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How To Prepare For An Interview.

The next hurdle after job search here is the interview stage. This is when your employer gets more information about you apart from those provided in your CV. This is to narrow down their choices .Most times, the employer determines what they want at the interview process. Most employers will bring back a candidate a number of times to be sure a potential employee will fit into the company culture. Once you are selected for an interview, you may experience one or more of the situations described below:

  • Face-to-Face Interview

Most interviews are face-to-face. Your focus should be on the person asking questions. Maintain eye contact, listen and respond once a question has been asked. Your goal is to establish a conversation with the interviewer and show them that your qualifications will benefit their organization.

  • Panel/Committee Interview

In this situation, there is more than one interviewer. Typically, three to ten members of a panel may conduct this part of the selection process. This is your chance to put your group management and group presentation skills on display. As quickly as possible, try to ‘read’ the various personality types of each interviewer and adjust to them. Find a way to connect with each interviewer. Remember to take your time in responding to questions. Maintain primary eye contact with the panel member who asked the question, but also seek eye contact with other members of the panel as you give your response.

  • Behavioural Interview

Your past behaviour is the best predictor of your future actions.If the employer asks behaviour-oriented questions, they are now asking questions that must be answered based on facts. Here, the interviewer is looking for results, not just an activity list. They are listening for names, dates, places, the outcome and especially what your role was in achieving that outcome. Expect questions like: “Give me an example when…” or “Tell me about a time when…” Prior to your interview, think about some of your group projects, accomplishments, activities from which you can share a story. Keep in mind that the focus of this interview is on you and your accomplishments, not on the group’s accomplishments. You should prepare by thinking of specific examples that demonstrate your competence in core behaviours such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication, creativity, flexibility and organizational skills. You will want to tell your story and structure it by stating your answers in terms of the situation, the task, what action you took, and what was the result or outcome. Try to relax as much as possible.

  • Case Interview

In some interviews you may be asked to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. The interviewer will outline a situation or provide you with a case study and ask you to formulate a plan that deals with the problem. You do not have to come up with the ultimate solution. The interviewers are looking for how you apply your knowledge and skills to a real-life situation. Speak and reason aloud so interviewers have a full understanding of your thought process. Before answering a case interview question, be prepared to ask the employer numerous questions for clarity and informational purposes. Most employers will provide responses that could result in additional inquiries. The more you are able to analyze and dissect the case study, the more you will likely impress your interviewer. This is why you are encouraged to take a notepad and pencil. This is to allow you to take notes and jot down thoughts as you work through the case. An employer is looking to building out a team with a variety of perspectives. Fit in

  • Telephone Interview

It is important to treat this interview as you would treat any other. It is recommended that you have in front of you your resume, the job description, a list of references, some prepared answers to challenging questions and perhaps something about the company. The vast majority of communication is non-verbal.They can’t see your body language, it is critically important to have positive and polished answers with energetic tone and inflection.Your voice is your strength.Speak confidently.Listen to the questions carefully before you answer. Avoid using a phone with call waiting. You do not want to be interrupted during an interview.

When preparing for an interview,there are things you can control like your cv,appearance and those you cannot. Take care of the things you can control and leave others.

Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell