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A Look at Some Top Job Interview Questions

May 23, 2011 Posted by

A Look at Some Top Job Interview Questions

Successful interview is essential in order to grab an offer. Here are some top job interview questions those will help you to prepare for an effective interview through follow up. Before we discuss top job interview questions there are certain things for which you should get ready by your own like company research, memorize your resume, practice, behavior during interview, dress appropriately, and end the interview with thank you.

Top job interview questions are influential guide that will give a key of how to master job interview skills within a small period and introduce you with dominant question answering skills, carriage, confidence and cool calm that turns you look twice confident as any of the other job candidate. There are number of questions asked by interviewer so as to mystify you and to loose your confidence level but these questions will surely help you out to grow your confidence along with the behavior how to tackle with their attitude and disappointment when you give incorrect answer. 

The top job interview questions are as bellow:
> What are your weaknesses?
> Why should I hire you among all others?
> Why you want to work in our company?
> What are your goals?
> Why did your leave your previous job?
> When were you most satisfied in your last job?
> What are the three positive things your last boss would say about you?
> What can you do for us that other candidates cannot? 
> What are your salary expectations?
> If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?

Besides these questions there are few more important questions which are equally important.
> How long you plan to stay at our company?
> Where do you see yourself after five years?
> Why did you select this school and course of study?
> What do you do in your spare time?
> What are other types of job opportunity or companies are you considering?

The objective of the recruiters is to convince the employer that the interviewee has skills, background and ability to do the job and can comfortably fit to his or her organization. The output of interview can be strongly predisposed by realizing an interview is not an intentional process in which the employer offers the job to the best candidate based on merit only. Instead, it is a highly subjective encounter in which he/she selects the best. Things like personality, confidence, enthusiasm, a positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skill along with the good communication are the significant aspects in interview.

It is always better to prepare these questions but don’t memorize their answers so that you sound like a robot. But all set for these questions and have a summarized script ready but no need to remember the answer like you learn them by heart. Questions are quite common and there is nothing to get stumble or scared, once you are ready with them.  These questions will definitely guide you to give effective interview but only if you try and give your best.

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Effective Interview Skills

May 12, 2011 Posted by

Effective Interview Skills

Life is full of challenges. We meet many confront in our daily life. When we are at the stage of entering school/college/university, we face many hard nut cracking challenges and learn many lessons of practical life through them. After acquiring graduation/post graduation, students usually move towards their specialization or adopt a profession of their choices, according to their own interest, keeping in view the market demand.

Talents and Skills are the only tools, which could lead an individual towards the door of success in this challenging time. To qualify for a professional degree or a job, one should have strong past educational background along with integrated multi dimensional skills. It’s of no use acquiring higher degree without building character, confidence, and expressive personality.

To meet the challenges of professional life, one has to be familiar with many skills to grab the attention of an interviewer, out of which Interview skills are the basic necessities to meet up the future challenges with success.

Either you are applying for a job or want to qualify an entrance examination for a professional degree; you should have to be prepared in advance for an interview. It’s the only way you through which you can gain the trust of an interviewer. An interviewer always attempt to decide that why they should select you? What are the qualities, which you have and other do not have? How can you benefit their organization?

If you can show your trust, your confidence, your commitment, and appropriate skills, then you could win a successful future.

Interview is a form of oral communication. It’s one to one, or one to group interaction, where an applicant proves themselves as a unique person to be the part of an organization.

Remember that interview is always pre-planned and structured. It’s a formal presentation between an interviewer and an interviewee.

Only those pass it with flying colours, who are original and show their interest with confidence and who present themselves appealing.

There are many types of interview like Information gathering interview, appraisal interview, exit interview, hiring interview, college/ university interview, persuasive interview, counseling interview and many more. In this article, we are going to learn about

College/ university entrance and Hiring interview.

Hiring/Entrance Interview is one of the best known and the most widely experienced type of interview, where an interviewer is taken by Human Resource Manager/ Educational Expertise.

To reduce your chances being rejected, here are some basic professional skills, which will lead you towards the path of success in your interview.

BEFORE INTERVIEW

First of all, prepare your mind in advance, that you are going to have an interview next morning. Relax yourself and do not get nervous, tense or tired at any cost.

