The Interview: Tips for Success

Interview Tips

  1. Conduct research on the place of employment

A solid foundation of knowledge leads to success in a job interview. An applicant should understand the employer, the requirements of the job and the background on the place of employment.

  1. Review and prepare

An applicant should prepare responses to expected interview questions. The goal for the interview is to compose detailed, concise responses to the questions asked.

  1. Make good first impressions

This is an important step to gain success in a job interview. Be polite and offer greetings to everyone you are introduced to. Employers look at how applicants treat their staff members.

  1. Be confident

The key to success is the quality and delivery of the responses. By preparing responses to expected interview questions, the applicant will avoid long, rambling responses. An applicant should aim to keep responses short, to the point and provide solid examples.

  1. Body language

When the content of the interview questions are important, so is body language. Effective forms of body language include; smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening and nodding. Forms of body language that should be avoided are looking off in the distance, slouching, fidgeting and mumbling.

  1. Ask insightful questions

At the end of the interview, the employer will give the applicant a chance to ask questions. The applicant should prepare questions to ask before the interview which should add any additional inquiries that come up during the interview.

The Interview Process

The interview process is a critical factor in the job search process. The interview process typically occurs within three stages.

The first stage of the interview process is the screening interview. This stage begins from the time that a job is applied for. The potential employer will review the applicant’s resume which includes; education, experience and overall background. When considering applicants, an employer will review the longevity of each previous position, the reasons for leaving each previous position and the gaps of employment. When an employer finds a suitable applicant, the second stage of the interview process with occur.

The second stage of the interview process is the formal interview. After a potential employee makes it past the screening stage, there is a formal interview that is generally conducted in person. This provides the employer the first opportunity to interact with the applicant. The objective of this stage is for the employer to see how one behaves face-to-face. The employer will ask questions about the applicant’s experience and skills, work history and availability. It is also an opportunity to allow the applicant to see the organization, the work environment and meet the coworkers. At the conclusion of the interview, the third stage of the interview processed should be discussed with a timeline for the final decision.

The third stage of the interview process involves reference checking and negotiating the job offer. An employer may decide to check an applicant’s references before offering the job. As for negotiating the job offer, the terms being presented; start date, salary and benefits, job title, probation and holiday entitlement, are discussed between the employer and the applicant. During the stage, the applicant will be offered the job.

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