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Job Interview Preparation

May 19, 2011 Posted by

Job Interview Preparation


Going for job interview and do not know how to prepare! Well, here are some points which you must consider while going for the job interview. Giving an interview is not any straightforward task. Remember that an interview is not any common conversation, but is an examination to assess you. If you are not prepares then you may not give a good first impression and you will have lost out. You must do good, planned preparation for the interview.

Before going for a job interview, assemble all the information about the employing company. Visit web sites and draw out necessary information about the company. Write down the standard type of questions you will be asked by the interviewer and use them to prepare for your answers. Base answers on facts and around your qualifications. Because the entire result from the interview is dependent on how you answer the questions and how smartly you justify yourself.

Always be prepared to be able to say why you are looking for this job and the reasons that this company stands out for you above others. Then questions about your strengths and weaknesses, what are your best achievements are, what you really want to accomplish as a career, what your experience tells you and many such general questions may be asked. The answers to these types of questions should be enlightening and you must validate your points in details. Point out some examples by which you can best explain your answers. Think about examples that you can point out in advance.

Then get the handbook of company’s terms and conditions. Go all the way through it properly and you can save your time during or just before the interview. Collect the hard evidence of what you have accomplished, which will put you ahead of the others who are competing with you. Make sure you resume or CV is up to date and keep it very clean and striking. Carry your most recent updated resume with you, even if already given to the interviewer. Always carry more than one copy of resume with you in case it is needed.

Try to collect and remember the company relevant issues. Prepare some questions to ask about the company role and related topics. Search for the company’s trade and research company policies. If there are any doubts that spring to mind during reading these then take note and be prepared to ask these at the interview, it will show you are thorough and interested in the job.

Always review your aim and goals, both short and long term. Speak clearly and build a rapport. It is important to be honest during an interview in case you are checked up upon. Inform the interviewer how you plan to achieve your goals. Make sure that you have at least two or three good references, which will put you, one-step ahead of the other candidates. Always have a positive mind set, be passionate and focused. Think of various strategies to deal positively with the flaws you have. Try to get some personality tests. Personality tests shows your merits and weak points, and you can act positively based on the results.

Then at the last minute, dress properly. Have a confident demeanour and dress smartly to maximise your chances of success.

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Preparing for a Job Interview: How to Ace Your Job Interview and Jumpstart Your Career

May 17, 2011 Posted by

Preparing for a Job Interview: How to Ace Your Job Interview and Jumpstart Your Career

You have submitted your cover letter and resume, and have just been scheduled for an interview! Congratulations! The only thing left is preparing for a job interview that could land you your desired position in the company.

But how do you go about preparing for a job interview anyway? Guess no more. In this article, I’ll share some proven tips to impress your potential employer so much, he might even hire you on the spot!

1) Better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Most interviews require you to be in business attire. Never go to an interview looking like you have just gotten out of bed and suddenly remembered you had an interview.

Plan what you’re going to wear the night before so you won’t have to waste time choosing clothes on the day itself. You don’t have to buy new clothes either. Just make sure you’re well-groomed, your shoes are polished, and your outfit is free of wrinkles.

When preparing for a job interview, I also recommend that you stake out the place, so you’ll have an idea of the kind of clothes the employees wear.

2) Visit the company before the interview.

Some people blow an interview for the smallest reasons. Sometimes, it’s because they got lost on the way or got caught in traffic.

The best thing for you to do is visit the office before the job interview, so you’ll know how to get there and which route to avoid. I’m not saying you should go directly to the office and announce your presence. Simply stay outside the building and observe.

3) Do your research.

When preparing for a job interview, it is also important that you do your research. Remember, the employer is trying to find out whether you’re a good fit for the company.

Look up the goals and accomplishments of the company, and try melding them with your own skills and interests. Look out for your strengths and weaknesses, so you won’t be caught off guard during the actual interview.

When preparing for a job interview, it is important that you plan well and ahead of time. If practicing with a mock interviewer helps you, then do so. Do everything you can to make sure that you have nothing to distract you on the day itself.

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5 Easy Steps To Interview Preparation

May 16, 2011 Posted by

5 Easy Steps To Interview Preparation

All those months of preparation have paid off and you are raring to go. This is your chance to shine and get that dream job. Remember to always prepare well for an interview; you should never go for an interview without thorough preparation.

Here are the 5 steps to successful interview preparation:

1. Go through your resume – This seems like a pointless step, where you will say “I do not need to go through my resume, I made it and I know it verbatim”. But, it is always better to go through your resume and try to understand it from the point of view of the interviewer. What was it that attracted the attention of the interviewer for you to get an interview call? When you do this, you may understand what it is that the company is looking for and what it is expecting from you. This puts you at an advantage during the interview.

2. Go online again – The Internet is your best friend. It helped you create the perfect resume and perfect cover letters, now it will help you understand the company. Visit the company website and understand everything about the company and its activities. The more information about the company you have the better equipped you are for the interview.

