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How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« on: March 14, 2008, 04:57:47 PM »
Prepare for a Job Interview - Be Your Best

Your time has finally come! You've been called for an interview. Now what? Don't sweat it! Prepare yourself to win. You know you're ready for the job, now you have to convince the employer!

Getting ready is a big part of your interview. You will likely, and you should, spend more time preparing yourself than you will in the interview. Preparing includes getting to know more about the company and the job, and being able to explain how and why you're the best person to hire. To help you study, be sure you have a Statement of Qualifications, or a basic job description. If you do not have one from when you first applied for the job, be sure to ask the person who is arranging your interview for a copy.

Preparing for the Interview... know the job, and the organization

When you wrote your résumé, you did some research about the company and the job. Review it now. Answer these questions in your research:

* What does the employer or company do?
* What's involved in the position you're applying for?
* What qualifications do you need for the position?
* What skills might the employer be looking for?
* Who are the customers or clients?
* What kind of reputation does the employer have?
You'll be more comfortable in the interview if you know a bit about the company and the position you're applying for.

Think Ahead - Pre-Planning is Essential

When you are called, confirm the interview time! Ask if there will be any test or written assignment you will be asked to do. Find out how many people will be there.

Plan and rehearse your answers to the questions you expect to be asked. Memorize the training, skills and experience you have, and be ready to answer questions on what you did, and how you did it.

Choose your clothes a day or two ahead, and make sure they're neat and clean.

Be on time. Find out ahead where you're going and how long it will take to get there. Drive or travel the route a day or two ahead, at the same time of day as you will on the day of the interview. Confirm how often the buses run. Have a back-up plan.

Set aside at least an hour for the interview.

Survive the Interview - and Win!

What to Wear to an Interview

What you wear can be as important as what you say. Make sure your clothes are neat, clean, and ironed, if they are meant to be! Don't turn up rumpled and untidy. Try to find out how people dress at the place you want to work, and dress the same or slightly better. Skip the perfume, cologne, or aftershave. You want to smell clean and nice, but not overpower the interviewer, or worse, upset someone with allergies.

What to Take to the Interview

Carry a folder or envelope containing:


* A copy of your résumé for each interviewer (This is why you asked ahead how many people would be present)

* Copies of your reference list

* Paper and a pen, so you can jot down the interviewer's name, the time of any future interview, or other information you might need later

* Copies of letters of recommendation, if you have any
 
You're On Your Way

You're at your job interview. Stay relaxed and make a good impression. Here are some suggestions to help you make sure this step of your journey gets off on the right foot.


* Greet the interviewer or panel members. Introduce yourself, and shake hands firmly, without crushing anyone's fingers. Smile. A sincere smile will help to put you, and the interviewer, at ease. Stand until you're invited to sit down.

* Let the employer or panel members take the lead and set the tone. Make eye contact, and answer the questions in a firm, clear, confident voice. Relax and sit naturally, but don't slouch in your chair or lean on the interviewer's desk. Be prepared to tell the interviewer more about your education, training and skills, work experience, and the personality traits that make you right for the job.

* It's okay to ask for more explanation if you don't understand a question. In fact, it's better to ask for clarification if you are unsure than to answer inappropriately. Keep a positive attitude.

* At some point in the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is where your research and preparation pays off. Have a couple of questions prepared that show you are interested and informed about the company, or ask for more detailed information about the position you're applying for.

Quick Tips for the interview

* Be on time. Five or ten minutes early is about right!
* Dress appropriately.
* Don't chew gum or smoke.
* Be neat, clean and well groomed.
* Never bring a friend to an interview.
* Don't discuss personal or financial problems.
* After the interview, don't linger. Smile, shake hands, thank the interviewer(s) for their time, and make a graceful exit.

Remember: You never get a second chance to make a first impression

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 04:59:10 PM »
Members can add some additional advice below.

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008, 05:12:36 PM »



then, you can send them a thank-you
note.

i have never done that really;
if i could possibly put a face
to the recruiter and single out
an hr person and get the phone
number i do send a thank-you sms!
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008, 05:31:32 PM »
I don't think that's neccessary.

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 05:42:31 PM »



the recruiter will judge that!
not you...unless you're the employer!

in job hunting, you must do things
that set you apart from the crowd
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 06:25:26 PM »
Let me add to it
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2008, 05:01:22 PM »
need a corporate job

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2008, 05:56:28 PM »
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2008, 05:06:12 PM »
pls recruiter,i need a job with the aviation sector.  how do i go about it?

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2008, 05:12:51 PM »
pls recruiter,i need a job with the aviation sector.  how do i go about it?
Welcome OLUREMILEKUN,
There's no recruiter here, we only offer a free service here, we're not an agency.

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2008, 06:48:01 PM »
At my firm i deal with recruitment. One top tip. Never put 'So...ing with friends' in your cv as one of your pastimes. To me it means you like going out and having fun above being dedicated to work! That cv will go straight in the bin ;) Try and keep your cv to one side of A4. 2 at the most. List your qualifications first. It saves time looking through everything else to see if you are capable of the job.

I will be the first person you meet on arrival to the office. I am 'only' the receptionist. I am the one that get's the first impression of you and how you treat me and act in my company will make a big difference to the decision to hire you or not.

So, dress for the job. Smile. Make eye contact and be respectful. 

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2008, 06:51:07 PM »
Good advise EA.

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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2009, 10:48:29 AM »
Hi,

Very nice article, it is very much informative.  Preparation for an interview is very big task for me but you make it easy for me.


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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2009, 03:21:29 PM »
me too.
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 04:26:44 AM »
Quite a useful tip because some people start failing their interviews straight from cv
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2009, 09:53:17 AM »


you're correct there...

you notice them each even on nbf
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2009, 11:50:25 AM »
@ acemo  i can handle it.
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2009, 01:48:39 PM »
Limit ur jewelry and makeup(ladies). 
Have a positive attitude.  let ur passion for d job show.   Do not appear too humble to ur  detriment(sale urself).    [

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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2009, 05:18:11 PM »
right megapeace.

peace unto you.
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2009, 08:24:25 PM »
yeah!
how you present yourself matters.
if you are the type that claims ITK,you might fail the job interview.be a moderate person because you are going to serve and lead people
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2009, 03:49:59 PM »
I think is better to iron out the issue of monetry offer(salary).
A friend of mine was disqualified in an interview attended recently because THEY asked him "how much can we offer you as your salary?". Then he said "pay me according to my hardship in your company"(normal response to such an interview question) but the interviewers insisted  on a definite answer and the guy replied them of a range of amount, and there was an exclamation tone by one of the interviewers like "Ha!!!!!"

After then nothing comes out of it.
Now, my question is that in such a cinerio what could the have said when the interviewers insisted for a specific answer??? ??? ???
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2009, 11:49:37 AM »
Good Post for the Job seekers.  This will be helpful for the Job seekers to prepare for their Job Interview.  Thank you for such a great tips and Information. 


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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2009, 04:20:29 AM »
can somebody help with d question on what to say if the employer insisit on how much salary to be offered for the position applied for.
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Re: How To Prepare For A Job Interview
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2009, 03:34:42 PM »
tell them how much you'd reasonably prefer - having in mind the income-level of your position. simple.
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