by Tash Hughes of
researched for job positions and sent off the
appropriate letter and resume. So what's next?
between companies and positions, but some of the
main interview strategies are listed below:
This is the
most common technique for assessing applicants for a
interview, you will be questioned in regards to your
capacity to fill the job. You may be interviewed by
one or more person, although rarely more than three,
and it may be in a formal panel arrangement or more
interview, they will assess your presentation, your
ability to answer, your attitudes and whether you
would suit their company. You also have the
opportunity to question them about the job and the
company, although researching them beforehand is a
your chances of succeeding in an interview
- dress neatly
questions they may ask
- smile and
make eye contact
interviewer's names and use them
- know about
the company before hand, but be prepared with
specific questions you may have
- take along
all documents that may be requested, even if you
included them with the resume
most likely only used when distance prevents a
you have the advantage of being in a familiar
environment, having notes with you and not being
looked at. As you can't respond to the interviewer's
body language, make sure that you are speaking
slowly and clearly, and keep smiling so that you
introduce yourself at the beginning of he call and
make sure that you can be heard at the other end.
situations, you will be expected to undergo one or
more tests before the interview process is complete.
In most cases, these are not tests you need to study
for as they are either personality and aptitude
tests or are checking skills such as typing speed.
If more intensive testing is required, it is likely
that you be informed of this prior to sending in
applications and being interviewed.
agencies will implement these tests before adding
you to their lists so they can be sure they are
making good recommendations to clients.
undergo tests, ask for copies of results that can be
used elsewhere - eg a certificate of typing speed
could be useful later.
Not a common
practice, but employers do sometimes observe
applicants in situations other than an interview. It
is more common in senior management and sales
positions or for groups of graduates.
interviews are conducted over a meal or
entertainment venue, and thus have a less formal
look. Such interview processes are looking beyond
your words to see how you interact with other
people, how you maintain professionalism in public
and your general demeanour.
important criteria to remember are
- good manners
at all times
- be friendly
professional - have a drink, but don't get drunk;
chat and interact rather than watch the game; don't
become rowdy or obnoxious.
conversation, as well as answering questions
is not common but it does happen with targeted
groups such as graduates.
These can be
done in a number of ways and will test you on how
you behave in a group; they may be looking for
leadership abilities or team players, or even
demonstration of both. If they are looking for a
group of new employees, they may actually be
choosing those that get along well in that
situation, rather than just going on individual
interviews may take the form of group activities
(such as team building exercises or role playing
problem saving,) presentations, quiz formats,
discussions or may not be much more than an
interviews can be less intimidating than facing the
interviewer (s) alone, but their unknown
characteristics cause their own tensions. Ideally,
relax into the situation and be as friendly and
co-operative as possible.
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