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  • Don’t “learn” answers off by heart though.
  • 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?
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    • 1. Interview Techniques M.H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnic March 02, 2013
    • 2. Types of Interview: • HR Interview • Technical • Others • Panel • Telephone/video • Combination, e.g. 1st interview on telephone, then 2nd face to face.
    • 3. Interviewers’ Objectives: • • • • 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 organisation/team • Assess whether you would be a good representative for the company • Sell the company
    • 4. Your Objective: JUST GET THE JOB DAMMIT!!!!
    • 5. BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
    • 6. 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
    • 7. Interview Preparation • 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
    • 8. 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…?
    • 9. 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!
    • 10. Skills Employers Look For : • • • • • • Communication skills Honesty / integrity Teamwork Interpersonal Skills Organised approach Commercial awareness • • • • • • Motivation / initiative Strong work ethic Analytical skills Flexibility / adaptability Computer skills Drive and ambition
    • 11. 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 ?
    • 12. 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 ?
    • 13. Preparation Practicalities : • • • • • • 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
    • 14. THE D-DAY
    • 15. General • • • • • • Reach at least 15-20 min early Read company magazines, circulars if get one Re-read application form/CV Feel Confident Feel great! RELAXXXX!!!!!
    • 16. The Interview • • • • • • • ENTERING HANDSHAKE SITTING POSTURE RELAX ANSWERING QUESTIONS SMILE
    • 17. 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; expansive gestures; • SMILE!!!!
    • 18. Your Questions : • The Organisation : strategic goals; challenges they are facing; which markets/clients are most important to them and why • Training : Explore training/development opportunities, • Working Conditions : line management, assessment of performance; growth • Avoid questions on salary, holidays, bonuses until you have been offered the job. Avoid questions that could be seen as a criticism.
    • 19. The Group Discussion • • • • • • • THE ARRANGEMENT YOUR POSITION INITIATING LISTEN!!! THE GOLDEN RULE – “PEST” REMEMBER NAMES SUMMARISING
    • 20. The Aptitude Test • FORMAT • ENGLISH, QUANTITIVE APTITUDE, MATHS, TECHNICAL • THINK ON YOUR HEELS • MOVE ON! • BOOKS
    • 21. Common Mistakes : • Poor/lack of preparation • Lack of knowledge about job/ employer/ current industry issues • 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
    • 22. 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!
    • 23. REMEMBER If you can conceive it, and if you can believe in it, then you can achieve it!
    • 24. THANK YOU AND ALL THE BEST PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS