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What are some things to keep in mind during the interviewing process?

Is there any pointers for freshly graduated students to stand out during their interview? Is there a method to prepare for the interview questions and what kind of question will the interviewer ask? #teaching #professionals #education #interview

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Nobomi’s Answer

In preparation for the interview, always make sure to do an in-depth research about the organization you are keen on joining; their culture usually gives you an indication of whether you will fit in or not. Then make sure you actually understand what is required of the job you are applying for; for example, on core responsibilities, you need to be comfortable that those are actually responsibilities you can deliver on. Be honest with yourself in aligning the skills required for the job at hand, for example; personal, interpersonal, communication, leading & managing.

On the day of the interview, be presentable in your neat office attire and arrive on time, to avoid having your nerves all over the place. Be comfortable and confident with the panel. Maintain eye contact and speak clearly with enthusiasm. Understand the question before you attempt to reply and if you did not get the question request the interviewer to repeat or even rephrase the question and or give you an example.

Be honest about what you do not know, do not fumble in an attempt to answer something you do not know. Nobody expects you to know everything.

On the point of 'tell us about your weaknesses' - this question is not a negative question trying to catch you out. That is why it is important to know yourself and to make sure that you turn your weakness into an opportunity of self-development and growth.

Always remember, during your interview, you are not on trial: you are given an opportunity to show the panel whether you are the 'right fit' for the job or not - I am using right fit because you can have all the right qualifications, experience and skills and still be not the right fit for the job or organization.

In conclusion, be prepared for any interview you are invited for.

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Douglas’s Answer


There is a lot of information out there that can help you with the questions companies ask. However, the questions will vary from company to company. There is no "hard-and-fast" rule on what will be asked.

Most interviewers will ask you to tell a little about yourself. Believe me, they do not want to know when you were born or grew up or who your friends are. They are not looking for personal information. They are looking to see if your education/work background fits in with what they are looking for (see the job description for that). They also want to know that you'll fit in with their company culture. A conservative bank would shy away from a liberal activist and such. So, before your interview, do your research to see if you do fit the company culture. You can find most of that information online at the company's website.

Don't assume you know what they are asking. If you are unsure what the question is looking for, ask. Most companies like people who ask questions(as long as you don't question everything).

Be relaxed and most importantly, be yourself. Remember,you're interviewing them at the same time. Instead of next steps, I am putting a few "do's and don't's" for you.I hope they help.

Douglas recommends the following next steps:

Arrive early, but not earlier than 15 minutes.
Sit up straight and smile comfortably.
Have copies of your resume, just in case they ask.
Never chew gum in the interview. I've seen this and it is ugly and distracting.
If they ask if you have questions, have at least one. You want to look interested in them.

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Paula’s Answer

There is a lot of information out there with examples of the types of questions recruiters and hiring managers ask. I would suggest searching for "behavior interview questions" and "STAR interview method" to help you prepare.

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Douglas’s Answer

The previous responders have great advice. You should also practice your interview answers with a friend beforehand, it will enhance your confidence and calm your nerves for the day you have the big interview. At the conclusion of the interview, remember to ask for the job. Always send a thank you letter to the interviewer and there are some helpful online sources on how to do this. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Fiona’s Answer

Research the company and its history
Research the department
Watch the news and be able to talk about key current events
Research some key current events in the industry you are applying to
Research the background of your interviewers
Go through your CV to ensure you can talk about each skill/past experience you have included
Think of some good questions you would like to ask about the company - including the team, the culture, the direction etc.
Do not under-dress
Be on time, 15 minutes early
Be prepared to introduce yourself in clear succinct manner, listing out key traits and achievements/interests/work experience/volunteering experience that makes you stand out.

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Misty’s Answer

This is a great question. There are a few things that I would say in my opinion that would help you during an interview .

  1. make sure you know about the company you are applying for. This could come in handy as you may be applying for one job and yet your skill set allow you to be an asset in the company in another area. Due some research on this before the interview. This would also be beneficial if you were to be asked the age old question of "what makes you feel that you would be a good fit for our company". If you know the company, you will be able to give a more professional answer.
  2. Eye contact and a good handshake go a long way.
  3. Dress for the job you want when going into an interview.
  4. Make sure that at the end of the interview, you ask for feedback. Ask your interviewer if there is anything you could do in further interviews to bette r your chances, especially if you are going to have a second interview with another person.

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Alyssa’s Answer

There are several different interview styles and each one is a little different. As a hiring manager, I look for communication skills and preparation. Be sure you know a little about the position and the organization you are interviewing with. Look up hiring managers on LinkedIn if you can. Think about the skills you want to portray and examples that will show those skills. Most importantly, be yourself.

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Michelle’s Answer

Make sure that you know your resume like the back of your hand because typically you will be asked about your experiences. Try to have a conversation and ask questions back and forth with your interviewer as that allows the interview to go smoothly. If you have good, thoughtful questions prepared for your interviewer, that will help you to stand out as it shows you prepared for the interview. Don't be too nervous, you know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else and if you can be confident in yourself and in all of your answers, your interviewer will be blown away.