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  1. 1. Interviewing TipsIntroduction:The interview is when employers will get to knowyour personality, interests, goals, and objectives. Youwill no longer be a list of skills and experiences on apiece of paper; this is your opportunity to give specificexamples and anecdotes and explain how theseexperiences make you the perfect candidate for theposition. It is the perfect time to demonstrate yourinterest in the position and your knowledge about thecompany and the industry. This is the time for theemployer to find out who you are, so be yourself.What Employers Are Looking For:Interviews can be very stressful, but the best way toovercome this is to be prepared and know whatemployers are looking for:Job candidates with a definite idea of theirgoals, objectives, strengths, and skills.Candidates who are knowledgeable about theposition they are interviewing for, the companyand its products, and the industry overall.Candidates who can match their own skills andexperiences with the needs of the company.Candidates who are confident in themselvesand their ability to contribute to the company.Candidates who can discuss past experiencesand give specific examples that demonstratetheir skills and accomplishments.Prepare Beforehand:Another way to decrease the stress of an interview is toprepare beforehand. Review your resume and makesure you know your skills, experiences, goals,interests, accomplishments, and objectives inside andout. Youll be asked a lot of open-ended questions, andyou will need to be able to give specific examples andarticulate yourself clearly and concisely.Search JobsBy Keyw ordsKey words can be Nameof a company, anyparticular position, orany Specializedqualification or degreeCareer ResourceInterview TipsResume WritingTipsCover LetterArticlesCareerCounselingJob Search TipsEducation GuideCareer GuideInterview TipsWhat EmployersAre Looking ForPrepareBeforehandTips ForInterviewTypicalQuestionsAnswereContact Limited8th Floor - WestBDBL Bhaban (oldBSRS Bhaban)12 Kawran BazarDhaka-1215Bangladesh
  2. 2. Familiarize yourself with the most common QuestionsAsked by an Employer. Develop answers to thesequestions, but do not memorize your answers. Makesure all of your responses are positive and highlightyour skills and accomplishments. When asked aboutdifficult or negative experiences, describe thoseexperiences as learning experiences.During the interview, the employer will not be the onlyperson asking questions; you are expected to askquestions throughout the interview, as well as at theend when the inevitable question is asked: "So, do youhave any questions for me?" Always ask questions. Ifthe employer has answered all of your questionsalready, come up with something else to ask about.Your questions can demonstrate your interest in theposition and your knowledge about the company andindustry. Keep your entire questions job related.TIPS FOR INTERVIEW:Here are a few suggestions on how to approach theinterview process:Research the company. It is good to becomefamiliar with the organization, the position andthe person who may be your boss. Try to matchyour skills and experience to the position youare seeking.Look good. First impressions are lasting, somake it count. Projecting a confident andprofessional image is essential. Dressprofessionally, but dont overdo it with jewelryor excessive perfume or cologne.Know the location of the interview. Considerdriving/ arriving at the location in advance.Rushing around trying to find the facility canadd to your nervousness.Know your resume. Be prepared to discussand defend every aspect of your education andEmail:service@bdjobs.comTel: +880-2-9117179 ,+880-2-9140345 , +880-2-8124366 , +880-2-9143104 , +880-2-9144559Mobile: 01919 BDJOBS(235627) , 01811410852-6, 01841-BDJOBS ,01811410851 ( forChittagong )
  3. 3. career experience.Focus more on the interview, less on the job.Theres time to evaluate the job and whetheryou want it after the interviewer has learnedabout you. For now, your goal is to get invitedback for a second interview or an offer. Thenyou can decide if the job is just what you want.Talk about your previous contributions.Prospective employers are interested inknowing how you made a difference in yourprevious job. In a way, you need to convincethe interviewer that youre the answer to thecompanys needs.Look for ways to sell yourself. Seizeopportunities to tell the prospective employerhow good you are. Be careful not to boast, butspeak confidently about your skills.Dont overdo it. Choose your words carefullyand dont talk too much. Most people onlyretain 20 percent of what they hear. Select yourwords, speak clearly and get to the point.Avoid fear by visualizing the interview. Itsjust an interview, not the gallows, so imaginethe experience in advance. Try to visualizevarious things like your clothing, items tobring, physical presentation, eye contact, bodylanguage, etc.Listen carefully. Pause briefly after eachquestion before you respond to be sure theinterviewer has finished speaking. Answerquestions directly and concisely. If you dontunderstand, ask for clarification.Bring your questions. You also areinterviewing the company, too. Start withquestions about the organization and move tocareer growth, working conditions, etc. Savebenefits and compensation for last.
