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Ace the Interview
Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job
You Want
a primer for Fresh Graduates
Ace the Interview
Maximizing your Potentials to
Getting the Job You Want
Part 1: PREPARING
 Knowing the Interviewer
 Preparing yourself
 Answering Questions
 The Three Cardinal Rules in an Interview
 Anatomy ...
Know your enemy
Before you prepare for the interview, it’s useful to understand how most
organizations decide what they ar...
Check if you have the relevant skills and
experience stated in your resume;
Clarify any puzzling, missing or less than
f...
 Essential skills (qualifications, abilities and
achievements)
 Desirable skills (qualifications, abilities and
achievem...
The Anatomy of an Interview
STAGE 1:
The Welcome
STAGE 2:
The Questions
STAGE 3: Over to You
STAGE 4:
The Finish
Two Kinds of Interview Questions
Structured Questions
•The same for all applicants
•Usually compiled well in advance of of...
What you should prepare for?
• Evidence that you meet their needs with regard to skills, qualities and
experience
Evidence...
What you should prepare for?
• Evidence that you meet their needs with regard to
skills, qualities and experience
Evidence...
What you should prepare for?
• Reassuring answers and satisfactory explanations for
those unclear areas in your resume
Evi...
What you should prepare for?
• Some knowledge of the industry or business sector, and the
interviewing company in particul...
What you should prepare for?
• The reasons you want this job
Evidence 4
 Don’t be vague about your reasons. Be clear on h...
Ace the Interview
Maximizing your Potentials to
Getting the Job You Want
Part 2: THE INTERVIEW
Making a good impression
 Openness
 Be open, accessible, responsive, and communicative
 Avoid one-word, yes-no answers ...
The 3 Cardinal Rules
STICK TO THE
POINT
ILLUSTRATE
YOUR ANSWERS
STOP WHEN YOU
NEED TO STOP
The 3 Cardinal Rules
STICK TO
THE POINT
 Listen to the question and make sure
you answer it
 Keep your answers relevant ...
The 3 Cardinal Rules
Illustrate
your Answers
 Don’t just say you can do, x, y, or z
 Support your claim with concrete
ex...
The 3 Cardinal Rules
Stop when you
need to stop
 When you’ve answered the question,
stop talking
 However, don’t let the...
Ace the Interview
Maximizing your Potentials to
Getting the Job You Want
Part 3: THE QUESTIONS
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Tell me something about yourself.”
I’m a (give a concise description of yourself in 15 words...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Why do you want to work here?”
I am looking for a position where I can use my (relevant skil...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Why did you choose the course/subject you did?”
 Try to relate your course to the type of w...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“What are you looking for in a job?”
 Here the interviewer is looking for:
 The chance to s...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Have you ever worked under pressure?
 The interviewer needs to know that you:
 Have experi...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Have you ever worked under pressure?
I would say I’m reasonably stress-hardy. I have experie...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?”
In five years’ time I would ideally like to ...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“What are your greatest strength?”
 Even if you still lack experience and your skills are un...
Questions They Ask Everybody
“What are your greatest strength?”
I would say my greatest strengths are (give three of your ...
Ace the Interview
Maximizing your Potentials to
Getting the Job You Want
Part 4: MANAGING YOUR
EMOTONS
Overcoming Nerves
Almost everyone looks nervous in interviews, but believe it or
not, interviewers are quite tolerant. The...
Overcoming Nerves
Don’t let fear of nerves prevent you from making a
positive impression:
 Practice (entering the room, s...
 Knowing the Interviewer
 Preparing yourself
 Answering Questions
 The Three Cardinal Rules in an Interview
 Anatomy ...
