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;
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.
Below you will find interview content common to all jobs:
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
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.
In Conventional Interviews, interviewer asks open-ended and situation-dependent questions, such as; “What would you do if…?”
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.
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).
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:
Group Interviews usually contain Q & A sessions and case study for candidates to discuss with their interviewers, followed by a company overview presentation.
VII. QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK DURING AN INTERVIEW