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The Job Application Process Interviews and Follow-Ups

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  • The Job Application ProcessInterviews and Follow-Ups

    Successful Preparation for Interview

    Prior to the Interview

    Chronology of the Interview

    Activity During the Interview

    Answering or Asking Questions During the Interview

  • Interview PreparationKnow yourselfKnow your resumeKnow the companyKnow the positionKnow some questions and answersKnow your nonverbal appearance communicates loudly.Know that your oral delivery also communicates.Know the meeting place, time, and other details.Know some basic salary ranges.Know that you must rehearse.

  • Interview PreparationKnow Yourself

    Review the self-assessment documents you created based on your:

    Skills Accomplishments Interests, and Personal values.

  • Interview PreparationKnow Your Resume

    Take at least two copies of your resume with you; and know its content well.

  • Interview PreparationKnow the Company

    Do some research about the company where you are going for an interview.

    Information may be available from professional or industry journals.

    The best source of information, nowadays, is company websites.

  • Interview PreparationKnow the Position

    Prepare with the strongest qualification if the job position is known.

    If the position is general, come with your personal qualifications, well-rehearsed and known.

  • Interview PreparationKnow Some Questions and Answers

    Prepare some of your questions in advance.

    Try to anticipate some of your interviewers questions-and your answers.

  • Interview PreparationKnow that Your Nonverbal Appearance Communicates Loudly.

    It suggests that your clothing, your shoes, your jewelry, your lotion, your colour choice, your grooming-all say something about you.

    When in doubt, be conservative in dress.

  • Interview PreparationKnow that Your Oral Delivery Also Communicates.

    A monotone rarely holds attention.

    Oral variety is pitch, rate, and volume will help

  • Interview PreparationKnow the Meeting Place, Time and Other Details.

    Arrive early, know the name of your interviewer.

  • Interview PreparationKnow Some Basic Salary Ranges.

    Avoid locked-in-stone positions on salary; initial interviews are not the place for negotiation sessions.

    However, knowing possible salary ranges is advisable.

  • Interview Preparation Know that You Must Rehearse.

    Mock interviews-with video playback are recommended.

    Take the advantage of placement office of your educational institute to rehearse for oral and nonverbal appearance.

  • Chronology of Interview As with most communication instances, an interview also has:

    An introductory period A middle assessment period, and A concluding period

  • Chronology of InterviewThere is no consistent pattern for job interview.

    Many first interviews are done to screen candidates for a possible second interview.

    A typical interview pattern is as follows:


    Company Information

    Candidate assessment


  • Chronology of InterviewIntroduction (about 2 to 5 minutes)

    Interviewers seeks to put candidate at ease.

    Chitchat, causal talk about personal information on resume.

    Candidate tries to make positive up-front impression: smile, handshake, sense of enthusiasm.

  • Chronology of InterviewCompany Information ( about 5 to 10 minutes)

    Interviews may indicate type of positions available, some information about the company.

    Candidates suggest a high degree of interest in company, in the position.

  • Chronology of InterviewCandidate Assessment (about 10 to 20 minutes)

    Interviewer tries to assess the qualification of the candidates

    His or her strengths and weaknesses

    Candidates employs data, evidence: via goals, skills, accomplishments, interests, and personal values.

    Questions: during this period a variety of questions, challenges testing of candidate occurs.

  • Chronology of InterviewConclusion (about 1 to 2 minutes)

    Interviewers determine the ending of the interview: suggests when an answer will be forthcoming. Candidate tries to summarize his or her qualifications, reaffirm interest in the company and position, and express appreciation for the interview.

  • Positive and Negative Behaviour During an InterviewPositive, Desirable Behaviour

    Show Enthusiasm, vitality, interest:

    You can do so by the alert way:

    You sit and lookBy your facial expressionsThe questions you ask, andThe answer you give.

    Be Honest

    State your data clearly, without exaggeration. Listen Attentively, Concentrate

    Do not interrupt. Let the interviewer finish. Then try to link your achievements with your answer.

  • Positive and Negative Behaviour During an InterviewPositive, Desirable Behaviour

    Keep Answers Brief

    The more answers you provide, the more varied the information you can give about yourself.

    Show Interest in the Company

    Here, too, tactfully relate your achievements to your future employers need.

    Show Analytical Skills

    Organize your answers, take time to comment on both pros and cons, short-and-long-term benefits.

  • Positive and Negative Behaviour During an InterviewNegative Factors to AvoidDiscourtesy: Avoid first names, doodling, disinterest.Jargon, slangThis is not the time to project an image that you are tuned into jargon of youth. Overaggressive or cynical attitudeAvoid the superiority complex and know-it-all attitude.

  • Positive and Negative Behaviour During an InterviewNegative Factors to Avoid

    Unfavourable Comments

    Focus on positive. Omit criticisms of former colleagues or other employees. Disregard for Positive Factors

    If you put the word failure to before each of the six suggestions for positive behaviour, you will have a total of 11 in this list of negatives to avoid.

  • Answering or Asking Questions During the InterviewIt is hard to predict which question will occur in your interview.Each interviewer has a set of favorite questions and the time of day according to the convenience of the company. Regardless of your preparation, there will be some unexpected questions.Pause, try to organize your answers, and offer it with a high degree of confidence.During interview, you could also refer to your resume, using it as a support for your comments.

  • Answering or Asking Questions During the InterviewHere is the list of favorite and a bit difficult questions that are usually asked by the interviewers:Where do you expect to be in five years?Give me list of your strengths and weaknesses?When have you successfully motivated others over whom you had no authority or power?What do you think it takes to be successful in this position?Why should we hire you?

  • Answering or Asking Questions During the InterviewTell me about your work experience. What did you accomplish?Give me three reasons why you are interested in our company.How well do you do you work with teams and other people; what evidence do you have for that statement?How is the job search going? Who else have you spoken with?Which course did you like best? Least? Why?If you were starting your schooling over, which courses would you add to your program? Why?

  • Answering or Asking Questions During the InterviewDescribe the kind of boss you prefer?What personal characteristics are necessary for success in your field?Give me an example of a situation which upset you in either your school or your place of work.What do you know about our company?Do you prefer working alone or with others?Which of your college years was the most difficult?Can you get recommendations from all your previous employers?Do you like routine work?

  • Answering or Asking Questions During the InterviewDefine cooperation for me.Give me an example of analytical mind?What was the last book you read?What is your major weakness?What are the disadvantages of your chosen field?END