  4. 4. Write down important data. Get the namesand titles of the people with whom youinterview. Be sure the spelling is correct, asyou may need the information later.Dont run away. After the interview, dont justhop up and head down the hall. Try to leave agood final impression by letting the interviewerknow you really want the job and that youreready to move to the next step in theemployment process. If that doesnt feel right,simply ask about the next step in the process.Obtain resources. Grab an annual report,product information or other data that will giveyou a better picture of the company and thekind of work you might be doing.Dont become invisible. Following theinterview there is a way in which you can becontacted, even if you are out of town.TYPICAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED:Here is a list of the repeated questions that relate toalmost any type of job. Please note that an interviewermay also ask questions that relate to the specificposition that you are applying for.1. Tell something about yourself.The most often asked question in interviews.You need to have a short statement prepared inyour mind. Be careful that it does not soundrehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unlessinstructed otherwise. Talk about things youhave done and jobs you have held that relate tothe position you are interviewing for. Start withthe item farthest back and work up to thepresent. Since this is often the opening questionin an interview, be extra careful that you dontrun off at the mouth. Keep your answer to aminute or two at most. Cover five topicsincluding personal introduction, early years,
  5. 5. education, work history, and recent careerexperience. Emphasize this last subject.Remember that this is likely to be a warm-upquestion. Dont waste your best points on it.2. What is your greatest / best strength? Or,what is your strength?For this question numerous answers are good,just stay positive. A few good examples may bea) Your ability to prioritize, b) Your problem-solving skills, c) Your ability to work underpressure, d) Your ability to focus on projects, e)your professional expertise, f) your leadershipskills, g) your positive attitude towards worksetc., in addition to your strong academicbackground.3. Tell something about your weakness. Orwhat are your weakness?The interviewer who asks this question islooking to see how honest you are withyourself, and how well you deal with your ownshortcomings.Bit of a tricky question this, after all no onewants to show their weaknesses but we all havethem. Dont pretend you dont haveweaknesses, and dont avoid answering thequestion. This is your chance to show that youare honest and take responsibility for youractions.A good way to answer this question is tomention your weakness, then tell what youhave done to overcome that weakness. If youhave been disorganized in the past, you couldsay, "I used to be very disorganized, alwaysforgetting assignments and birthdays. But Imanaged to work out a computerized system ofto-do lists and reminders that keeps me on topof everything. "You could also say, I don‟t
  6. 6. have straight way transport or bus service frommy residence to the office. So, during the rainydays I had difficulties in finding a rickshaw toreach the bus stop and I would get late,occasionally. Now on the raining days, I get upearlier in the morning and rush out to my officeto reach on time.”The most comprehensive way of dealing withthis question is to try and turn it into a“positive” from a “negative”.4. Do you consider yourself successful?You should always answer yes and brieflyexplain why. A good explanation is that youhave set goals, and you have met some and areon track to achieve the others.5. What do you know about this organization?This question is one reason to do some researchon the organization before the interview. Findout where they have been and where they aregoing. You should be able to discuss productsor services, revenues, reputation, image, goals,problems, management style, people, historyand philosophy. But dont act as if you knoweverything about the place. Let your answershow that you have taken the time to do someresearch, but dont try to overwhelm theinterviewer, and make it clear that you wish tolearn more. You might start your answer in thismanner: "In my job search, Ive investigated anumber of companies. Yours is one of the fewthat interests me, for these reasons..."Give your answer a positive tone. Dont say,"Well, everyone tells me that youre in all sortsof trouble, and thats why Im here", even if thatis why youre there.6. Are you applying for other jobs?
