Surviving The Interview

Tuesday, June 05, 2012    

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FOR the past two weeks we have been giving you advice on how to be successful in getting your summer job.

Last week, we discussed the interview process but we want to give you thorough advice on how to represent yourself and be impressive. We would like to break down this advice into two spheres — before and after the interview.

Before the interview there are two things you should do. Firstly, you should gather information about the company and the job that you are applying for.

Taking this initiative will allow you to respond to questions in accordance with the aims and objectives of the company while showing that you take the position seriously.

In knowing about the job ahead of time, you will be able to market yourself and, more importantly, your skills in such a way that would be in alignment with your prospective employer's expectations.

Secondly, if you are someone who gets nervous, you should practice being in an interview setting. In order for this practice to be productive, there are some features that you must adhere to.

These include the fact that the interviewer should be someone who is serious and critical and that the questions should be a mixture of open and closed questions.

With your research you should be able to pick questions that would be asked specifically about the nature of the job you are applying for. This process is to help you get comfortable with the interview setting but one must be careful to not overprepare and end up sounding too rehearsed.

Preparation and paying keen attention to detail can bring bring you success doing the interview. Upon entering the interview room, be sure to acknowledge everyone in the room and wait to be directed to take a seat.

Ensure that your posture is straight with your hands in your lap and not folded. Body language is one of the chief communicators in an interview setting, so it is important that yours communicates confidence and respect for the situation.

When greeted and invited to introduce yourself or to answer personal questions for introduction purposes, do so in a succinct and professional manner. When answering questions in general, be sure to keep eye contact with your interviewer and also with anyone else in the room in the event that there is a panel of interviewers.

If you have to gesticulate, please keep it to a minimum as it may be distracting to the interviewer/s and it will detract from your response.

One of the things that can make or break an interview is when you are asked if you have any questions for them. These questions should be taken very seriously as the right question can salvage or make your interview even more impressive.

This is where research on the company will come in handy and show initiative on your part. Ensure that your questions are sensible and indicate your interest.

In conclusion, TEENage would like to leave you with some food for thought. Consider the fact that the interview is your opportunity to justify and reinforce how you represent yourself through your resumé and cover letter.

Involvement in an interview should be as natural and comfortable as possible.

You should take your time when responding to the questions and be as clear and confident as possible.

TEENage wishes you the best in your preparation and endeavours. Remember that you get out what you put in.



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