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Are You Sure You’re Ready for that Interview? September 3, 2008

Posted by dapinoyemployee in Handling Interviews.
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An interview can work in your favor or knock you off the shortlist.  If you’re being called in for an interview, make sure you truly are armed and ready.  Here are some more tips to make sure you ace that interview and land that job:


Understand the job and be able to match your skills to it.
The job title alone should give you an idea of what the job will require.  Now the question is, do you have the right set of skills that are sufficient for that job? 

Make a list of the possible responsibilities a person landing that job may need and then compare them to your list of skills and personal characteristics.  Are you sufficiently covered?  If you lack skills and experience in certain key areas, do you have other skills and experience that will more than make up for it?

You’ll need to understand how well your skills match the job title and description.  This is so you can present yourself to your potential employer as the best person – the person they should hire.  If you have no idea why you even deserve to have the job, forget it.  Your interviewer will be able to tell. 

Think up good, honest answers to possible interview questions.
It’s best to anticipate certain interview questions.  If you’ve gone through interviews before, you probably have a good idea of what the interviewer will ask.  If you’re a beginner, here are some of the most common interview questions you might have to answer, so be prepared:

– What are your qualifications?  Or what makes you the best candidate for this position?
– What were your responsibilities in your former job?
– Why do you want to be hired for this job?
– What are your strengths and weaknesses?
– How do you handle certain situations?
– What do you know about our company?

And yes, there’s the undying interview staple, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ 

To make sure that you have the best possible answers for interview questions, study your resume carefully.  Identify the most important aspects and responsibilities of your job and how you were able to perform them.  Then identify your personal qualities, skills and training. 

You might also want to determine what type of future career you want to be involved in.  Most interviewers will ask you what your future plans are to see whether you’re a good fit for the company.

Prepare your questions.
Most of us view interviews as a way to get questioned.  Actually, it’s that and more.  An interview is also an opportunity for you to take a peek at your potential employer and if all goes well, your future workplace. 

Instead of just focusing on the possible questions you might be asked by the interviewer, spend some time preparing questions you might want to ask.  Look at it this way: you want to know what you’re getting into, so you need to learn about the job and what it entails.  You’ll also want to learn about the work environment, its culture, its people and yes, its rewards.

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