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  • 1. Interview Skills
    RVS Coimbatore
  • 2. Today’s Agenda
    What are interviews and Why?
    The process
    Home work for interviews
    Regular questions
    On the interview day
    Questions you can ask…
    Do’s and Don'ts
  • 3. What is an interview?
    Next step in the application process
    1) Info gathering
    2) Resume preparation
    3) Resume submission
    5) Subsequent interviews
    6) Job offer
  • 4. Why?
    To determine if This job & You
  • 5. What happens at the interview?
    Three parts:
    • Greeting
    • 7. Handshake?
    • 8. Introduction of candidate to interviewer(s)
  • BODY
    • Information about the company & position
    • 9. More information from the candidate
    • 10. Candidate asks questions
    • 11. Candidate shares goals, aspirations, plans
  • Successful Interviews
    Making the most of the interview
  • 12. Interview = A meeting with an objective
    • Employer’s objective is to find the best person for the job
    • 13. Employer: reviews candidate’s experience and abilities
    • 14. Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, qualifications)
    • 15. Will you do the job? (interest, attitude & motivation)
    • 16. How will you fit into the organisation? (personality)
  • Your objective
    • Impress employer and assess position on offer
    • 17. What does this position offer me?
    • 18. How does it fit with my career plans?
    • 19. You must prove that you are the most suitable candidatefor this position
  • Preparation
    • Review own skills, experiences and qualities
    • 20. Check CV
    • 21. Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples
    • 22. Prepare key selling points
  • Research organisation
    • Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc
    • 23. Contacts with knowledge of organisation or sector
    • 24. Relevant articles in the press
    • 25. Personal visit or telephone call
  • Research
    Research job and occupational area
    Job description – or similar
    Current issues
    Prepare your questions
  • 26. Typical Questions
    About you
    Tell me about yourself - Bring me up to date with your Resume?
    Why did you choose that particular degree programme?
    What experience have you had that is relevant to this post?
    What would you consider your major achievements to date?
  • 27. About the job
    What interests you about this job?
    What do you know about this organisation?
    What other options are you considering?
    How do you see your career developing – 5 years?
    If you were Head of Department, what would be your priorities?
  • 28. General Awareness
    What do you think of the Government’s policy on college fees?
    What do you think about President Abdul Kalam
    Your opinions about Copenhagen
    Should Andhra be divided
  • 29. Competency/Behaviour based
    Company identifies key skills required for job
    Designs questions to elicit evidence of skills
    Emphasis on past behaviour as predictor of success
  • 30. Teamwork
    Describe a team project you worked on. What problems arose? How did you deal with them?
  • 31. Communication Skills
    Communication Skills: Describe situation when you had to persuade others to support your view. Give an example of any reports you’ve written which illustrate your writing skills
  • 32. Interpersonal skills
    Interpersonal skills: What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with? How do you handle those situations?
  • 33. Taking Responsibility
    Describe a time when you took responsibility to achieve a challenging goal
  • 34. A good answer should have three parts. Think of it as a “STAR” response
    1. ST: Situation or Task. Describe the context in which the behavior or action took place.2. A: Action.Logically take the interviewer through the STEPS you took to handle the situation or resolve the problem3. R: Results.Explain your results even if you weren't as successful as you'd hoped.
  • 35. Your Answers
    Listen carefully, seek clarification
    Illustrate answers with real examples and evidence
    Be positive – constructive criticism
    Keep answers specific and succinct
    Take time to respond
    Be alert to interviewer’s body language
    Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm
    Know what you want to say, and find the opportunity
  • 36. Your Questions
    Training programmes
    Career development opportunities
    Types of projects & responsibilities
    Reporting structure
    Performance appraisal
    Profile of staff
    Questions about topics raised in interview
    What happens next?
  • 37. Watch the Body Language
    First impressions very powerful
    Halo effect or Devil effect
    Allow time to relax
    Dress appropriately
    Entrance, introductions & handshake
    Smile and make eye contact
    Be aware of own movements
    Watch body language of interviewer
  • 38. Positive Body Language
    Positive Entrance
    Relaxed Smile
    Direct Eye Contact
    Straight Posture
    Firm Handshake
    Leaning Slightly Forward
    Use of Hand Movement
    Feet Flat on Floor
  • 39. Negative Body Language
    Lack of Enthusiasm or Curiosity
    Weak Handshake
    Lack of Eye Contact
    Nervous Movements
    Arms Crossed
    Hands Clenched
    Looking at Watch
  • 40. CLOSING
    • Opportunity to leave last
    • Reaffirm interest
    • 41. Obtain follow-up information
    • 42. Thank the interviewer(s)