Skills and competencies should be in job details/ personal spec. Questions – leave question about salary/benefits to the end of the interview
Biographical – May not have had an OU student before so may want more info about study. How have you benefitted from this ? Motivation/Commitment – why should we offer YOU the job ? Open question – Tell me about yourself! Compe
Difficult/trick : Have you any weaknesses ?
Answers : People would say I am… My boss/tutor remarked that… Mt experience proves that…
A recent survey found that 80% of candidates did NO research prior to interview! Aim to get there 15 mins in advance of interview
Thinking time – not too quick – may be designed to catch you out! Don’t look like you have prepared a ‘stock’ answer Want to come across as confident , but not arrogant!
Again – be positive BUT NOT arrogant BE enthusiastic Professioanl Reflect on performance after I/V Get some feedback from employer if not positive outcome – discuss with CA & learn form experience.
Negative Talk too much or not enough?
M.H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnic
March 02, 2013
Types of Interview:
• HR Interview
• Combination, e.g. 1st
interview on telephone,
then 2nd face to face.
Find the most suitable person for the job
Look for specific skills or expertise
Encourage you to express yourself fully
Assess whether you would ‘fit in’ to the
• Assess whether you would be a good representative for
• Sell the company
The Employer and “U”
• KNOW THE EMPLOYER:
- Product, turnover, core areas, departments
- Website, brochure, company annual reports,
business plan, newspaper articles, friends
• WHERE DO “I” FIT IN??
• Believe in yourself and your abilities
• Draw up a list of skills/competencies you think the
company is looking for, and think of examples how you
can demonstrate these
• Consider your ‘Unique Selling Points’ – i.e. what makes
YOU the ideal candidate—SWOT Analysis
• Find out who will be interviewing you
Types of Questions:
• Biographical : Tell me about your education/ career/
experience to date
• Motivation/Commitment : Why are you interested in
this job? Why have you applied to us ?
• Competence : What are the key skills for this job ?
What are your strengths ? What can you bring to this job
• Scenario : What would you do if…?
• Opinion : What do you think about…?
Types of Questions:
• Current Issues : e.g. the state of Indian politics
• Business Awareness : What experience do you have
of the business world ?
• Off The Wall : Who would you like to be stuck in a lift
with and why?
• Ethical : Should the generating companies be sued if
there are high flue gas emissions?
• Worst Question!!!
Beware of trick/ what if/ difficult questions!
Questions That Test These Skills:
• Commitment : Tell me about a time when you have
perhaps doubted your decision to study engineering?
• Team work : Have you been involved in a project where
a colleague was not pulling their weight ? What did you
do about it ?
• Organised approach : Tell us about a deadline you have
had to meet which you found challenging/ what did you
do ? How did you resolve any problems ?
Skills Based Questions cont...
• Initiative : Tell me about a recent situation where you
have been really thrown in at the deep end ?
• Drive and ambition : Can you give me an example of an
occasion or task when you felt you had stretched
yourself ? How did you react ? What was the outcome ?
Check timetables/route; overnight stay if necessary.
Allow extra time for delays
Plan what to wear : dress code - formal
Need to feel comfortable
Techniques for dealing with nerves
Confirm your attendance in advance
Handling Questions :
• Allow yourself thinking time : Not too long or employer
may conclude you cant think on your feet
• Seek clarification : “Would you like me to continue?”,
“Would you mind repeating the question?”, “Can you rephrase that ?”
• Answers to open ended questions should avoid
rambling/ going off at a tangent
• Think of body language – open/confident; eye contact;
Your Questions :
• The Organisation : strategic goals; challenges they are
facing; which markets/clients are most important to them
• Training : Explore training/development opportunities,
• Working Conditions : line management, assessment of
• Avoid questions on salary, holidays, bonuses until you
have been offered the job. Avoid questions that could be
seen as a criticism.
The Group Discussion
THE GOLDEN RULE – “PEST”
The Aptitude Test
• ENGLISH, QUANTITIVE APTITUDE, MATHS,
• THINK ON YOUR HEELS
• MOVE ON!
Common Mistakes :
• Poor/lack of preparation
• Lack of knowledge about job/ employer/ current industry
• Negative about self
• Using “We” instead of “I”
• Not giving examples to back up statements
• Not relating answers back to the job
• Lack of motivation and enthusiasm
Post Interview :
• Reflect on performance : were you positive; were your
answers full enough
• Note down questions asked for future reference
• Request feedback on your performance from employer
• If unsuccessful, learn from your mistakes
• Stay positive!
If you can conceive it,
and if you can believe in it,
then you can achieve it!
ALL THE BEST
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS