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HR Lessons

Interview Tips

Melissa Maunes

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of HR Lessons

For Fresh Graduates!
Make sure that you write in third person.
Prioritize your Educational Background than your work experience.
Write a career objective that really suites you.
Be Consistent.
Brief is Better
Use one font.
Use Clear and Straightforward text.
Context is important
Double Check
Matrix Partners preso!
Harvard Business Review
How to lower the cost of enterprise sales?
Proper Format of Resume
Prominently display your Name, Address, Contact Number and Email address on top of your Resume.
Career Objective
Key Skills
Employment History
Trainings and seminars Attended
Thank You!
God Bless Us All
Interview Questions

HR Lessons
1. Resume
A self promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited for a job interview.
2. Prepare
Know Yourself
You increase your confidence when you know what you can contribute to the organization and what you want from the job. You also demonstrate to the interviewer that you are purposeful and reflective—qualities employers want employees to have.
Know the Organization
Study the Organizations Website.
the latest annual report
recent news releases
the vision statement and goals
line of business
Know the Job
Review the job posting.
Ask the human resources department for a job description.
Find out more about the job from an employee in the company.
Talk to someone in your network who does similar work.
Average salary of the position.
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
skills and competencies
values and needs
personal characteristics
Make sure your clothes that are neatly ironed and press. Nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail than wrinkled clothing.
Make sure your clothing fits properly. If your pants or sleeves are too long or something is too loose or too tight you’ll look and probably feel awkward.
Don’t wear flashy jewelry. You’ll want the interviewer to pay attention to you, not your bling.
Dress according to the season. Don’t wear a stuffy turtleneck sweater in the middle of the summer.
Don’t wear perfume or aftershave. You never know if your interviewer is allergic and this isn’t a good way to find out.
Make sure you have a nice, clean haircut that makes you look well groomed.
For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair to a minimum.
For women, don’t wear anything that is too revealing. It’s best to keep your body parts inside your clothing and not be too exposed.
Avoid articles of clothing with loud, busy prints. It’s best to wear solid colors that flatter your skin tone.
For women, make sure you wear appropriate lingerie and/or pantyhose underneath your clothing. This will give you smooth lines and assure you don’t have visible panty lines on your backside.
For women, don’t overdo your makeup. Wear natural colors and avoid heavy eyeshadow, eyeliner and bright colored lipstick.
For pants outfits, make sure you wear a belt that matches the color of your shoes.
Other Guidelines for Interview Attire
3. Practice
4. Participate
5. Be Positive
The interviewer wants to know how your skills, knowledge and experience match the needs of the position—and also how well you communicate. Practicing what you're going to say and how you’re going to say it will help you communicate clearly and confidently.

It's best not to memorize questions and answers. Instead, develop key points that you want the interviewer to know about you, based on your preparation. You can practice using these key points to respond to a variety of questions.

It's also important for you to ask relevant questions during the interview. Make a list of three things you want to know about the position or the organization and practice asking questions about them. Make sure you couldn't be expected to know the answers to these questions from your research. It’s a good idea not to ask questions about salary, vacation or other benefits until after you receive a job offer.

You’ll make the most of your practice time if you record your sessions so you can see and hear how you perform. It’s also a good idea to role-play the interview with a friend.
1. Smile and extend your hand to shake hands with the interviewer when you meet.
2. Sit straight with your feet flat on the floor, leaning slightly forward to show interest.
3. Make eye contact—interviewers will expect you to look them in the eye with confidence.
4. Watch the interviewer's body language and expressions for feedback on how you're doing.
5. Listen closely to the questions so you can answer them accurately.
6. Be direct. Don't ramble or go off topic.
7. Take time to think before you respond.
8. Give all your attention to the interview and the interviewer—this tells the employer you are focused on your commitments.
9. Be Honest
How you present yourself in the interview—your appearance, your attitude, your body language—is vitally important. You don’t get a second chance to create a first impression! These suggestions will help you show your enthusiasm and motivation in the interview:
Be Positive
1. Why don’t you tell me about yourself?

Focus on what interests the interviewer

Do not dwell on your personal history--that is not why you are there. Start with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. You want to be selling what the buyer is buying.

Highlight Important Accomplishments

Have a story ready that illustrates your best professional qualities. For example, if you tell an interviewer that people describe you as creative, provide a brief story that shows how you have been creative in achieving your goals.

Stories are powerful and are what people remember most.

A good interviewee will memorize a 60-second commercial that clearly demonstrates why he or she is the best person for the job.
Most people feel anxious about a job interview. You can choose to be positive and confident, even if you’re nervous. Pretending to feel confident, even when you actually don’t, will have a positive effect on both you and the interviewer.

You may be able to decrease your anxiety by realizing that an interview is a meeting between two equally important parties with the goal of sharing information. The employer wants to find out if you can do the job and if you will fit into the organization. You want to find out if you should contribute your skills and knowledge to the organization, if you can learn and grow in this position, and if you will be respected and compensated for your contribution.
2. What is your greatest weakness?
An impressive and confident response shows that the candidate has prepared for the question, has done serious self-reflection, and can admit responsibility and accept constructive criticism. Sincerely give an honest answer (but not a long one), be confident in the fact that this weakness does not make you any less of a great candidate, and show that you are working on this weakness and tell the recruiter how.
3. What are your strengths?
Describe two or three skills you have that are relevant to the job. Avoid clichés or generalities; offer specific evidence. Describe new ways these skills could be put to use in the position you are being considered for.
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