- Mar 07, 2018
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How Employees and Employers Should prepare for Job Interviews
A Business is Dependent on good realistic objectives and a right team to function properly. It is therefore imperative that certain things should be put into consideration while preparing for a job interview. This principle applies to both small (SMEs) and large scale businesses (Limited Liability Companies). The survival of a business is more or less dependent on the productivity of the workers. Employees cannot give what they don’t have. This is why the interview is important to evaluate the ability and competence of an applicant.
The organization should carefully structure an interview before proceeding. The human resource manager should conduct a job analysis of the vacant position in the organization. The interviewer should analyze the effect of that job on the organization.
The organization should examine job applications submitted previously. This is to ensure that only enlightened and certified applicants are recommended for the job. This is to avoid waste of interview resources.
The organization should prepare an acceptance criteria document to judge all applicants equally. These documents will contain a judgment standard for technical skills, effectiveness, flexibility, team work, self management, problem solving and communication skills.
The organization should prepare interview questions in advance. This is because a fire brigade approach can expose the interview process to risks.
The organization should appoint members of a judgment panel who will review the interview progress of the applicants.
The interviewers should be properly trained and enlightened on how to conduct the interview.
The organization should ensure the security of the prepared interview questions. It could lead to an insincere interview process if an applicant sees the questions prior the interview.
PREPARING – KNOW YOURSELF
Information interviews help job applicants to confront intimidating occurrences during job interviews. Information interviews involve talking to someone who works in the organization or career field you need to join. It involves gathering information about the history of the organization, daily activities, and operations involved in their services.
An applicant should be in the right state of mind before going for an interview. Maintaining a mental balance before interview will help to checkmate the possibilities of fear and intimidation. A cold or frowning face will inform an interviewer that the applicant is not ready for the job. Both verbal and non verbal communications are decoded by an interviewer. A wise applicant will acquire enough knowledge about the vacant job position. The salary range, responsibilities and career paths open to the individual should be known.
An applicant should plan to be sold out to the organization. This is because the daily life, skills, training, personal character and specialized experience becomes directly influenced by the organization. The applicant should prepare and anticipate questions that can be asked during the interview. This can be done successfully by examining past interviewed applicant who have become staffs of the organization.
The applicant should prepare a suitable formal outfit to wear to the interview.
All necessary arrangements should be made to arrive safely and early to the interview venue. Majority of the questions asked during the interview will point towards the discharge capacity, skills, experience and personality of the job applicant. These cardinal points will determine if the person will end up as a staff in the organization or a disqualified applicant.
The individual should be sincere in telling the interviewer what he or she can do and cannot do. A liar might scale through an interview successfully but time will reveal what the person is capable of doing.
AT THE INTERVIEW
The applicant should accord respect to staffs at both high and low management levels at the interview venue.
A relationship should be established with the interviewer. The applicant should offer a hand shake and greet the interviewer formally.
Applicant should act confident but natural. An eye contact should be established and maintained. This should not become a staring contest as it could be misinterpreted by an opposite sex. Arms and legs should not be crossed. This can be interpreted as nervousness.
Applicant should avoid criticizing previous employers, instructors and interviewers. Criticism may spell out a negative personality. Organizations value employers who complain less and cause positive change when noticed and unnoticed.
Applicants should be ready to entertain inappropriate questions. He or she can also ask questions when not clear.
Applicant should be well enlightened on how to end the interview. Conclusion can be reached with comments like “In anticipation of any acceptance as a full staff of this organization, I hope to invest my skill, experience and orientation in moving this organization to greater heights”. Conclusions are very important during the interview and it should be done well.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Choose ideal formal outfit for interview.
- Check out the interview venue before the interview date.
- Remember things to take to the interview.
- Remember the time of the interview.
- Know the different sections of the interview.
- Know how to act before the interviewer.
- Prepare to defend career knowledge and work experience.
- Readiness for both success and failure reduces tension.
Questions that could be asked during the interview include:
- Who are you?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- Why should we hire you for this job?
- What are your two greatest achievements?
- What subjects did you like best in school and why?
- What are your strongest personal qualities?
- What are your weakest personal qualities?
- Do you prefer working with others or by yourself?
- What are your short term and long term goals?
- What have you read recently?
- Can I see samples of your project?
- What do you know about this company?
- What questions do you have?
BEING INTERVIEWED FOR A JOB (SUMMARY)
The job interview can only be carried out successfully if a job applicant has verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
An applicant needs to carry out research on possible interview questions. A long term and subsequent rehearsal will help to overcome the possibility of tension during the interview.
The applicant needs to discover his or her weak points and work towards eliminating them before the interview.
It is imperative to review the curriculum vitae submitted to the organization. This is because all information on it will be defended during the interview.
Organizations are very much interested in confident and goal driven applicants. This is a major thing to bear in mind before going for an interview.