Before going for an interview, pre-planned few things:

1. Learn about the company, organization or educational institution and do some research in advance.

2. Why should you perform an advance research?

3. Simply to develop good answers and to prove yourself unique.

4. What you have to Research?

5. You can gather information about organizational structure; type of their clients/ students; departments and its branches; past and present achievements etc.

Simply search yellow pages or ask your friend or family member/relative who are familiar about organization or you can collect information through newspapers and websites.

Prepare answers to typical questions. Practice your answer and never rote learn it.

Here are few of the sampling questions, which you can practice in advance.

1. What do you feel about our organization?

2. What are your weaknesses?

3. Why do you want to become a part of our organization?

4. Tell me about your self and about your hobbies.

5. Who is your role model and why?

If you are lucky to know the name of a person, who will interview you, then memorizes his/her name properly.

Decide what to wear.

Remember to Dress simply but elegantly. Dress should be well ironed without crease. Wear comfortable shoes. remember to wear basic hosiery.You can even check what management wears and dress similarly without over kill.

Do not Dress casual or wear Athletic Shoes. Do not spray lots of cologne or wear lots of jewellery.

Do not wear wrinkled attire or flashing tie.

Prepare your file having your portfolio, educational degree copies and extra copies of your resume.

Find proper address in advance, that where are you going in the morning.

Last but not the least;get a good night sleep.

ON THE DAY OF INTERVIEW

Take a bath. Do not apply heavy makeup. Always carry a purse or a small handy briefcase with you.

Do carry your portfolio file. Dress effectively. Do not eat anything containing garlic or onion in your breakfast.Arrive 15 minutes earlier to show your prompt and seriousness.

DURING INTERVIEW

Start it off winner. Offer your hand and give a firm shake, else greet them with your pleasant smile.

Take a permission to sit on a chair.

Show a positive confident attitude and introduce yourself.

Don’t get tense. Be comfortable and face the interviewer effectively.

Listen to their questions effectively and answer it genuinely.

Answer every question with confidence. Have a proper eye contact towards your interviewer. Remember that the interviewer might be more than one, so keep your eye contact with every individual interviewer to make them feel unique.

Whatever you want to answer, speak clearly with a normal tempo voice. Do not shout.

Show your confidence level at every moment of an interview.

Show your certifications or achievements only when they ask you to show.

Always sit straight. It might help them to analyze your personality and your traits.

Use the medium of answer, in which you feel comfortable. Remember to use good grammar and strong vocabulary with neutral accent.

Always clarify your answer. Do not say Yes or No.

Never complains about your past organization or employees.

While giving effective answers. Do not argue and always give respect to your interviewer. Always keep neutral thinking and try to mould your answer according to your interviewer personality.

Do not eat chewing gum, while answering questions.

If they give you a chance to ask any query or question, only ask relevant question.

TRADITIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Few of the traditional interview questions, which an organization might ask are

1. Tell me about yourself (in two minutes).

2. Why do you feel that you will be successful in …?

3. Why did you decide to interview with our organization?

4. Are you willing to relocate?

5. Tell me about your scholastic record.

6. Tell me about your extra-curricular activities and interests.

7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

8. Why should we hire you?

9. Why did you choose to become a teacher, nurse,…?

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

11. Why do you want to leave your current job?

AFTER INTERVIEW

With a pleasing smile, say thanks and ask about the next step in the process. Follow up. Call them if you do not get a call within a given time frame and dont forget to write a thank you letter to an organization for taking out their precious time for your interview.

Few reasons for not getting a job.

Might be you lack oral communication skills or writing skills.

Your inappropriate attitude could also let you down in your interview.

Lack of knowledge about the working world.

Lack of confidence.

Inappropriate/fake degree.

Lack of experience.

Lack of motivation.

PRACTICE INTERVIEW SKILLS.

CHIN UP AND GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW !

Munir Moosa Sewani is one of the famous, prominent and creative names in the field of Education. He is in this field since 8 years. He is a Teacher Educator and a Freelance Writer.He is the famous author of award winning e-book for children, “The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN” and has also written Biology and Pakistan Studies course book for Secondary Classes. He has written more than 30 articles on social, health, educational and cultural issues, which are Internationally recognized and published in most of the famous world wide websites, magazines and newspapers.

He is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor, musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents.

His future plan is to write dozens of informative books and articles and to work for education and media also, in order to develop the sense of understanding many dimensions of life through his creativity.