Interviewing Skills


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Tips for a Professional Interview.
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Interviewing Skills

  1. 1. Interviewing SkillsBy:Pakinam AhmedMostafa Hussien
  2. 2. Interview Myths• Employers Know What They Want• Employers Are Experts at Interviewing• Employers Like to See You Squirm
  3. 3. Interview RealityThey Don’t Really Care About You
  4. 4. Agenda• Before the interview • During the interview • After the interview
  5. 5. Types of interviews• Group interviews• Lunch/Dinner Interviews• Telephone Interviews• Informational Interviews• Online interviews
  6. 6. Ask not what the interviewer can do for you, but what you can do for the interviewer.
  7. 7. Before the interview• Preparation• Rehearsals• The 10-15 minutes .
  8. 8. Before the interview• Introduction and Greetings – Howdy – Walk Tall – Smile – Look them in the eyes
  9. 9. Before the interview• Men’s attire – Suit yourself. – Fit to be tied – Shoes and Socks – All Accessories Included
  10. 10. Before the interview• Women’s attire• The suit du jour• Heels and Hosiery• All Accessories Included
  11. 11. During the interview• General Tips – Don’t just perform, interact – Try to be an active listener – Remember your body language. – Develop rapport.
  12. 12. During the interview• General Tips – First impressions count. – Don’t hesitate. – Why should they hire you? – Expect the unexpected
  13. 13. During the interview• General Tips – Clarify anything you are unsure of. – Avoid long verbose answers. – Remain calm, relaxed and be yourself.
  14. 14. Magic Words?!“We,” “Us,” and “Our”
  15. 15. During the interview• Body language signs – Do’s • Smile. • Eye contact. • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. • Establish an amount of comfort personal space between you and the interviewer. • Nod.
  16. 16. During the interview• Body Language signs – Don’ts • Cross your arms. • Rub or touch your nose. • Cross your legs or idly shake one over the other. • Lean back. • Fidget your hands or tap your feet.
  17. 17. Don’t ask questions to which you already havethe answer, Ask questions that always allow you to demonstrate your value to the prospective employer
  18. 18. During the interview Tricky Questions• Cash flow is critical with us, but we’re really plagued by slow-paying customers. What has your experience been with this problem?• What can you tell me about yourself?• What have been your three most significant accomplishments in your current position?
  19. 19. During the interview Tricky Questions• why-did-you-leave?• What are you looking for?• If you were sitting in my seat, and I were in yours, what would you ask me?• Tell me about the time you had to fire a good friend.
  20. 20. During the interview one word answer negative answersAvoid transparently glib answers wrong answers answers that criticize your previous employer.
  21. 21. Skills are the intellectual and creative tools you carry with you and offer an employer.
  22. 22. Questions During the interview– Open ended and close ended questions
  23. 23. During the interview• Interview questions – Questions about you. – Work history. – Questions about the new job and the company. – Questions about your experience – Questions about your previous jobs – Questions about the future. – Salary questions
  24. 24. The End- Beware of the non verbal signs including Phrases beginning with “Well, it’s been …” “I want to thank you …” “Is there anything else you’d like me to know about …”- The interviewer rising from his chair- The interviewer eyeing the door- The interviewer looking at his watch
  25. 25. After the interview• Follow Up – Thank the interviewer. – Request a business card. – Send a thank you note – Ask for feedback
  26. 26. Any Questions?Thank you Pakinam Ahmed Mostafa Hussien