Here are some useful interview tips from a book:
Employers make their decisions based on 3 areas relevant to jobs:
1) Qualifications & skills
2) Experience & work background
3) Personality & character
In addition, what matter are:
* Your vision - for development.
* Your added value - what you have extra over other candidates.
The 10 qualities most in demand by employers:
- Helpful & caring attitude to others
- Supportive team member
- Keenness to take responsibility to organize people or projects
- Positive attitude in the face of difficulties or challenges
- Enthusiasm for work
- Ability to handle change
- Looking smart
- Continuous learning
- Good time-keeping
- You have to convince the employee that you have a lot to offer
- Convince that you are the right kind of person
- You have as good a chance as anybody else on day of interview
- Put yourself in employer's shoes
- Think of yourself, background & strengths
- Be prepared to give examples to justify claims you make
- Research the company
- Show enthusiam not fear in the interview
- At the same time, show enthusiasm, not excitement - during the interview
- Cover your weak spots. Maximize your strengths, not weaknesses.
- Develop a personal brand / image
- Make a good first impression
- Pay attention to appearance - clothing, grooming, hair, accessories, make up, behaviour, eye contact, posture, gesture, behaviour, confidence, (positive) mental attitude,
- Project yourself as an interesting and valuable person
- Stay calm during interview. Do not show nervousness.
- Presentation: plan ideas, arrange material well, explain key points, present with clarity, make an impact, rehearse / practice, do not pack too much information, use visual aids, summarize, keep it simple and direct, enjoy yourself, use humour, make it a fun experience.
- About previous job - do not talk negatively. Do not be too critical.
- Be prepared for questions like - How could you have done things better in a previous job?
- Hobbies & interests. Favorite activity outside of work.
- Why should we hire you over others? - Prepare for this question very well.
- Your future career plans
- What is your style of work - as an individual & as a team member
- Why do you want this job?
- How do you handle difficult situations?
- Be yourself during interview. If they think you are a good fit for the culture of the company, they may hire you.
- Do market yourself well and boast about your skills and achievements. It is normal to do so.
- Speak normally. Do not show off by using complicated language.
- Take your time to answer.
- Apply to many job positions
- Stages: Planning, Preparation, Confidence & Follow up
- Project yourself as a fun & social person who would generate positive energy & enthusiasm if hired.