3. Study and learn – Try to study and learn all that there is about the company. The more you know the better you are going to feel about going in for that interview. Knowledge is your best friend during an interview.

4. Rehearse – Ever heard anyone tell you to make a script for an interview? Well, making a script for an interview makes sense. It helps you rehearse the kind of questions that you know will be asked and you can rehearse the answers to give the best ones possible. You will be asked questions on your past positions and achievements. You will also be asked to describe your strengths and weaknesses, what can you bring in terms of skill to the workplace. These are the kind of questions you can prepare the answers to. You can ask a friend to rehearse with you and make the preparation for your big interview fun.

5. Prepare a list of questions – Most people think that when they go for an interview, they have to answer all the questions and ask none. This is a mistake. Most interviewers appreciate questions. This shows that you have prepared and researched before coming for the interview, and that the job is important for you. Do not ask questions like “How much will I get paid?” or “What benefits will I get?” first. Save these for later. Ask questions that are more position and company oriented. Ask those questions relevant to information given by the interviewer.

Preparing for an interview can be daunting – but by following the 5 steps above, you’ll be ahead of the game.

Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution’s Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.

How to prepare the interview

May 15, 2011 Posted by

How to prepare the interview


Talk to your Elisjones Consultant and find out about the company offering the position, its job specification and the skills and experience required.

Do your Homework. Research the company. Check out their website, find out about their products and services. Compare your skills and experience against the job specification.

Make a note of any special skills or experience you have that matches the job specification that can validate your selection for the job.

Make a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Always let the interviewer know that you have researched their website, and tell them you have some additional questions. (Talk to your Elisjones consultant about the sort of questions that would be appropriate at this point.)

Plan your travel to the interview. Ideally arrive ten minutes early so that you arrive relaxed. (If taking public transport, take the earlier train or bus to allow for cancellations.)

Present yourself as the person you want to be. Look professional – smart, tidy and clean. For corporate positions wear a classic dark suit (including jacket) – make sure it is pressed and clean. Avoid sandals, sling back shoes and sneakers. Avoid unnecessary adornments like rings, bracelets and chunky earrings.

Be prepared to answer situational or behavioral questions related to the role. (Ask your Elisjones consultant if you are unsure.) For example for a customer service position you could be asked: “Can you tell me how you would handle a difficult customer who has a complaint.”

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Prepare yourself ahead – many of our weaknesses are also our strengths – so tell your interviewer this. For example – ‘attention to detail’ can be a strength and a weakness – it can slow you down if overdone. Avoid saying that you don’t have weaknesses. We all have them, so this wouldn’t be credible.

The Interview Itself

You have arrived at the interview location on time, well dressed and well prepared and your mobile phone turned off.
- Greet the interviewer with a friendly smile and a firm hand shake.
- Most interviewers will then endeavor to put you at ease by having a general chat prior to asking you questions.

Speak at a normal pace. Avoid speaking too fast. (Some people speak fast when they are nervous – be aware of this and slow your speech if necessary.)

Always look at the interviewer – keep eye contact as much as possible. Try to smile, as this relaxes you. Do not cross your arms. Lean forward slightly and show interest in the job.

Phrase responses in positive terms – avoid negatives. This presents you as an optimist rather than a pessimist. Answer questions in short descriptive phrases without waffling. Be precise and clear with your answers.

If you completed your preparation, you should now know how to answer your strengths and weaknesses if asked. Similarly you should be prepared for any behavioral or situational questions having checked with your EJ Consultant.

Closing the Interview

Avoid asking about remuneration until the end of the interview. Allow time for the interviewer to approach the subject first. Initially answer the question by saying – for example – “I believe the market range is -,000″. The reason for this is to allow the employing company to commit itself first with a guideline figure.

If an offer is made at the interview, and you are keen to accept the job – do so. However, if you are unsure – or you need to discuss the position further with your Consultant or partner, confirm your interest in the job and tell the interviewer that you would like to discuss the offer with your partner (or consultant) first before accepting.

If a job offer isn’t made – ask for the Job. Don’t be worried if the job is not offered immediately as there could be others to be interviewed.

Where the interviewer brings the interview to an end thank the interviewer for their time (and for the job offer – if made). Confirm your interest in the job.

Ring your Elisjones consultant and discuss any queries you have about the position that needs to be clarified. Provide feedback of your interest or otherwise in the position as soon as possible after the interview. Remember it is best if the consultant has your feedback before talking to the employer regarding their response. It demonstrates your enthusiasm for the role.


If you “forget” to turn off your mobile phone – ignore it and apologize to your interviewer – do not ask can you answer it.

Do NOT chew gum.


Sell yourself.

Remember you are a person with good skills and experience that fits the job on offer. Your Consultant believes in you – now believe in yourself.

Barbara Elisjones explains how we can change our beliefs and be the person we wish to be. Barbara owns and operates a recruitment company in Sydney, Australia ( ) and is a trainer in personal development.   She holds a Bachelor of Business and has been involved in training and career development for over 20 years.   See also blog:



How Interviews help you understand your strengths and weaknesses?

