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Overcoming Job Interviews’ Anxiety & Pass with Flying Colours!


1. Pre-Interview  What happens before interview 2. While Interview  What might happen/ expected to happen during interview 3. Post-Interview  What should follow next


Phone interview - often considered as

‘screening interview’


if the employer invited you to an interview, take down important info about; 1. Date, day, time of interview 2. The address/ location for the interview and the direction to reach it (if you are not familiar with the place) 3. Name(s) of the interviewer(s) and person you should meet before interview -


EARLY PREPARATION IS KEY! 1.

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Self-assessment – understand what you have (qualification, exp, skills) and how they relate to the job you applied Research – learn some info about the company (services, products, size, as well career opportunities they have to offer) Mock-interview – practice with friend(s) on answering likely interview questions


FIRST IMPRESSION MATTERS! Dress to impress, but don’t overdo it  2 types of clothing recommended for interview; 1. Business Pro (common) – shirts, slacks, ties, shoes 2. Business Casual (rare) – open-necked shirts (collar) , pair of trousers 


Some final few reminders; 1. Arrive early before interview time 2. Don’t bring ‘excess luggage’ to the interview – psychological & physical 3. Prepare clear leaf folder containing relevant certs/ documents beforehand 4. Use the toilet efficiently before interview 5. Relax 


       

At the door – courtesy (greeting) Firm handshakes (men) vs ‘dead fish’ Eye contact Smile occasionally Ask permission to be seated Address interviewer with title (Mr, Ms, Dr etc) Sit still and never slouch on the chair Avoid fidgeting


     

When answering questions, speak in clear tone, normal speed Avoid making jokes Look at the interviewer(s) in their face(s), not other body parts! Don’t move too much Ask for clarification if you don’t understand certain questions Ask for repeat if you didn’t get the question


TO AVOID DURING INTERVIEW! -

Don’t take phone calls during interview Don’t make excuses/ speak negatively of your past experiences Don’t speak negatively of your past employers/ lecturers/ supervisors etc Don’t falsify your answers – be honest Don’t give impression you are interested with the job because of the salary/ location


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Don’t treat interview casually (even if it is a practice) Don’t ask about salary/ benefits unless brought up by the interviewer Don’t show you are desperate for the job Don’t show frustration during interview


Typical interview structure; 1. Small talk (5 mins) – random general questions 2. Mutual discussion (15 mins) – questions about your background and credentials (qualification) 3. Interviewee ask question(s) (5 mins) 4. Conclusion of interview (5 mins) 


Mutual discussion – some common questions; 1. “Tell me about yourself” 2. “Tell me about you most rewarding experience” 3. “What are your strengths” 4. “What are your weaknesses” 5. “Why should we hire you?” 6. “What are your goals?” 


7. “Why do you want to work here?” 8. “What salary are you seeking?” 9. “Describe yourself in one word” 10. “When could you start work?” 11. “Do you have any plan for further education?” 12. “Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?”


Interviewee questions – some examples; 1. “What are the main objectives of this position?” 2. “What’s the best thing about working at your company?” 3. “What kind of working environment your company provides?” 4. “Does the company provide internal or external training for the workers?” 


5. “What career advancement opportunity available for this position?” 6. “Can you describe the company’s management style?” 7. “What are you looking for in a candidate?” 8. “How did the position become available?”


  



Follow-up with ‘thank you’ note to the interviewer After 2 or 3 weeks after interview and no answer, call or write to ask the status Employer might ask you to provide additional info (reference letter, transcripts) for follow up If successful, you’ll be called for second interview (good chance to get hired)


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