Job Interview Process

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JOB INTERVIEW PROCESS

Job interview is defined as a meeting in which company executives/managers and/or hiring specialists ask you questions to see if you are suitable for a job. The first interview aims to dig deeper into candidate’s adaptability to company culture. At this stage, the verbal communication and body language used by the candidates is quite important and it should show a certain parallelism with the company values and job requirement so that you can make the interview go really well. First impression has an undeniable effect on the course that the interview will take and it would definitely help you ace your interview and land the job you want. How to make a first good impression?

 

Job interview helps the candidate form an opinion about the employer, such as;

  • Company’s work ethic,
  • Job description and preferences,
  • Work environment,
  • HR practices,

 

EVALUATE THE POSITION

After thoroughly examining the requirements of the job, make sure they match your skills and abilities. The requirements are generally listed in job postings, company’s website or they will be provided to you by the employer during the interview.

When researching the company before the interview, you should take note of the following:

* Organizational structure

* Name of the employer

* Name of the department you are interested in

* Products and/or services provided by the company

* Training programs offered by the company

* Size of the company

* Does the company meet your career expectations for the future?

* Company’s level of industry experience

* Company’s customer range

* Company’s historical growth rates and their future growth potential

* Job title & description

* New products or services developed by the company (if there are any)

* Other benefits provided by the company (in addition to the ones required by law)

 

During the interview, you can use the information you collected and easily answer all the questions. But, there is one thing you should be very careful about: Act natural and be honest.

When you are called for an interview, your employer will ask you questions regarding the information you provided in your résumé. Therefore, we suggest you to take a one last look at your CV before interviewing. Plus, don’t forget to bring an extra copy of your résumé with you.

Asking questions at the interview might help you learn more about the company and the position. Also, preparing questions beforehand plays a key role in your interview success.

 

  1. INTERVIEW CONTENT:

Below you will find interview content common to all jobs:

  • Candidate’s educational and professional background
  • His/her personality/behavior
  • Accumulation of knowledge
  • Skills and abilities
  • Academic achievements and career goals

 

  1. LENGTH OF INTERVIEW

It may vary according to the type of interview, number of candidate and the nature of company’s hiring process.

 

III. DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTERVIEW

 

  1. BEHAVIORAL / COMPETENCE-BASED INTERVIEW

Competence in professional life can be defined as types of behavior that employees need to adopt in time so as to achieve professional success, make a difference, in other words, demonstrate high performance at work. Behavioral / Competence-Based Interviews mostly focus on candidate’s behavior, personality, and character in order to determine his/her potential for success.

  • Candidate’s previous performance in similar environments or situation is examined so as to be able to have an idea about his/her future performance,
  • It requires a detailed, case-based reasoning.

 

  1. CONVENTIONAL INTERVIEW

In Conventional Interviews, interviewer asks open-ended and situation-dependent questions, such as; “What would you do if…?”

 

  1. PANEL INTERVIEW

In Panel Interviews, competence-based and conventional interviews can be conducted jointly. There is a panel consisting of multiple interviewers. Each member of the panel take turns in asking questions. These members are selected from among the HR department or executives of the department seeking a team member, depending on company’s hiring policy.

 

  1. GROUP INTERVIEW

Group Interviews usually contain Q & A sessions and case study for candidates to discuss with their interviewers, followed by a company overview presentation. Each session of the interview is attended by multiple candidates. In these sessions, candidates’ behaviors are observed comparatively. Candidates are also assessed in terms of outfit, the way they treat each other and interpersonal communication skills (including body language).

 

  1. COMPETENCIES EMPLOYERS SEEK

There are two important sources that can help you form an opinion about the competencies (personal skills and qualities) employers want. First, company’s website, and the second is company’s job posting. If you think your skills and qualities match the “Competencies” part described in the posting, you may consider yourself to have achieved 50% success rate for the first stage of the interview.

Overall, employers are looking for the following qualities in candidates:

  • Analytic thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Self-confidence and motivation
  • Teamwork ability and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional aptitude
  • Planning
  • Leadership and ability to take action proactively
  • Flexibility (ability to work under pressure and uncertainty)

 

  1. SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Group Interviews usually contain Q & A sessions and case study for candidates to discuss with their interviewers, followed by a company overview presentation.

  • Why should we hire you?
  • What has been your greatest gain during your internship/employment at ….?
  • What has been your greatest professional achievement during your internship/employment at ….?
  • Describe a situation where your coworkers disagreed with your decision.
  • What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
  • What’s your biggest failure so far and what did you learn from it?
  • What type of people do you find it difficult to work with?
  • What are your strengths?
  • Tell me about a time when you successfully completed a project with coworkers. What was your role in the project?
  • Give an example of a time where you had to handle multiple tasks.
  • Describe a time when you effectively expressed your ideas and opinions. What was your idea? What was the result? What would you do differently if you were faced with the same situation again?
  • What was the biggest challenge you ever had to overcome at work? How did you deal with it?
  • Give an example of a time where you had to make a quick decision so as to get out of a difficult situation or avoid a potential problem.

 

  1. WHAT TO DO DURING AN INTERVIEW
  • Be on time, which means “10 minutes before the scheduled meeting time”.
  • Introduce yourself to the receptionist.
  • Stay calm while waiting for the interviewer to show up. Read company brochures/booklets on the table while waiting for your interview.
  • Shake hands with everyone in the interview room.
  • Do not bring too many items to a job interview. A briefcase and/or a pen and a notepad would be more than enough.
  • Make strong eye contact.
  • Use your body language to show that you are sincere and interested.
  • Speak slowly and be articulate.
  • Be confident. If you have a social personality, emphasize it during the interview.
  • Be honest. If your interviewer is being hostile, try to remain calm and confident.
  • Thank the interviewer at the end of the interview and shake his/her hand.
  • Wait for the right time to ask questions, be polite. Do not bring up salary early in the hiring process.

 

VII. QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK DURING AN INTERVIEW

  • What is the vision and mission of your organization?
  • What is size of the department you want to hire me for?
  • Can you tell me about your ongoing and upcoming projects as a department?
  • What is your employee turnover rate?
  • How long has your most senior employee been working at your company?
  • What type of orientation/training is provided to new employees?
  • How often do you conduct performance reviews?
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