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Interview Technique
The purpose of improving your interview technique is to provide you with a powerful weapon in your career search. Many people come out of an interview feeling that they did not perform as well as they could have or were not provided with the opportunity to shine. To gain interview success you must master four critical skills:
  Arrow You must be able to demonstrate your skills and expertise verbally and within a limited time scale.  
  Arrow You must respond openly and answer every question fully while attempting to cite examples in the process.  
  Arrow You must be able to handle any objections that are put towards you.  
  Arrow You may have to justify your salary expectations.  
Some time spent preparing will benefit you a great deal. By knowing what to expect, you will be more confident and in control during your interview.
Always ensure you have the following information:
  Arrow The name and position of the person conducting the interview.  
  Arrow The company name, address and telephone number.  
  Arrow Directions for how to ge to the companies location!  
  Arrow The format of the interview and if you will be performing any tests?  
  Arrow The likely length of the interview so you can leave yourself plenty of time.  
Have a good knowledge of the company and the job. Your recruiter will provide you with the necessary information, but personal effort will greatly benefit and enhance your credibility as well as reinforce your interest.
There are a number of sources through which to access client information:
  Arrow Resource Point  
  Arrow Internet Browsing  
  Arrow Yellow pages or trade press  
  Arrow Call the company to obtain general company information  
  Arrow Business section of the local library  
Useful information to find out:
  Arrow What the company does  
  Arrow Size of the organization  
  Arrow Current Turnover  
  Arrow Is it part of a larger group and where does company originate  
  Arrow Industry type and its place in the market  
Most companies will expect both men and women to wear a suit. Also wearing a suit shows respect for the client. Dressing smart and conservatively is the safest option.
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First impressions
  Arrow Firm Hand Shake (not too vigorous!)  
  Arrow SMILE!  
  Arrow Eye Contact  
  Arrow Arrive around 5-10 minutes early - allow yourself plenty of time.  
  Arrow Create a good impression with the receptionist - they are sometimes called on for feedback.  
  Arrow If you are asked to complete the company application form, do not appear irritated and write 'resume' on sections. Instead provide a brief summary.  
  Arrow Remain calm and confident if kept waiting; there is likely to be a very good reason.  
  Arrow Most of all, relax and try not to worry.  
The interview
  Arrow Do not slouch or fidget with pens or business cards if you are given one.  
  Arrow Maintain eye contact with the interviewer; try to do so with all interviewers if there is more than one.  
  Arrow Do not smoke or eat, but do accept tea or coffee if you want it.  
  Arrow Always remain positive. Do not give negative responses regarding previous employers or positions.  
  Arrow Think about your key strengths and weaknesses as this is a popular question.  

Always ask at least one question; it is a perfect opportunity to clarify any queries. Your previous preparation will aid you in formulating possible questions relating to the company such as the structure of the department and opportunities for progression.

  Arrow Know what is on your resume. If you cannot remember details, the interviewer may have doubts regarding authenticity.  
  Arrow Thank them for their time, and if you are interested in the position, do not be afraid to say this.  
If you are unsure by the end of the interview whether the position is for you, try to remain interested and enthusiastic. Another role within the same company may arise at a later date, and people who came across well at interview are often remembered.
Interview Testing
Interview testing is becoming a more and more popular option with employers. They tend to come in two different forms.
Personality Tests
These tests come in the form of a written questionnaire asking for your views regarding different hypothetical situations. You are asked to decide which option suits you best. From your answers, they can formulate a profile on your likes, dislikes, strengths & weaknesses. Due to the subjective nature of these tests, they are seldom used as the sole criteria for interview success.
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Ability and Aptitude Tests
Aptitude or intelligence tests measure a person's potential ability after training. These can include written verbal or numerical tests. Even though testing is becoming popular, the majority of organizations still rely on qualifications and previous experience to judge aptitude.
Panel Interviews
Do not be distressed if faced with a number of people in a panel interview situation. They tend to specialize in different areas and often include a representative from personnel. This person may ask more general questions leaving more specialized questions for line managers from the relevant department.
Acknowledge all members of the panel with eye contact at some stage while focusing on the person asking the question. If possible, try to remember the names of the people who are interviewing you.
Second Interviews
Second interviews are a good sign that your performance at first interview has been impressive. At this stage you will have the opportunity to get a more detailed idea about the company and role.
You may be able to obtain more information regarding the structure of the organization and more detail regarding the project. You may also be given the opportunity to meet the people you will be working with.
Second interviews are also an excellent opportunity to clarify any concerns you may have by asking questions.
For some positions, you may be asked to give a presentation. This is a means by which the interviewer can gauge your communication skills as well as your ability to present your ideas.
Typical Questions
A common fear in interview is being asked a difficult question and your mind going blank. If this happens, the best advice would be to keep calm.
Interviews are often structured in a particular way in order to assess the suitability of applicants. Therefore, some questions can often be anticipated, and if you have a general idea of what may be asked you can prepare a few responses or ideas beforehand.
  Arrow What would be your ideal job? Describe it.  
  Arrow What do you know about our company?  
  Arrow What was the biggest challenge at your last job?  
  Arrow What immediate contributions can you make?  
  Arrow What was your most rewarding experience? Tell me about it.  
  Arrow Why do you want this job?  
  Arrow Tell me about yourself.  
  Arrow What motivates you?  
  Arrow How do you motivate your team?  
  Arrow What are your greatest weaknesses?  
  Arrow Give me an example of when you overcame adversity?  
  Arrow Do you work well under pressure? Give an example.  
  Arrow What are your long and short range goals?  
  Arrow Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?  
  Arrow What have you done that shows initiative?  
  Arrow Define co-operation.  
  Arrow Why are you looking to move?  
  Arrow What does success mean to you?  
  Arrow What experience have you had in leadership positions?  
  Arrow What is your management philosophy?  
  Arrow How do you set priorities?  
  Arrow What type of work environment do you work best in?  
  Arrow If you were recruiting someone for this position, what would you be looking for?  
  Arrow What do you think it takes to make progress in a good company?  
  Arrow How would your references describe you?  
  Arrow What is the last thing you want me to remember about you?  
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Interview Feedback
Following your interview, it is important to thoroughly brief your recruiter on your thoughts regarding how the interview went as well as on whether you are interested in the position or if you have any specific reservations.

Your recruiter will be able to help with any queries you have. It is also useful to have your feedback on the company for our own records, so we can advise other people what to expect for future positions.
In conclusion, remain calm and focused. You have already impressed us and you have impressed the company with your resume. Your recruiter will also have briefed them on your individual qualities and ambitions. Finding the right position for you is our main goal, and by working together we can do this successfully.