The interview is in fact the most crucial part of any job search.
During the interview you will have a chance to demonstrate your job skills, your personal strengths and self-confidence. While being interviewed you'll want to show the employer that you know about their products and/or services as well as specific details about their history and organization.
Furthermore you should take the opportunity to show that you'll fit well with the responsibilities of the job and with the culture of the employer.
In any case the key to success in an interview is PREPARATION.
Preparation means you'll be:
- Dressed appropriately (Professional business attire)
- Knowledgeable about the employer's operations (DO YOUR RESEARCH)
- Able to explain and defend your skills
- Prepared to show your enthusiasm for the job/career
What SKILLS employers are looking for:
- Communication skills - listening, verbal, written
- Analytical skills - able to assess a situation, see multiple perspectives
- Computer/Technical Literacy
- Organizational skills - able to manage priorities
- Interpersonal abilities -be able to relate to your co workers, mitigate conflict
- Problem Solving/Reasoning/Creativity - ability to find solutions to problems
- Adaptability/Flexibility - deals with new ideas, can work in a team or independent
What VALUES employers are looking for:
- Honesty/Integrity/Morality - employers are looking for trustworthy employees
- Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness - must be sensitive and respectful of all cultures
- Excellent work ethic/tenacity - employers love employees who love what they do and will not give up until the problem is solved
- Dependability/Responsibility - arrive at work on time, take responsibility for actions
- Positive Attitude - someone who exudes enthusiasm in their actions and words
- Professionalism - maturity, sense of self confidence
Skills and Values list from Quintessential Careers. www.quintcareers.com
- Telephone (your interview may start when the employer calls you to set up the initial in-person interview)
- Group interviews that include 3 to 10 job candidates
- Panel interview with more than one interviewer asking questions
Styles of Interviews
- Traditional Interview usually has open-ended questions….Tell me about yourself...
- Performance or Behavioral Based Interview...employer asks you to "to tell a story" about some aspect of your past performance as it relates to an aspect of the new position.