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PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW

Find out everything you can about the specific position
The better you understand the position and the employer's needs the more effectively you can show how you'll benefit their organization. Read the job ad thoroughly - it will often tell you some of the employers major concerns.
Practice introductions
The decision to hire is often made in the first thirty seconds. Make a good first impression: Practice opening a door, coming into a room, offering your hand confidently, smiling and introducing yourself. Use your left hand for carrying, leaving your right hand free for the handshake.
The interview
Practice responses to interview questions - but don't try to memorize them. Being yourself is essential to interview success. Responses need to feel and sound natural. When you've thought through how you can add value to a specific employer, you'll be able to easily add examples of how in the answers you provide. To give a top-notch interview, you need to know the answers to three critical questions:
  • Why do I want this job?
  • Wha t do I have to offer?
  • What else do I need to know?
You should prepare carefully for these questions. A good idea is to write out answers and practise them with family members and friends.
Why do I want this job?
Employers aren't just looking for bodies to fill in vacant positions. They want people who can bring something new and valuable to their business. The only way you can prove to an interviewer that you've got what it takes is to show that you know exactly what his/her organization does. Find out as much as you can. When you really know the answer to "Why do I want this job?" you'll be able to answer some important interview questions such as:
  • How did you become interested in this field?
  • Why did you submit your application to our company/organization?
  • What are your general career interests?
  • What do you see yourself doing in five years?
What do I have to offer?
Employers want to know why they should hire you. To find out, they ask a variety of questions to help them find out who you are and what you can do. To be prepared, review your experiences at work, at school and in volunteer activities.
  • Keep a mental list of your accomplishments.
  • Think about challenges you've faced and how you dealt with them.
  • Remember times that you've been a problem-solver.
  • Consider mistakes that you've made as learning experiences.
What else do I need to know?
One of the final questions you'll be asked in an interview is: "Is there anything you would like to know about the organization or the job?" Answering "No" sends the wrong signals--that you're not really interested in the organization, don't know what's important to you in an employee/employer relationship, or lack confidence and assertiveness. Here are some questions you should be prepared to ask.
  • About the job
  • What is the size of the department/branch/section?
  • Do you have a training program? Could you please describe it?
  • What are my opportunities for advancement?
  • What is the salary range for this position?
  • About the person you would be working for
  • Who would I report to directly?
  • How long has he/she been with the company?
  • What is their background?
Prepare your references
  • Select references who will comment fairly and positively.
  • Ask permission to use them as a reference.
  • Ask your reference what they would say about you especially in regards to such things such as interpersonal and team work skills, reliability, and work habits.
  • Inform your references promptly about any job interviews.
  • You can ask them to comment specifically on key skills that are relevant to the position.
  • Give your reference a copy of your resume.
The Day Before
Facing an interview can rattle even the most confident people. Here are some things to do the day before the interview so you'll feel prepared.
  • Organize: Put together the things you'll need for the day: clothes, money, and interview information such as the name of interviewer, address, and directions on how to get there.
  • Give yourself time. Make sure you give yourself extra time for last minute problems.
  • Documents. Make sure you have all the papers you need such as:
  • business cards
  • several copies of your resume
  • reference letters
  • a portfolio or samples of your work
  • Certificates and licences
Questions & Answers. Take one last time to review your resume, what you know about the organization, and your prepared answers. If you have a chance, do a practice interview with someone you trust to give you honest and helpful feedback.
Mental rehearsal. Did you know that high-level athletes often pre-think the race they will run or lap they will swim? Research shows that this helps them improve their scores. See yourself answering calmly, clearly, and confidently. Try to pre-think your interview and make some commitments to yourself.
Sample commitments
  • I shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact.
  • I am confident because I'm well prepared.
  • I fully participate by being enthusiastic and interested.
  • I am a good listener and pay attention to what the interviewer says.
  • I demonstrate my knowledge of the organization and the industry.
  • I show the interviewer my skills and how they will benefit his/her organization.
  • If I don't know something, I say so knowing that I can learn it.

Wish you all the best in your interview. God Bless you. 

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