How To Approach
Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show you want the job with your interest.
In particular, avoid negative comments about past employers.
By being upbeat and having a positive attitude, you'll show the interviewer within the first few seconds that you are a "can-do" person who will be an asset to their organization.
It sounds simplistic, but it's a fact that is often overlooked... people want to work with (and hire) people they like.
You have to make it clear that you want this job more than anything else.
You need to know about the company and what they'll expect you to do for them.
Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Pay attention to those details of dress, office furniture, and general decor which will afford helpful clues to assist you in tailoring your presentation.
Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.
Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company.
Demonstrate your interest
Some suggested questions to ask the interviewer are provided in the "Questions You Could Consider Asking the Employer" section.
- Why is this position open?
- How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons?
- What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
- What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
- What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months.
- What are some of the long term objectives you would like to see completed?
- What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
- How do you think these could best be handled?
- What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances. etc?
- What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurement?
- What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?
- In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?
- What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
- How is one evaluated in this position?
- What accounts for success within the company?
- These questions are presented only as interviewing guidelines. They are meant to help you prepare for the interview. Some questions may or may not be appropriate for your interviewing situation.
- You can ask relevant questions about your job nature.
Other Useful Tips
- Make sure to wish all the panels while you enter or leave the interview
- Use examples to explain your skills and experience.
- Avoid discussing about political, salary,bonuses etc
- Resume or application. Although not all employers require a resume, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.
- References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
- Transcripts. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded.
- Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site.
- Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
- Close each interview by summarizing your strongest qualifications and continuing interest in the position.
- Send a short thank you note.
- Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands.
- Do not answer 'yes' or 'no' type manner.