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Interview

 

 


Please follow the instructions below to place your adverts.

Preparation

  • Research the employer and become familiar with the position for which you are interviewing.
  • Determine your strengths or key selling points.
  • Prepare questions to ask about areas that are unclear.
  • Anticipate questions the interviewer may ask, including "What if?" questions.
  • Role-play the interview.
  • Practice speaking with confidence.
  • Wear job-appropriate clothing, avoiding loud colours, excessive jewellery, and too much cologne. 
    Women
    : Avoid big earrings and things that jingle; avoid patterns and bright colours; keep make-up light and natural; hair should be kept neatly combed and not hanging in the face. 
    Men
    : Wear a suit with a white shirt neatly pressed; keep ties conservative; wear dark, over the calf socks that match the suit; clean shaven or neatly trimmed facial hair; make sure your shoes are clean and polished.
  • Be punctual.
  • Walk into the interview room confidently, greeting the interviewers and shake their hands firmly.

Selling Yourself

A job interview is like a sales presentation.  Good salespersons always begin their presentation by selling themselves before they start selling their services.   You can best achieve this by establishing a rapport verbally and non-verbally in the opening minutes by the following means:

  • Giving a firm handshake;
  • Establishing eye contact and smiling;
  • Using the interviewer's name;
  • Giving their undivided attention;
  • Showing that you accept and respect the interviewer;
  • Demonstrating respect for your employer and colleagues;
  • Showing calmness and confidence;
  • Looking the part and being well-groomed.

Interviewers like:

  • Good Manner - polite, sincere and alert;
  • Presentation - clear, concise and well prepared;
  • Timekeeping - punctuality, and no time wasting;
  • Knowledge - good knowledge of the company (both working in and applying for);
  • Sensitivity to Needs - listening, and not trying to sell where there is no need;
  • Appearance - smart, fresh, and clean appropriate dress.

Questions

Questions to prepare for:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What do you know about our organisation?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why should we give you the job?
  • What other jobs have you applied for?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What was wrong with your current or last position?
  • What do you look for in a (this) job?
  • What skills and qualifications do you regard essential for success in the position you have applied for?
  • Describe your management style?
  • What are your best management skills?
  • What do you believe to be the most difficult part of being a supervisor of people?
  • Why are you looking for a new career? Or Why are you leaving your present job?
  • How would your colleagues/boss describe you?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What do you think of your present or last last employer?
  • What are the five most significant accomplishments in your previous job or career so far?
  • What projects have you undertaken and whether they were successful or not?
  • Can you work well under pressure?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What are your strong points?
  • What are your weak points?

Questions to ask:

  • The organisations short and long term objectives.
  • In what ways has this organisation been most successful over the years?
  • What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?
  • What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  • What are the areas in which the organisation feels it needs to make improvements?
  • What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc.?
  • Why is this position open?
  • Where does the company think you could make effective contribution?

Do's

  • Sit upright and look alert and interested.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Talk with pride, honesty, and confidence about your accomplishments, potential, interest, and commitment to the job.
  • Convey a readiness to learn on the job.

Don't Do's

  • Criticise former employers.
  • Answer only yes/no to questions; poor self expression.
  • Be late to the interview.
  • Be overbearing, aggressive, conceited "know it all" complex.
  • Put too much emphasis on money.
  • Put too much emphasis about the next higher job.
  • Give a weak, limp handshake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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