lauer (American Journaliste)
Your appearance is all wrong
An obvious lack of confidence
Nothing much to say
Non- verbal or
Posture: sit erect without learning
Entrance, introductions &
on the desk or slouching in the
chair, but don’t be stiff and tense
Always make eye contact when you
speak, but avoid continuous staring
Don’t use too many hand
movements and frequent change of
facial expressions not in relation to
words you have expressed
Watch body language of interviewer
What to wear:
– It is a formal occasion not a fashionable event
– Aim to wear something appropriate and
comfortable so that you can forget about it
and concentrate on the questions being asked.
Clothes for Interviews
– Trousers, shirt and tie essential, jacket desirable
– Avoid low necklines and short skirts
– Trouser suits are acceptable these days
– Jackets desirable
• What are your strengths?
• What are your weaknesses?
• If you take this job, how long would you stay?
• Tell me about yourself?
• Why did you leave your previous job?
• What sort of job you are looking for?
• What appeals to you about this job?
• Why do you think you’d be good at this job?
• Would you accept this job if it were offered to you?
• What do you know about this company?
• Don’t you think you may be too old/young/inexperienced?
Things which both interviewer and interviewee should
keep in mind
Do your homework
Listen and try to understand things