May 14, 2011 Posted by

How Interviews help you understand your strengths and weaknesses?

Of all the Human Resource Management functions, staff selection is arguably one of the most important and vital. In this process, the “interview” tool and technique helps in assessing potential employees’ “fit” in the organization.  The 2-fold advantage of such interviews is: assisting in employee selection, and – for the candidates – realizing their own potential. Every time an individual attends an interview, it makes them a better person in terms of career growth by making them more competent, confident, ready and willing to take up challenging assignments. ‘No one is perfect’ and everyone has strengths and weaknesses at their own level. These play an important role during the interview sessions that an individual experiences.

The essential qualities of a person that surface during an interview session are:

Personality Attitude Knowledge through education Self developed knowledge/Tacit knowledge Skills

These five qualities are a face value portrayal of the basic characteristics of an individual. Among these virtues, most people usually score well on knowledge through education and skills. This is because it is imbibed by us through coaching, while the other qualities are made up of talents, concentration and mental quickness. These qualities, which decide the strengths and weaknesses of any individual, are developed over a period of time and vary from person to person 

When the interviewer and the candidate meet for a job interview, the demeanor, body language and mannerisms of the candidate are observed. Under these circumstances, it becomes very important to keep up the positive note within us. This will not only create positivism within the candidate, but also in the surrounding environment. It is this positivism that takes people far ahead in life and especially in a career.

Secondly, the determining factor of one’s personality is attitude. At times the knowledge and talent that an individual acquires blinds them to the world of humanity and this may be termed an ‘attitudinal problem’. This is a common weakness that many people develop because it becomes difficult for them to handle the power they are vested with. This is one characteristic that is very difficult to overcome and becomes obvious in one’s behavior.

It is not necessary that an individual has to get through every interview that they attend, but every interview brings out a better individual to face the next one. Both success and failure during interviews can help an individual understand their own strength and weaknesses. It helps too in leveraging success factors and working on areas needing development. Hence, each interaction like these helps in shortening the learning curve.

Tips For Interview

May 11, 2011 Posted by

Tips For Interview

When called for an interview it is important to prepare yourself in advance. Your employer has considered your resume and found it interesting now they want to meet with you to see if you can fit in with the company. There are a number of simple tips for interview which can make it a little easier to get the job you are looking for.

1. First thing is to try to find as much information as possible about the company. The more you know about the company the better it is for you, search their website and any other info you can find on the internet about the company. Do not be impressed if the company is large size it is still run by people like you with may be more experience and qualifications. If you become too impress you will not be able to perform well during the interview.

2. Once done with the searching about the company think about the difficulat questions the interviewer might ask, such as why you want to work for the company, what are your career goals, what are your future plans, why should we hire you? You must practice these questions, you might be able to shed light on your qualifications, skills and work experiences but the above questions does give little problems to even the best prepared candidates. Practice with your family and friends so you would know a little bit more about your strengths and weaknesses.

3. When going for the interview consider your dress you need to dress appropriately for the interview. Formal dress is always better for the interview but try not to wear something too colorfull this might distract the attention of the interviewer. They want to see someone looking professional working for the company to enhanced company’s image so choose your dress appropriately. Just consider if you walk into a company and you see two people one dressed like a cowboy and the other in a formal dress, who would you approach for info or help?

4. Try to arrive a little early for the interview, you might have to wait in que for your number but you must expect to be called as soon as you arrived. If there is a set time for the interview and you arrive little late it might not give a good impression to the Interviewer. It is always better to work out how you would get there and do not forget to consider the public transport lateness, rush hour traffic problems and car parking issues.  If the company is a little distance away from you it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the area.

5. Just remember when you go for the interview a firm handshake and a nice gentle smile with greetings will break the ice and give you a good start. While you will be answering questions you must look towards the interviewer and in their eyes with confidence and not towards some where else. Also it is important not to laugh or smile when the interviewer will ask questions with a serious tone you will have to try to adapt to their mood and emotions and keep your emotions to yourself.

6. Some questions might force you to lie about yourself but it might not be the best strategy, the employers or recruiters can guess when someone is not telling the truth. This could lead to panic and you will not be able to recover during interview. Even if there are certain areas and you feel you do not want them to find out, you must prepare yourself to explain or find reasons to explain to overcome this problem.

7. Do not rush to answer, listen carefully, think for a second and then communicate in the best possible way to give the first good impression about yourself. If the interviewer make a negative statement about something from your resume do not come to conclusion remain calm and try to explain but do not argue. They want to see how you behave during interview and your expressions are noted.

8. It is sometimes best to answer the questions asked and not to start a story or long explanation about something. Keep to the point but make sure you answer all the questions. It is not necessary sometimes to get 100% right but answering all question is required. If you follow the above tips for interview you will have a better chance to get the job you are applying for. is here to prepare you for the crucial interview you will face to get the job of your dream. The cool tips will help you to remain calm and answer the questions in the best possible way. Also and are useful resources. Do not forget to come back and spread the word about the cool sites to your friends.