Did you know...
the interview is a mutual exchange of information between
an employer and a candidate for a position.
(Cited from www.cdm.uwaterloo.ca)
- To provide information about your skills, experience
and other relevant data that is not in your resume.
- To develop a rapport and establish a good sense
of character with the interviewers.
- To reveal how you articulate your knowledge about
- To permit the employer an opportunity to assess
your attitudes in terms of the companys philosophy, goals,
objectives and needs.
- To determine if you are the right match
for the position.
- To give you an opportunity to assess the employer
and position by obtaining other information about the position.
An interview conducted over the telephone. It may be one on one
or it could be much like a conference call with two or three interviewers
asking questions. If this is a surprise, ask the person to call
back in 15 minutes. This will allow you to update yourself on certain
aspects of the position.
One on One Interview
This is where there is one interviewer speaking with one candidate.
Panel or Board Interview
This is done with two or more persons. Keep good eye contact with
the person asking questions but remember to look at the others as
Every person is asked the same questions. The interviewers write
down the answers given and then compare each answer when the interviews
Sometimes after the first interview, the interviewers short-list
candidates for the position. They then bring back x
number of candidates for a more in depth interview and/or perhaps
to have the candidate perform tasks that will prove their competence
for the position.
- Be Prepared!
- Know your worth and value and relate how you would
benefit the employer.
- Review your resume and cover letter to keep abreast
of how you communicated the information that got you the interview.
- Express your accomplishments, desire and commitment
- Be clear about how you have updated your skills
and acquired experience in the field of work whether it be through
success or challenging efforts.
- Be familiar with the organization that you have
applied to and what they are all about. This way you will be
better informed as to how to answer their questions.
- Be prepared for all types of questions, the purpose
behind them and how you will answer them.
- Dress appropriately. Wear what people wear on
the job to fit the position.
- Be clean and neat.
- Use the motto BE PREPARED
Be on Time:
Be Friendly and Courteous
About 10 15 minutes early
It reduces anxiety
Be friendly and courteous to everyone
Review and develop questions that may be asked and prepare answers
for them so that you are ready to answer in a comfortable confident
Demonstrate a positive attitude.
The tone in which you answer questions is as important as what you
Be sure not to talk too much. 50% is a good rule.