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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to prepare for an Interview

Purpose of the interview

  • The actual purpose of the job interview to search out:
  • Can you do the job?
  • Do you want the job?
  • Are you the best choice for the job?
  • Will you fit in to the organization?

Interview Preparation

1. Before the interview
  • Research about company
  • Prepare cover letter and resume
  • Practice sample questions

2. During the interview (Interview Do's and Don'ts)

Do's
  • Arrive 10 minutes early. Being late to an interview is never excusable.
  • Clarify questions. Answer the interviewer's questions as specifically as possible. Relate your skills and background to the position requirements throughout the interview.
  • Give your qualifications. Focus on accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
  • Anticipate tough questions. Prepare to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths.
  • Ask questions. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation.
  • Listen. Concentrate not only on the interviewer's words, but also on the tone of voice and body language. Once you understand how the interviewer thinks, pattern your answers accordingly and you will be able to establish a better rapport.
  • Dress appropriately. Make your first impression a professional one.
  • Be professional. Smile, make eye contact and maintain good posture.

Don'ts
  • Don't answer vague questions. Ask the interviewer to clarify fuzzy questions.
  • Don't interrupt the interviewer. If you don't listen, the interviewer won't either.
  • Don't be overly familiar, even if the interviewer is.
  • Don't ramble. Overlong answers may make you sound apologetic or indecisive.
  • Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully.
  • Don't express resentment. Avoid derogatory remarks about present or former employers.
  • Don't wear heavy perfume or cologne. The interviewer may not share your tastes.

3. After the interview
A few things to remember during the closing process:
  • Make sure that you have thoroughly answered these questions during the interview: "Why are you interested in our company?" and "What can you offer?"
  • Express appreciation for the interviewer's time and consideration.
  • Don't expect an offer to be made or a specific salary to be discussed during your first interview.
You must also Read Telephonic Interview Preparation  and Group Disscussion Preparation

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