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Skills to win_in_interviews


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Tools and skills required to walk out of an interview with a job offer

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Skills to win_in_interviews

  1. 1. Interview Skills<br />RVS Coimbatore<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda<br />What are interviews and Why?<br />The process<br />Home work for interviews<br />Regular questions<br />On the interview day<br />Questions you can ask…<br />Do’s and Don'ts <br />
  3. 3. What is an interview?<br />Next step in the application process<br />1) Info gathering<br />2) Resume preparation<br />3) Resume submission<br />4)INTERVIEW<br />5) Subsequent interviews<br />6) Job offer<br />
  4. 4. Why?<br />To determine if This job & You<br />ARE a GOOD MATCH<br />
  5. 5. What happens at the interview?<br />Three parts:<br />Introduction<br />Body<br />Closing<br />
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION<br /><ul><li>Greeting
  7. 7. Handshake?
  8. 8. Introduction of candidate to interviewer(s)</li></li></ul><li>BODY<br /><ul><li>Information about the company & position
  9. 9. More information from the candidate
  10. 10. Candidate asks questions
  11. 11. Candidate shares goals, aspirations, plans</li></li></ul><li>Successful Interviews<br />Making the most of the interview<br />
  12. 12. Interview = A meeting with an objective<br /><ul><li>Employer’s objective is to find the best person for the job
  13. 13. Employer: reviews candidate’s experience and abilities
  14. 14. Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, qualifications)
  15. 15. Will you do the job? (interest, attitude & motivation)
  16. 16. How will you fit into the organisation? (personality)</li></li></ul><li>Your objective<br /><ul><li>Impress employer and assess position on offer
  17. 17. What does this position offer me?
  18. 18. How does it fit with my career plans?
  19. 19. You must prove that you are the most suitable candidatefor this position</li></li></ul><li>Preparation<br /><ul><li>Review own skills, experiences and qualities
  20. 20. Check CV
  21. 21. Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples
  22. 22. Prepare key selling points</li></li></ul><li>Research organisation<br /><ul><li>Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc
  23. 23. Contacts with knowledge of organisation or sector
  24. 24. Relevant articles in the press
  25. 25. Personal visit or telephone call</li></li></ul><li>Research<br />Research job and occupational area<br />Job description – or similar<br />Current issues<br />Prepare your questions<br />Practice<br />
  26. 26. Typical Questions<br />About you<br />Tell me about yourself - Bring me up to date with your Resume?<br />Why did you choose that particular degree programme?<br />What experience have you had that is relevant to this post?<br />What would you consider your major achievements to date?<br />
  27. 27. About the job<br />What interests you about this job?<br />What do you know about this organisation?<br />What other options are you considering?<br />How do you see your career developing – 5 years?<br />If you were Head of Department, what would be your priorities?<br />
  28. 28. General Awareness<br />What do you think of the Government’s policy on college fees?<br />What do you think about President Abdul Kalam<br />Your opinions about Copenhagen<br />Should Andhra be divided <br />
  29. 29. Competency/Behaviour based<br />Company identifies key skills required for job<br />Designs questions to elicit evidence of skills<br />Emphasis on past behaviour as predictor of success<br />
  30. 30. Teamwork<br />Describe a team project you worked on. What problems arose? How did you deal with them?<br />
  31. 31. Communication Skills<br />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<br />
  32. 32. Interpersonal skills<br />Interpersonal skills: What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with? How do you handle those situations?<br />
  33. 33. Taking Responsibility<br />Describe a time when you took responsibility to achieve a challenging goal<br />
  34. 34. A good answer should have three parts. Think of it as a “STAR” response<br />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.<br />
  35. 35. Your Answers<br />Listen carefully, seek clarification<br />Illustrate answers with real examples and evidence<br />Be positive – constructive criticism<br />Keep answers specific and succinct<br />Take time to respond<br />Be alert to interviewer’s body language<br />Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm<br />Know what you want to say, and find the opportunity<br />
  36. 36. Your Questions<br />Training programmes<br />Career development opportunities<br />Types of projects & responsibilities<br />Reporting structure<br />Performance appraisal<br />Profile of staff<br />Questions about topics raised in interview<br />What happens next?<br />
  37. 37. Watch the Body Language<br />First impressions very powerful<br />Halo effect or Devil effect<br />Allow time to relax<br />Dress appropriately <br />Entrance, introductions & handshake<br />Smile and make eye contact<br />Be aware of own movements<br />Watch body language of interviewer<br />
  38. 38. Positive Body Language<br />Positive Entrance<br />Enthusiasm<br />Relaxed Smile <br />Direct Eye Contact<br />Straight Posture<br />Firm Handshake<br />Leaning Slightly Forward<br />Use of Hand Movement<br />Feet Flat on Floor<br />
  39. 39. Negative Body Language<br />Lack of Enthusiasm or Curiosity<br />Frowning <br />Weak Handshake<br />Lack of Eye Contact <br />Staring<br />Nervous Movements<br />Arms Crossed<br />Hands Clenched<br />Looking at Watch<br />
  40. 40. CLOSING<br /><ul><li>Opportunity to leave last</li></ul> Impressions<br /><ul><li>Reaffirm interest
  41. 41. Obtain follow-up information
  42. 42. Thank the interviewer(s) </li>