Questions
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  1. 1. Ace the Interview Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job You Want a primer for Fresh Graduates
  2. 2. Ace the Interview Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job You Want Part 1: PREPARING
  3. 3.  Knowing the Interviewer  Preparing yourself  Answering Questions  The Three Cardinal Rules in an Interview  Anatomy of an Interview  Questions they ask Everybody  Overcoming Nerves Agenda
  4. 4. Know your enemy Before you prepare for the interview, it’s useful to understand how most organizations decide what they are looking for in a candidate What do they want? Someone who can do the job. Experience Knowledge Skills Someone who will do the job. Personal characteristics Enthusiasm Commitment
  5. 5. Check if you have the relevant skills and experience stated in your resume; Clarify any puzzling, missing or less than favorable features; Complete the picture of you presented in the resume The Purpose of the Interview
  6. 6.  Essential skills (qualifications, abilities and achievements)  Desirable skills (qualifications, abilities and achievements)  Industry Knowledge  Career Development  Consistency and stability of employment within the industry  General employment stability An Interviewer Looks For…
  7. 7. The Anatomy of an Interview STAGE 1: The Welcome STAGE 2: The Questions STAGE 3: Over to You STAGE 4: The Finish
  8. 8. Two Kinds of Interview Questions Structured Questions •The same for all applicants •Usually compiled well in advance of of the interview •Designed to probe how well each applicant matches the criteria for a specific job •Questions like: •How do you deal with an aggressive client? •Tell me about an occasion when you had to motivate another person into doing best in his/her job? •Tell me something about yourself? •How do you see yourself in this company after five years? Person-Specific Questions •Makes the interview process fair •Designed to explore your particular circumstances •Aims to uncover your weak spots •Questions like: •What’s your greatest weakness? •Tell me about a time you lost your temper? •How do you feel about deadlines? •I noticed that you took a 4-year course for seven years. May I know why?
  9. 9. What you should prepare for? • Evidence that you meet their needs with regard to skills, qualities and experience Evidence 1 • Reassuring answers and satisfactory explanations for those unclear areas in your resume Evidence 2 • Some knowledge of the industry or business sector, and the interviewing company in particular Evidence 3 • Sound reasons why you are applying for the job Evidence 4
  10. 10. What you should prepare for? • Evidence that you meet their needs with regard to skills, qualities and experience Evidence 1  Reread the advertisement and the job description  Find examples that will highlight your skills and qualities  Make notes that show how, when and where you’ve experienced them and what were the results  Draft anecdotes that will show how you can bring BENEFITS for the company  PRACTICE!
  11. 11. What you should prepare for? • Reassuring answers and satisfactory explanations for those unclear areas in your resume Evidence 2  Look at your resume or application form with an employer’s eye and match it to the job description or job ad. Are there any obvious mismatches such as:  Shortage of relevant skills or experience?  Shortage of experience in certain areas?  Lack of qualifications?  Find ways on how you can highlight other areas to demagnify these mismatches.
  12. 12. What you should prepare for? • Some knowledge of the industry or business sector, and the interviewing company in particular Evidence 3  The simplest way to find out about the industry or the company is to ask information from those who know  How do you find out?  Any customer newsletter or magazine  An employee  Company website  Job ads
  13. 13. What you should prepare for? • The reasons you want this job Evidence 4  Don’t be vague about your reasons. Be clear on how the position fits in your career path and progressions  Show the interviewer that this position may have been made for someone like you
  14. 14. Ace the Interview Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job You Want Part 2: THE INTERVIEW
  15. 15. Making a good impression  Openness  Be open, accessible, responsive, and communicative  Avoid one-word, yes-no answers if you possibly can  Enthusiasm  Show that you are happy and excited to work with them (but don’t overdo it!)  Express interest in the job and in the people (again: but don’t overdo it!)  Confidence  It may be the last thing you’ll feel but confidence is the one thing you must always project!  Energy  Sit up straight, look alert, speak clearly, smile and make eye contact  Appearing energetic and lively, projects a positive vibe, optimism and positivity
  16. 16. The 3 Cardinal Rules STICK TO THE POINT ILLUSTRATE YOUR ANSWERS STOP WHEN YOU NEED TO STOP
  17. 17. The 3 Cardinal Rules STICK TO THE POINT  Listen to the question and make sure you answer it  Keep your answers relevant to the job you are interviewing for  Remember: most people have a two- minute attention span, so keep you answers shorter than this  If at first, you didn’t get the question it’s perfectly all right to ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase it
  18. 18. The 3 Cardinal Rules Illustrate your Answers  Don’t just say you can do, x, y, or z  Support your claim with concrete examples.  Remember to still stick to the point, though
  19. 19. The 3 Cardinal Rules Stop when you need to stop  When you’ve answered the question, stop talking  However, don’t let the silence wallow  You can close your response by asking “I hope that answers your question” or “Does that cover all the points you need to know?”
