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Job Interviews

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Jazab C

on 19 January 2015

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- don't wing your interview!!!
- things you should bring; address of your interview, interviewer's phone number, a
list of references, 2 extra clean copies of your resumé, a notepad/paper
- know how an interview goes
- dress nicely
- first impressions are really important; smile, firm hand shake, eye contact, greetings
- Make sure you know the exact time and location of the interview and how much time it will take you to get there
- in front of a mirror
- with someone else e.g. friend, family member
- ask for tips
- body posture
- your answers to possible questions
The next slide will give you hints on possible questions

The DOs of Interviews
Dress appropriately - formal clothing
Arrive at least 10-20 minutes early
Turn off your phone
Treat the employees with courtesy and respect
Offer a firm handshake and have a friendly expression
Maintain good eye contact
Sit still in your seat
Maintain proper posture
Sit forward; look engaged and interested at all times
Be thorough in your responses to questions
Focus on what you have to offer
Avoid using poor language
Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question
Be honest and be yourself; stress your achievements
Take your time to think before answering anything
Have a positive attitude
Show that you have background knowledge about the position and company; ask intelligent questions
Send in a thank you letter to your interviewer following the interview
The DONTs of Interviews
Never lie
Be late or sloppy
Go on your phone
Be unprepared
Be overconfident
Act desperate or look too nervous
Make negative comments about past employers/companies
Ask about salary and benefit issues unless the employer brings it up
Give negative information about yourself
Mumble, use slang, swear, brag, argue or interrupt the interviewer
Have a negative attitude or seem frustrated/impatient
Chew gum during the interview or smoke prior to it
Take a family member, friend, pet, etc. with you
Discuss controversial topics (e.g. politics, religion, etc.)
Don't talk about personal issues
Don't answer with a simple "yes" or "no"
Don't rush out at the end of the interview
Job Interviews
Fizza Chaudhry, Julie Tran and Neha Bhandari
What is a Job Interview?
-A job interview is a type of employment test that involves a conversation between a job applicant (possible employee) and representative of the employing organization (employer).
- It is a meeting to determine if the candidate is qualified for a job, an internship or a volunteer opportunity. Even if a position is an unpaid internship or a volunteer position, the organization will still conduct interviews to select the best candidate(s) for the opportunity.
-Interviews can be held in-person, conducted over the phone, or conducted via video or Skype.
-Job interviews usually last from between 15 minutes to two hours.
- Most job interviews will feature questions about the candidate's work history, personality, work style and other factors relevant to the job
- It is a formal consultation usually to evaluate qualifications
- In some cases, selected candidates are offered the position after one interview. In other cases, the process is longer and may involve more interviews
What is the Purpose
of an Interview?
What is the Importance of Interviews?
-The purpose of the interview is for the company to get a good look at you. It is the company’s chance to ask you questions about your work experience and it is an opportunity to see if you would fit in with the other employees.
-Interviews are one of the most popularly used devices for employee selection.
-A job interview enables a company to learn more about an applicant, while the candidate has the opportunity to become familiar with the demands of a given position.
- to market your skills and relevant experience to the
interviewer and to evaluate the organization's appropriateness for you
- It allows the interviewer to get further information and a good look at you before making the decision of acceptance

-Job interviews can be a tense experience for the applicant and a time-consuming exercise for the hiring company. However, they play an important role in determining whether the company and candidate will make an effective match or not
-It gives the candidate an opportunity to make a good first impression
-It is important because it is the only opportunity to develop that convenient bond with the company's hiring staff that may lead to employment.
-It helps to evaluate a person's skills, capabilities and personality trait.
- it helps narrow down, select and hire the best talent to fill the job vacancy. This should ideally be a person who is focused, skilled, confident and excited.
- Interviews are important because they allow the interviewer to make clarifications about the applicant's qualifications and allows the interviewee to make additional comments in detail relevant to their qualifications
Doyle, Alison. "What Is an Interview?" <i>About Careers</i>. About.com, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. &
Family members/ friends who have done job interviews before
McQuerrey, Lisa. "Explanation About the Importance of Job Interviews." <i>Chron</i>. Hearst Newspapers, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. &
Things you should DO to prepare for an interview
Expected Interview Questions
- work experience
- skills and qualifications
- attitude towards the job
- interest, hobbies, values
- why you want the job

Difficult Interview Questions
- weaknesses
- why is there a gap in
your work history?
- tell me one thing you didn't like about your previous job

Unexpected Interview Questions
- are you lucky?
- rate me as an
- would you rather
be liked or
since these questions are very common, it is best to practice the answers to them
The key to answering these types of questions is to always stay positive.

You don't have to rush to answer unexpected questions.
Allow yourself to take some time to think.
How Your Answers Should Be
- answer in full (not a simple yes or no)
- still be clear and concise
- use examples from previous job, school or other experience
- confidence is important

- Online Websites (listed in Works Cited Slide at the end of the presentation)

- Family members who have done an interview for a job in their lifetime

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