26 August, 2010

Job Interviews

Job Interviews

• There are various kinds of Job interviews :

  1. One to One Job Interview
  2. Panel Job Interview
  3. Group Job Interview
  4. Phone Job Interview
  5. Lunch Job Interview
• Whatever the kind is, candidates have general tips of what to do and what to wear in their interviews.

• After the interview, the candidate may write an “interview thank you letter” to the interviewer.

General Job Interview Tips
• Do not smoke, chew gum, or eat garlic beforehand.

• Wear suitable interview clothes.

• Take copies of your CV with you.

• Arrive on time for your job interview.

• Any applications handed before the interview begins, are to be filled in as accurately as possible, make sure they match the information in your CV and the Cover Letter.

• Always greet the interviewers by his/her last name and try to pronounce it correctly.

• Have a good firm handshake.

• Look alert and interested. Scan the room once then keep your eye on the interviewers.

• Wait until you are offered a chair before you sit down.

• Stress your achievements.

• Always conduct yourself professionally and if something beyond your control occurs, show a sense of humor

• Be enthusiastic and show it in your replies and body language.

• Answer the interview question by more than a simple yes or no but try to go over 60 second limit.

• Avoid at all cost complaining about your current or former employer

• Do not answer questions about politics or religion if the job is completely unrelated.

• Do not raise salary discussions on your first interview – this is usually done on the second.

What to Wear for a Job Interview

General tips on what to wear for a job interview for both men and women:

• Be conservative

• Well-groomed hair style

• Clean, trimmed finger nails

• Minimal cologne or perfume

• No visible piercing

• No gum, candy or cigarettes

• Wear one ring and limited jewelry

What women should wear for a job interview:
• Avoid dresses

• Shoes should have conservative heels

• Use a briefcase rather than a purse

• Conservative nail polish

• Minimal use of make up

• Limit jewelry to one wedding ring and one set of earrings.

After the interview has completed, the candidate may also write an “interview thank you letter” to the interviewer.