  20. 20. Ace the Interview Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job You Want Part 3: THE QUESTIONS
  21. 21. Questions They Ask Everybody “Tell me something about yourself.” I’m a (give a concise description of yourself in 15 words, or less). I’m an experienced (what you are) with an extensive knowledge of (your relevant knowledge area), including (a key point) and (another key point). My main qualifications are (give at least two or three of your most relevant skills or key qualifications). I also have experience in (go on to your next most relevant skill or knowledge area), including (develop one or two key points). My achievements to date include (two or thee of your major achievements).
  22. 22. Questions They Ask Everybody “Why do you want to work here?” I am looking for a position where I can use my (relevant skill, aptitude or area of experience). I believe this job would allow me to make the most of my (a talent, aptitude, skill or ability) along with (another skill, personal quality, or ability). I see it, above all, as a natural development from (your experience, further qualifications of training).
  23. 23. Questions They Ask Everybody “Why did you choose the course/subject you did?”  Try to relate your course to the type of work you’re applying for, as well as to your own interests and tastes. The interviewer is looking for:  Clearly thought out reasons that show you can analyze and evaluate information and come to a decision  Your sense of commitment to whatever decision you made  Your self-awareness about your strengths, interests and talents  An appreciation of what education and your course have taught you  Your ability to match future goals to current action
  24. 24. Questions They Ask Everybody “What are you looking for in a job?”  Here the interviewer is looking for:  The chance to start in your chosen career  The opportunity to learn the skills required  The opportunity to make a valid contribution even at a entry level  The chance to use the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired
  25. 25. Questions They Ask Everybody “Have you ever worked under pressure?  The interviewer needs to know that you:  Have experience of working under pressure – outline briefly how, when and where  Are able to cope with it – explain how you keep your balance  Have tried and tested ways of handling stress and tension over the long term
  26. 26. Questions They Ask Everybody “Have you ever worked under pressure? I would say I’m reasonably stress-hardy. I have experience of working under pressure (while we were doing our college thesis). I kept the pressure manageable by (being organized, planning, prioritizing, etc). I find it very useful to (say what practical steps you take to prepare).
  27. 27. Questions They Ask Everybody “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” In five years’ time I would ideally like to be (say what you can reasonably expect to be doing). I think I have the (skills and abilities) to achieve that, especially with (requirements such as further training, experience, specific professional qualifications). I believe this position will help me achieve that goal because (give reasons, such as excellent training programs, opportunities for advancement, leading company in the field).
  28. 28. Questions They Ask Everybody “What are your greatest strength?”  Even if you still lack experience and your skills are untried in the workplace, you can turn it into a strength and emphasize your potential  Although you can’t offer them experience, and expertise yet, you can bring to the job:  Enthusiasm and energy  Your ability to learn  Adaptability  Freshness
  29. 29. Questions They Ask Everybody “What are your greatest strength?” I would say my greatest strengths are (give three of your talents and personal qualities that you feel are genuine strengths and are appropriate for the job). I believe I’ve demonstrated these in the past by (give a brief story that shows you using your strengths). Although experience isn’t one of my key strengths as yet, I do have (give the experience you have and any theortical background). As well as that, though, I believe I can bring to the job (enthusiasm, open mindedness, energy).
  30. 30. Ace the Interview Maximizing your Potentials to Getting the Job You Want Part 4: MANAGING YOUR EMOTONS
  31. 31. Overcoming Nerves Almost everyone looks nervous in interviews, but believe it or not, interviewers are quite tolerant. They’ve been there, too. Also, they need someone to fill a vacant post. There have this problem. And they want you to succeed. But if you continue to show your nervousness, they’ll start to think if you’re ready for the interview, or worse, if you’re ready for the job.
  32. 32. Overcoming Nerves Don’t let fear of nerves prevent you from making a positive impression:  Practice (entering the room, shaking hands, etc.)  Get organized  Know exactly where the interview will be  Double check the time and date of the interview  Get everything ready THE NIGHT BEFORE!!!  Arrive at your destination early enough  Check your appearance (hair, smile, fly, buttons, etc.)  Avoid tea or coffee an hour or so before the interview
  33. 33.  Knowing the Interviewer  Preparing yourself  Answering Questions  The Three Cardinal Rules in an Interview  Anatomy of an Interview  Questions they ask Everybody  Overcoming Nerves Agenda
  34. 34. Questions
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