A job interview can be described as a mutual “exchange of information” because it provides the candidate with an opportunity to both gain information about the department and position and to discuss his/ her own skills, and career goals in relation to the job.
Interviewing helps the interviewer to determine three things before they make a hiring decision:-
- Can you do the job?
Interviewer wants to know that you possess the necessary knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the job.
- Are you motivated to do the job?
Interviewer wants to know that you are interested in the job and if you will do the job with consistent effort.
- Are you fit in the organization?
Interviewer wants to know that your work ethic, values, and goals are consistent with the organization, if you will be a team player, and how well you will work with the team.
We are providing some tips on what you can prepare yourself before the interview, during and after the interview.
Before the Interview:-
- Review the Job Specification and Position Description.
- Learn more about the organization, company through internet and other sources.
- Review your resume and be prepared to discuss your relevant skills and knowledge.
- Decide who your references are, They should be a current or post supervisor, coworker, teacher, professor or associate who has knowledge of your work history, skills, abilities, education and integrity. Get permission to use their name in advance and collect their current contact information.
- Bring extra copies of your resume.
- Dress for Success -Appearance should reflect maturity and self-confidence. Be neat, clean and dress in good taste (Try to avoid new cloths and new shoes etc).
- Find out where the interview will be, obtain clear directions, and confirm the time. Plan to arrive 10- 15 minutes before the interview time.
During the Interview:-
- Relax! Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation.
- Be enthusiastic, confident, courteous, and honest.
- Listen the question carefully and give clear, concise, and thoughtful answers (You can take 4-5 seconds to answer, never hurry up to answer).
- Convey interest in the organization and knowledge of the position.
- Try to avoid long answer of any question.
- Present a list of your references and any letters of recommendation or reference that you may have to offer.
- End the interview with a firm handshake and thank the interview panel for their time and consideration.
After the Interview:-
- Send a concise 1 – 3 paragraph thank-you letter within 24 To 48 hours of tshe interview, Reiterate your interest in the position, mention anything you know reinforces you as a good fit for The job, and your contact information.
- If you are not selected for the job, it is OK To politely ask an interviewer which area(s) you could improve on in the future.
- The section After the Interview is only for private sector. Never do this in a govt job interview.
- And do not need references in govt job interviews.
- If give any references in a govt job interview, it may consider as misbehave and interviewer may be eject you from the interview.
Here we are mostly asked question in interviews:-
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why should we hire you?
- What is your weakness?
- What is your strength?
- Why do you want work in this company/ institute?
- Why do you want to a govt job?
- What is your greatest accomplishment in past?
- Do you have any question for me?
- What do you know about our company/ institute?
- What type of work environment do you like best?
- How do you handle pressure and work stress?