The short time you spend at a job interview could have a dramatic effect on your work prospects.
It is important to perform well within a limited time frame in order to maximise your prospects. You will need to present yourself in an effective manner, targeting your approach to meet the requirements of the work.
In a competitive labour market you need to develop:
- a clear idea of what you are looking for
- why you are well suited to various positions
- how to market yourself accordingly
The purpose of the Interview:
The purpose of the employment interview is to discuss your interest in the work and assess your ability to undertake it successfully.
It is to verify if you have the knowledge, abilities and experience necessary to do the work and assess whether you have the type of personality that you will be able to fit in with your prospective co-workers.
Your purpose is to determine whether the work you are being interviewed for matches your expectations and if you are suited to the culture of the organisation. Then you will need to impress to get the job!
Remember if you are asked to attend an interview an initial decision has been made that you have the potential to do the work. It is your responsibility to highlight aspects of your background that demonstrate your skills and experience that are relevant to the requirements of the work. Your interest in working in the organisation is also significant and you need to articulate why you want to work with them. A good interviewer will be skilled at eliciting this information but the onus is on you to sell yourself at the interview. The interviewers ability to put you at ease will also differ.
On the day – 10 tips toward success:
- Be punctual, well groomed and wear appropriate attire for the profession
- Be friendly, professional and smile! Use the interviewers name, shake their hand
- Try to relax – nerves are natural. Slow down and take a few breaths to compose yourself
- When offered a seat, sit upright – don’t slouch, fidget or chew gum
- Be prepared – concentrate on answering questions by drawing on concrete examples from your experience that demonstrates your skills
- Listen carefully; ask for clarifying information if necessary
- Speak clearly; confidently and maintain eye contact
- Prepare a list of pertinent and well-informed questions to ask
- Take a copy of your career portfolio
- Thank the interviewer for their time and tell them you want the work (if you do!)
If for any reason you are unable to attend the scheduled interview always let the interviewer know as soon as possible. Being a ‘no show’ is considered unprofessional and will be remembered by the organisation.
Employers can adopt various approaches to employment selection depending on their opinion about how different techniques improve the reliability of the selection process, the length of time for each appointment. An employment interview is usually an integral part of the selection process regardless of which other selection techniques are used.
Job interviews are a logical and natural step in the process of an employer or organisation learning more about you and you about them.
Certainly the employer/organisation’s purpose is to establish your suitability for a position in their organisation. If you are well prepared the experience should not prove too harrowing and may even be enjoyable!
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