  7. 7. Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in thisarea. Keep the focus on this job and what youcan do for this organization. Anything else is adistraction.7. Why do you want to work for thisorganization?This may take some thought and certainly,should be based on the research you have doneon the organization. Sincerity is extremelyimportant here and will easily be sensed. Relateit to your long-term career goals.8. Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position.Whats your opinion?Emphasize your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization, and saythat you assume that if you perform well in hisjob, new opportunities will open up for you.Mention that a strong company needs a strongstaff. Observe that experienced executives arealways at a premium. Suggest that since youare so well qualified, the employer will get afast return on his investment. Say that agrowing, energetic company can never havetoo much talent.9. What important trends do you see in ourindustry?Be prepared with two or three trends thatillustrate how well you understand yourindustry. You might consider technologicalchallenges or opportunities, economicconditions, or even regulatory demands as youcollect your thoughts about the direction inwhich your business is heading.10. How do you handle stress and pressure?A typical interview question, asked to get a
  8. 8. sense of how you handle on-the-job stress, is"How do you handle pressure?" Examples ofgood responses include:o Stress is very important to me. Withstress, I do the best possible job. Theappropriate way to deal with stress is tomake sure I have the correct balancebetween good stress and bad stress. Ineed good stress to stay motivated andproductive.o I react to situations, rather than tostress. That way, the situation ishandled and doesnt become stressful.o I actually work better under pressureand Ive found that I enjoy working in achallenging environment.o From a personal perspective, I managestress by visiting the gym/ walking amile every evening. Its a great stressreducer.o Prioritizing my responsibilities so Ihave a clear idea of what needs to bedone when has helped me effectivelymanage pressure on the job.o If the people I am managing arecontributing to my stress level, I discussoptions for better handling difficultsituations with them.11. Why did you leave your last job?Stay positive regardless of the circumstances.Never refer to a major problem withmanagement and never speak ill of supervisors,co-workers or the organization. If you do, youwill be the one looking bad. Keep
  9. 9. smiling and talk about leaving for a positivereason such as an opportunity, a chance to dosomething special or other forward-lookingreasons.12. What experience do you have in this field?Speak about specifics that relate to the positionyou are applying for. If you do not havespecific experience, get as close as you can.13. What kind of salary do you need?A loaded question. A nasty little game that youwill probably lose if you answer first. So, donot answer it. Instead, say something like,"that‟s a tough question. Can you tell me therange for this position?”In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard,will tell you. If not, say that it can depend onthe details of the job. Then give a wide range.If you are asked the question during an initialscreening interview, you might say that youfeel you need to know more about thepositions responsibilities before you could givea meaningful answer to that question. Here,too, either by asking the interviewer or„Executive Search firm‟ (if one is involved), orin research done as part of your homework, youcan try to find out whether there is a salarygrade attached to the job. If there is, and if youcan live with it, say that the range seems rightto you. But whenever possible, say as little asyou can about salary until you reach the "final"stage of the interview process. At that point,you know that the company is genuinelyinterested in you and that it is likely to beflexible in salary negotiations.14. Are you a team player?You are, of course, a team player. Be sure tohave examples ready. Specifics that show youoften perform for the good of the team rather
  10. 10. than for yourself are good evidence of yourteam attitude. Do not brag, just say it in amatter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.15. Explain how you would be an asset to thisorganization.You should be anxious for this question. Itgives you a chance to highlight your best pointsas they relate to the position being discussed.Give a little advance thought to thisrelationship.16. Tell me about your dream job.Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win.If you say the job you are contending for is it,you strain credibility. If you say another job isit, you plant the suspicion that you will bedissatisfied with this position if hired. The bestis to stay generic and say something like: A jobwhere I love the work, like the people, cancontribute and can‟t wait to get to work.17. What is more important to you: the moneyor the work?Money is always important, but the work is themost important. There is no better answer.18. What has disappointed you about a job?Don‟t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are fewbut can include:Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off ina reduction Company did not win a contract,which would have given you moreresponsibility.19. Tell me about your ability to work underpressure.You may say that you thrive under certain
