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Job interview skills

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Remember, jobs are not given based on examination marks.
One has to ace an interview. But, every interview does not end up with a job. So, don't lose heart. Analyse your shortcomings and keep going, till you achieve success. Best of Luck!

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Job interview skills

  1. 1. Job Interview Skills Making the most of the Interview By – N.G.Palit
  2. 2. Overview     Why interviews are conducted? Preparing for interviews. The interview experience. Different types of interviews.
  3. 3. Interview   Interview is a type of meeting with an objective. The interviewer wants to obtain information from the candidate
  4. 4. Dozens of people are lining up for the same position
  5. 5. You need to stand out from the crowd
  6. 6. Why    ? Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, and qualifications). Will you do the job? (Attitude, interest, and motivation). How will you fit into the organization? (personality).
  7. 7. What is an Interview?    An opportunity to ’sell’ your abilities, interests and career objectives. An opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the position and career offered by a particular company. You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate.
  8. 8. Know what they are looking for    They are evaluating your communication skills throughout the interview. Don’t focus on your history, focus on your key skills. Interviewers want organized, succinct answers. Situation –Action -Result
  9. 9. Sell yourself through self promotion
  10. 10. Self Promotion is Crucial For Success    If you are not comfortable claiming your achievements, no one will know them. Don’t focus on responsibilities, focus on your achievements. Remember, your competitors will be presenting their achievements.
  11. 11. Self Promotion is Crucial    It is necessary to explain your strengths. Your resume got you to the interview. But, resume alone will not get you the Job. You have to do that.
  12. 12. It starts with your Mindset
  13. 13. Have a Positive Mindset Half Empty ½ empty ½ full Or Half Full (This is a winner’s outlook) You have a choice
  14. 14. Positive Body Language
  15. 15. Watch the Body Language        First impression very important. Dress appropriately. Allow time to relax. Entrance, introductions & handshake. Smile and make eye-contact. Be aware of your own movements. Watch body language of interviewer.
  16. 16. Interview Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts
  17. 17. Dress Code
  18. 18. Men’s Interview Attire        Suit (solid color) Long sleeve shirt (white or matching the suit) Belt, Tie, Dark socks. Conservative leather shoes. Little or no jewelry Neat and professional hair style. Neatly trimmed nails.
  19. 19. Tie Knots
  20. 20. Tie Length
  21. 21. Women’s Interview Attire        Suit (navy, black or dark grey) The suit skirt should be long enough, so that you can seat comfortably. Conservative shoes. Limited jewelry (no dangling ear ring) Professional hair style. Light make-up & perfume. Neatly manicured clean nails.
  22. 22. First Impression       First impression counts Be on time, or little bit early. This allows you to relax and feel comfortable. Start strong by beginning on a positive note. Send the right body language Sit straight, maintain good eye contact, use positive gestures, relax.
  23. 23. Developing An Interview Strategy
  24. 24. Prepare For Interview      Research the company. Know the job requirements. Prepare your Resume. Get your career goals in focus. Identify your main strengths related to the job
  25. 25. First decide what type of job you want
  26. 26. Preparation is the Key to Success   Review at your end: - Check you Resume - Prepare key selling points. - Practice commonly asked questions and answers Research about organization: Collect information from website, and other sources
  27. 27. Preparations for the Interview
  28. 28. Before the Interview   Practice with yourself or with a friend. Find the dress code in advance and dress accordingly.
  29. 29. Types of Interviews   1. One-to-one Interview: The interviewer wants to see the suitability of the candidate for the job Candidate has to show how his/her skills will benefit the organization.
  30. 30. 2 .Telephonic Interviews * These are mostly screening interviews to select a few for further face-to-face interview.
  31. 31. For Telephone Interviews      Prepare as thoroughly as for ’real’ interviews. Select a comfortable and quiet place. Have a copy of resume and company information. Have pen and paper ready. Be yourself.
  32. 32. 3. Group Interviews   These are conducted through: Group Discussions(G.D) This is to used to uncover the leadership skills, communication skills, and the candidate’s ability to work in a team.
  33. 33. Qualities Employers Seek        Good communication skills. Team work ability Capacity to work hard. Initiative & self reliance. Enthusiasm, commitment & motivation. Good all-round intelligence. A balanced personality.
  34. 34. Competencies required        Adaptability Team work Drive for Results. Integrity Innovation Open Exchange of Information. Sound Decision Making
  35. 35. While Answering       Listen carefully, seek clarification. Keep answers specific & short. Take time to respond. Illustrate your answers with examples. Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm. Be alert to interviewer’s body language.
  36. 36. Dealing with Nerves Being nervous is normal, even interviewers are aware of it.  However, excessive nervousness can work against you, especially if you continually apologize for it.  However, it can be minimized through practice & mock interviews. 
  37. 37. What creates bad impression?       Poor personal appearance. Lack of preparation. Poor knowledge. Failure to give concrete examples of skills. Lack of interest & enthusiasm Negative attitude or evasive answers.
  38. 38. Closing the Interview       Make one last solid impression. Let them know that you want the job! Shake hands, thank them, be positive. Be confident. Ask for the interviewer’s business card. Remember, they are still evaluating you until you are gone.
  39. 39. Close Positively Thank You & A firm Handshake
  40. 40. Summary     Know yourself and the company. Success depends on your ability to sell yourself – communicate your strong points. Interest & Enthusiasm are important. Remember- you are not just looking for a job, but a career. So, prepare accordingly
  41. 41. After the Interview      Within 24 hours, follow up thanking them for their time. This is another opportunity to stand out Balance persistence with harassment. If you don’t get the job,don’t lose heart. Remember: Every interview doesn’t turn into jobs. So, Keep going.
  42. 42. Expected first Question  Tell us about yourself.
  43. 43. What are your strengths?
  44. 44. Follow up --- When the Interview is finished.
  45. 45. Ask for the next steps Get permission to contact them
  46. 46. Send a hand written card or note
  47. 47. Evaluate the interview
  48. 48. Evaluate your interview     Analyse: What did I do well? What did I miss or forget? What will I do differently next time?
  49. 49. Most Importantly --  Every interview may not turn into a job. So, don’t lose heart. Don’t give up . Keep going
  50. 50. Most Importantly- -
  51. 51. Till you become successful
  52. 52. Any Question
  53. 53. Thank You N.G.Palit -
  54. 54. At the End Please feel free to send your valuable feedback to the author at: nandapalit@yahoo.co.in or through face book