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5 Simple Yet Very Effective Job Interview Tips

May 18, 2011 Posted by

5 Simple Yet Very Effective Job Interview Tips

Are you ready to find a new job?  If so, now is the best time to get your job search started.  Even though you are just getting started, you should focus on the interview.  This interview is your big chance to land a well-paying position.  For the best luck, please keep these five job interview tips in mind.

1 – Be Prepared

One of the best job interview tips you’ll ever hear is to be prepared for the interview.  What should this preparation entail?  For starters, it is important to be dressed nice and professionally for your big day.  Then, it is vital that you arrive on time.  Another good method of preparation is to do a few practice interviews at home.  Whether it be in front of a mirror or with someone who can provide honest feedback, run through a few common job interview questions so that you can work on formulating your answers ahead of time.

2 – Don’t Worry

It is hard not to worry about a job interview.  It is okay to be nervous, but don’t let that nervousness overwhelm you.  Otherwise, your nervousness is likely to shine through and result in some mistakes.  Speaking of which, what if you do make a mistake?  What if you slip up or describe a job duty wrong?  No big deal!  Brush yourself off and move on; get through the rest of the job interview.

3 – Be Honest

Some individuals make the mistake of thinking it is okay to stretch the truth or outright lie during a job interview.  Why is this done?  Well, they think it will improve their job search success.  Will it?  Likely not.  Always remember that it is usually as easy as one phone call to your old employer to verify all the information you said.  If you are truly qualified for the job, just be honest. 

4 – Don’t Vent or Rant

Since you are looking for a new job, something might have gone wrong at your old job.  Maybe you got fired?  Maybe you quit because you didn’t like your boss?  Regardless, be sure to tread carefully.  Employers want an employee who is not only a team player, but a strong and professional worker.  Ranting or venting about your job, your boss, or your coworkers is likely to create some awkward moments that can hurt your chances of landing a job.

5 – End on a Thank You

Ending a job interview with a “thank you,” seems like common sense.  However, remember the nervousness?  It is easy to forget something as simple as a “thank you” since you want to leave as soon as possible and take one big huge breath.  Still, utter that all important phrase and end the job interview with a firm handshake.

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Unmasking a candidate; the art of effective interviewing- the 5 ps approach

May 14, 2011 Posted by

Unmasking a candidate; the art of effective interviewing- the 5 ps approach

Hiring a good employee to work for your organisation is a very tiring process. Organisations are constantly scrambling for talented staff and a good recruiter must be able to differentiate between a talented candidate and an incompetent one. The interview process serves as the best medium for uncovering the truth and satisfying oneself on the skills, competence or otherwise of a candidate. The interview process presents a small window of opportunity for asking questions, to satisfy oneself, to allay ones fears and to assure oneself that the candidate sitting across the table is ‘the one’.

It takes a lot of skill to be able to unmask somebody within the period of time usually allocated for job interviews. There is more to a person than meets the eye and as they say ‘there is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face’.  A job interview provides a valuable opportunity for the interviewer and the candidate to learn more about each other. Both of you are assessing each other, for the recruiter it entails predicting more accurately how a candidate might perform in the specific position to be filled if given the chance, and for the candidate, learning more about the position and deciding if they want to work for that organisation.

Find below, my 5 Ps approach for interviewing. The objective is to provide you with techniques for conducting very good interviews that goes a long way to unmask a candidate and to have a clear understanding of what they are actually made of.


The first thing to do when conducting an interview is to plan. Draw a comprehensive plan on the whole interview process and decide on the format. Planning the interview process provides you with a framework for interviewing different candidates on a consistent basis and allows you to cover the relevant areas of the process. It also makes it easier for you to steady all the candidates, assessing them effectively and bringing them in line when they ramble whiles answering your questions. You can modify your plan to suit the specific situations as you go along. Planning entails interview room arrangement, location arrangement, and deciding on the interview process. What format do you want your interview to take, is it a question and answer process, will you conduct the interview by yourself or interviewing by a select panel? All these must be pre-arranged and you the interviewer must be clear in your mind what you want. Planning for an interview defines your goals and gives you an outline of the whole interview process. The best interviews happen in a setting where both sides are comfortable. You the interviewer must be able to control the interview and try not to make it a game of wits. Set the theme for the interview and take charge.


As with everything else, it pays to adequately prepare before an interview. Interviewing is an art form and must be studied. You have to prepare a list of questions to ask and the questions must reflect your objectives. Your questions must be able to draw answers that will satisfy you. Your questions must be open-ended must be structured well, ones that will elicit a more detailed response. Try to ask a good mix of questions, those that give insight into the candidate’s behaviour, elicit their opinion, demonstrate their experience, and reveal details about their background. Set out your objectives for every question and design counter questions to seek further explanation when your objectives are not been realised as they answer your questions.

You must study the resume of the candidates very carefully, go over the CV with a fine tooth comb and try to identify the anomalies.  Reviewing a résumé in front of the candidate smacks of disorganization and poor preparation. It is also very difficult to detect anomalies in a CV during the interview process; firstly it distracts you and disorganises your thought process. A well prepared interviewer is composed, asks direct questions and is able to identify irregularities in a candidates answer.


Interviewing is about probing and probing deeper. You need to satisfy yourself that the person sitting across the table is the one for the job, and you can only do that if you probe further. As stated above ask direct questions and counter questions that will probe into a candidate’s background, his likes and dislikes, his understanding of the job on hand, his approach and more importantly his suitability for the job. At the end of the interview you should have a fairly good sense of the person’s likes and dislikes, along with their strengths and weaknesses. You should also be clear in your mind if they are suitable for the job. Probing deeper will enable you to differentiate a good candidate from the charlatan. You can probe deeper if you set out your goals, take charge of the interview and control the interview, making sure that you are satisfied at the end, that the candidate walking out the door is the viable choice.


Closely related to the above is the need to be persistent. Listen to your instinct and persist on a particular line of questioning just to be sure. Try to find different ways of bringing out the truth and the true colour of a candidate. Don’t give up until you are fully convinced. If possible, request for further proof in terms of documentation and do some reference checking. You can even call the candidate after the interview and ask further questions. The flip side to being persistent is to look out for the persistent candidate. People naturally tend to be frustrated when you ask so many questions on a particular topic. The trick is to look out for candidates who take the pain to make you understand them deeper, candidates who persist to prove themselves to you.


Be patient, and try hard to uncover the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Being patient during interviews expects you to listen effectively and pay attention. Try not to reveal your immediate impression of the candidate through your gestures, expressions and actions. Be certain not to let negative reactions become obvious to the candidate and don’t give up on a candidate. You can write down your thoughts and observation but try to listen and understand what the candidate is saying. The key to effective listening is to do minimal talking.  Try to establish rapport and as much as possible and go out of your way to make the candidate comfortable.

Hiring the right person for job can be very challenging; a job interview provides a valuable opportunity for you and the candidate to learn more about each other. An interview allows you to predict how a candidate will perform in a job situation and allows you to differentiate between potential employees. You can only get a full understanding of what a candidate is made of when you take the time to design a comprehensive interview process.


Michael Kuma Avuglah is a Human Resources Management professional. He is the Chief Operations Officer of Ghana HR Solutions ( ) a Ghanaian Human Resource Consultancy with services in recruitment and organisational training and development. Ghana HR prides itself of having the employment strategies, wide range of options and resources needed to recruit professional talent on demand.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.



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.