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What is a job interview?

The time

One hour or more……

The task:

Employer :

Identify the right person for the job who will contribute to achievement of the organisational goals.

Prospective employee :

Convince the employer to select you.

  • The job interview is a tool for :
  • Job seekers and prospective employers to meet and establish direct contact with each other.
  • Mutually discussing and determining if there is a match between job profile and candidate profile.

An Interview is a conversation with a purpose and is a vital step in your job search. The most important aspect is your ability to communicate to your prospective employer that you have the right credentials in terms of qualifications, skills and abilities.

What are the stages in an interview?

An interview can be divided into four stages


Breaking the ice


Learning more about you


Selling the job


Signing off


  • In the first phase, the interviewer makes an effort to put you at ease. The conversation is friendly and general in nature.

  • Your dress, smile, handshake, style of walking and other forms of body language go a long way in making an impact on the employer. First impressions are crucial. Studies show that in the first few minutes of the interview, most employers make an initial decision whether to select or reject you.

  • There is also a positive correlation between the initial decision (of your suitability as a prospective employee) made during the first phase of the interview and the final decision made at the end of the interview.

  • Thus put your best foot forward, relax and be your true self.


  • During the next stage, the interviewer, through a series of question and answer sessions, attempts to find out more about you and your suitability for the job.

  • The key is to communicate clearly and effectively why you are the right candidate for the job.

  • Your answers should

--Reflect your desire to work for the organisation.

--Demonstrate your intelligence, motivation, interests and capabilities.

--Show a clear understanding of the job requirement and your ability to do the job well.

  • Do not hesitate to ask questions, if necessary, as this is the time to reconfirm for yourself the match between you, the job and the organisation.

  • Talk from your experiences, project your strengths, be honest with your answers. Make sure that within the limited time, you have projected yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.


  • If you have successfully passed the second stage, the employer will now talk about the organisation, its goals and how they plan to achieve the same in the future.

  • He will also try to asses how your career plans will fit in with that of the organisation’s goals.

  • It is vital that you have very clear career goals for the next 5, 10, 20 years. Determine to what extent there is a compatability between your career goals and those of the organisation.

  • If you have researched the organisation already, you can also use this opportunity to clarify your career growth opportunities.


  • This is the last stage. The discussion will lead to how the organisation will be following up (letter, phone) and how long it will take.

  • This is also your final chance to pose any unanswered questions. Use this opportunity to summarise and communicate your abilities and your interest in the job.

  • Sign off with a `thank you'. It is important that you end the interview on the same note of confidence you displayed at the beginning of the interview.
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