more about interviews.
is a job interview?
One hour or more……
Identify the right person for the job who
will contribute to achievement of the organisational goals.
Prospective employee :
Convince the employer to select you.
job interview is a tool for :
seekers and prospective employers to meet and establish direct
contact with each other.
discussing and determining if there is a match between job profile
and candidate profile.
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.
are the stages in an interview?
interview can be divided into four stages
Breaking the ice
Learning more about you
Selling the job
1 - BREAKING THE ICE
the first phase, the interviewer makes an effort to put you
at ease. The conversation is friendly and general in nature.
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.
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.
put your best foot forward, relax and be your true self.
2 - LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOU
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.
key is to communicate clearly and effectively why you are the
right candidate for the job.
your desire to work for the organisation.
your intelligence, motivation, interests and capabilities.
a clear understanding of the job requirement and your ability
to do the job well.
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.
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.
3 - SELLING THE JOB
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.
will also try to asses how your career plans will fit in with
that of the organisation’s goals.
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.
you have researched the organisation already, you can also use
this opportunity to clarify your career growth opportunities.
4 - SIGN OFF
is the last stage. The discussion will lead to how the organisation
will be following up (letter, phone) and how long it will take.
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.
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.