  11. 11. types of pressure. Give an example that relatesto the type of position applied for.20. What motivates you to do your best on thejob?This is a personal trait that only you can say,but good examples are:Challenge, Achievement, Recognition21. Would you be willing to relocate if required?You should be clear on this with your familyprior to the interview if you think there is achance it may come up. Do not say “yes” justto get the job if the real answer is “no”. Thiscan create a lot of problems later on in yourcareer. Be honest at this point and save yourselffuture grief.22. What have you learned from mistakes on thejob?Here you have to come up with something oryou strain credibility. Make it small, wellintentioned mistake with a positive lessonlearned. An example would be “working too farahead of colleagues on a project andthus throwing coordination off”.23. What do you look for when You hirepeople?Think in terms of skills, initiative, and theadaptability to be able to work comfortably andeffectively with others. Mention that you like tohire people who appear capable of moving upin the organization.24. What do you think is the most difficult thingabout being a manager or executive?Mention planning, execution, and cost-control.
  12. 12. The most difficult task is to motivate andmanage employees to get something plannedand completed on time and within the budget.25. Why are you leaving (did you leave) yourpresent (last) job? (if there is one)Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you canwithout hurting yourself. Refer back to theplanning phase of your job search. Where youconsidered this topic as you set your referencestatements. If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback, say so; otherwise, indicatethat the move was your decision, the result ofyour action. Do not mention personalityconflicts. The interviewer may spend sometime probing you on this issue, particularly if itis clear that you were terminated. The "Weagreed to disagree" approach may be useful.Remember that your references are likely to bechecked, so dont make-up a story for aninterview.26. In your current (last) position, what featuresdo (did) you like the most? The least?Be careful and be positive. Describe morefeatures that you liked than disliked. Dont citepersonality problems. If you make your last jobsound terrible, an interviewer may wonder whyyou remained there until now.27. What do you think of your boss?Be as positive as you can. A potential boss islikely to wonder if you might talk about him insimilar terms at some point in the future.28. What are your long-range goals?Refer back to the planning phase of your jobsearch. Dont answer, "I want the job youveadvertised." Relate your goals to the companyyou are interviewing: in a firm like yours, Iwould like to..."
  13. 13. 29. Do you have any questions for me?Always have some questions prepared.Questions prepared where you will be an assetto the organization are good. How soon will Ibe able to be productive? and What type ofprojects will I be able to assist on? Areexamples.30. Where do you expect your career to be in 10years?(Be careful here. You do not want to give theimpression that youre simply using thiscompany as a stepping-stone to another career.Think of a related managerial position withinthe company that would interest you.)There is a story about a young accountant whowas asked this question by a CPA (CertifiedPublic Accountant) firm during an interview.The young accountant replied that he sawhimself as the comptroller of a largecorporation. In other words, "Im just usingyour firm to teach me and then after you spendyour resources training me, I will leave to gowork for someone else." Needless to say, hewas not offered a position with the CPA firm.They know that 75% of the people they hirewill leave within 10 years, but they do not wantto hire someone who comes in with that plan.31. Describe your Management style.Try to avoid labels. Some of the more commonlabels, like progressive, salesman or consensus,can have several meanings or descriptionsdepending on which management expert youlisten to. The situationalstyle is safe, because it says you will manageaccording to the situation, instead of one sizefits all.FINAL NOTE:
  14. 14. You can never be sure exactly what will happen at aninterview, but you can be prepared for commoninterview questions. Take time to think about youranswers now. You might even write them down toclarify your thinking. The key to all interviewquestions is to be honest, and to be positive. Focusyour answers on skills and abilities that apply to thejob you are seeking. BEST OF LUCK.