SECRETS OF INTERVIEW SUCCESS
well qualified and extremely able candidates fail at job
because they are unaware of the conventions of the job interview
expectations of the interviewer.
candidates, on the other hand, manage to impress prospective
precisely because they know how to present themselves.
they study the job advertisement; they analyse what is required
of skills qualifications and experience; they assess their own
for the job; and finally, they present themselves in a
carefully prepared manner.
written applications are comprehensive and business like,
the relevant information presented neatly and concisely.
carefully for interview anticipating likely questions and
their responses. They study the structure of the interview and
a strategy to satisfy the interviewer's requirements. In short,
themselves to succeed.
us begin by giving some general advice to candidates who are
daunting prospect of an interview. As a candidate you should be
yourself with clarity and precision. To do this you must make
preparation, anticipating likely questions and rehearsing your
However, this does not mean that you should learn your responses
heart. To do so would make you sound unnatural. Your answers
At the same time, you should come across as thoughtful,
and coherent. So preparation is essential.
the interview you should speak confidently, making sure to
answers with relevant examples from your work experience.
might not be wide ranging enough to enable you to
your case as fully and convincingly as you would wish. In such
it is up to you to take the initiative and acquaint the
with whatever information you consider to be important in
your claims to the job on offer. Remember, it is up to you to
relate your answers to the job for which you are applying. This
important in the case of candidates who are faced with the sort
indirect questions favoured by many interviewers. For example,
may ask you to describe your current job. This is an indirect
asking you to what extent your present skills and experience
relate to the
for which you are applying.
present a positive face. Having studied your application form,
will have identified the weaker aspects of your case. They will
use such material to build up a negative impression of you. So
it is in
own best interests to examine your application critically with a
any weaknesses or negative aspects, which the interviewer might
Having identified such negative aspects, you should be ready to
questions by preparing positive answers.
interviewers are looking for candidates who display a positive
you should state that you enjoy your job; that you are
ambitious; and that you welcome challenge.
is important to tell the truth in interviews. However, try to
as persuasively as you can. It would be pointless and
negative facts which are largely irrelevant and which only serve
weaknesses in your case. So examine and assess your own case and
the facts to give the best and most positive impression.
is essential to develop a rapport with the interviewer. If you
impression that you are in agreement or have something in common
and if the interviewer takes a liking to you, you are off to a
start. So be pleasant and agreeable. On the other hand, it would
mistake to appear as a grovelling 'yes' man or woman. Discretion
your watch-word in this as in other areas.
usually place a greater emphasis on experience than on paper
so it is up to you to convince them that your experience
you for the job on offer. This will involve using your
evidence to support statements that you make in answers to
sum up: here are the eight success secrets known understood and
of successful job interviewees.
Make adequate preparation to enable you to express yourself
fluently in the
Be confident but try not to sound conceited: use examples to
Make sure to acquaint the interviewer with all the relevant
of your case.
Relate all your answers to the job for which you are applying.
Look out for
questions and know how to cope with them.
Concentrate on the positive aspects of your case and be ready to
relating to any negative aspects.
Do not tell lies but tailor the truth in order to present a
Determine to establish a rapport with the interviewer right from
Convince the interviewer that your experience entitles you to
finally, Good luck!
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