Dear All I am sharing here some generic tips to prepare yourself for any interview. Please read all the points at least two times and act on these. These points are written in the scenario on Pakistan and also for any NGO / Multinational Company. There will be some other tips and time to time for your facilitation, so keep sending your questions, comments and tips. Your personal experience in this regard will be a learning lesson to all. These tips will also help you to impartially evaluate your performance in any interview or any other field of life.
A True Teacher always use his/her earlier learned things in new situation. If you know how to ride a Bicycle then this knowledge will help you to easily ride a Motorcycle (in future Car drive will not much problem to you). I am thankful to Cc for publishing my point of view. Allah App Saab Ko Kamyaab Karay. Agar pasand aayay tu aur koi point pasand na aayay tu bhi comment zaroor karain…Allah app saab ka neghabaan…
GIVING SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWS
- Preparing for interviews
- The interview experience
- Competency based interviews
- Questions to expect and to ask
Interview = A meeting with an objective
Employer’s objective is to find the best person for the job
Employer: reviews candidate’s experience and abilities
- Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, qualifications)
- Will you do the job? (interest, attitude & motivation)
- How will you fit into the organization? (personality)
- You: impress the employer and assess position on offer
- What does this position offer me?
- How does it fit with my career plans?
You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate for this position (be normal and honest from inside out)
Preparation is the key to success! (PakEducators CC has Already Requested to All its Friends to Work Hard)
- Review own skills, experiences and qualities
- Check CV
- Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples
- Prepare key selling points
- Be ready to explain any gaps in employment / frequent switching
- Research about organization
- Websites, reports, articles, company literature, etc
- Contacts with knowledge of organization or sector
- Relevant articles in the press
- Research job and occupational area
- Job description – or similar
- Current issues
- Prepare your questions
- It is a formal occasion but not a fashionable event
- Aim to wear something appropriate and comfortable
- Begins the minute you arrive
- First impressions are very powerful
- Allow time to relax
- Entrance, introductions & handshake
- Smile and make eye contact
- Be aware of own movements
- Watch body language of interviewer
- Tell me about yourself – Bring me up to date with your CV?
- Why did you choose that particular degree programme?
- What experience have you had that is relevant to this post?
- What would you consider your major achievements to date?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would your colleagues describe you?
About the job
- What interests you about this job?
- What do you know about this organization?
- What other options are you considering?
- How do you see your career developing in the next 5 years?
- What challenges do you see in this job?
- Your ability to do the job
- ‘What if…’ questions – how are you likely to respond to a situation.
- Company identifies key skills required for the job
- Designs questions to get evidence of skills
- Emphasis on past behavior as predictor of success
- Identify the competencies required for job
- Review job description or ask for information
- Define each competency in behavioral terms
- Identify past experience to illustrate how you demonstrated that behavior
- Prepare examples for each competency
- Practice talking about your experience
- Try to give a complete answer
Responding to Competency Questions
Give me an example of a problem you encountered. How did you approach it. What was the outcome?
S: Describe the situation
T: Explain the task/problem that arose
A: What action did you take?
R: What was the result or outcome?
What did you learn from this experience?
Examples of competency-based questions
Describe a team project you worked on. What problems arose? How did you deal with them?
Describe a situation when you had to convince your supervisor of a unique idea.
Give an example of any reports you’ve written which illustrate your writing skills.
What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with? How do you handle them?
Examples of competency-based questions
Describe a time when you took responsibility to achieve a challenging goal.
Tell me about a time when you had several tasks to manage at one time with conflicting deadlines.
Tell us about a time when you got into a conflict with a colleague and how did you resolve it?
Matching Skills to Requirements
- Team work
- Customer Care
- Presentation to students
- Worked on projects
- Led a team; class rep
- Brought change in system
- Dealt with customers
- Developed website
- Listen carefully, seek clarification
- Illustrate answers with real examples
- Be positive – constructive criticism
- Keep answers specific and not to long
- Take a little time to respond
- Be alert to interviewer’s body language
- Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm
- Training programmes
- Career development opportunities
- Types of projects & responsibilities
- Reporting structure
- Performance appraisal
- Profile of staff
- What happens next?
- What not to ask: Questions about salary
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
Thank the interviewer for meeting with you
- Review your own performance
- what went well
- what went badly
- what you wished you had said
- prepare for next stage
- What creates a bad impression
- Poor personal appearance
- Negative attitude – using excuses, making negative comments about past employer
- Lack of interest and enthusiasm
- Lack of preparation
- Poor knowledge of role
- Failure to give concrete examples of skills
- Over emphasis on money/rewards
- Prepare and practice your responses
- Dress for success
- Know the job location and arrive at least 10 mins early
- Make good eye contact with your interviewer
- Have high confidence and energy level, but don’t be overly aggressive.
- Know your salary expectations
- Ask questions in the end
- Finish off by telling interviewer that you are very interested in working for the company
ADDITIONAL TIPS— Don’ts
- Ask about salary or other benefits until after you’ve received an offer
- Say anything negative about former employers or give out confidential information about their operations
- Ever lie – answer questions truthfully and frankly
- Be soft-spoken – project confidence in your voice
- Go into too much detail about your personal issues
- Answer cell phone calls during the interview
- Answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”
- Let nervousness take control
- Act as though you are desperate for employment
- If you don’t get selected:
- It is not the end of the world
- Practice makes perfect
- You can’t win if you don’t play
- Maintain your drive and keep applying