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A job interview is similar in many ways to a social conversation, but it requires more than just conversational skills. How well you do in a job interview will depend on how well you can articulate your achievements and qualifications as they relate to what the employer wants. Let’s consider next what employers are looking for in a job interview and what your main objective should be…

WHAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR

WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR IN AN EMPLOYER

A Job Offer; this is your number one goal! You are not interviewing to evaluate the company (this should have been done before you get to interview); you are interviewing to see if you are good enough to get a job offer. An undecided or tentative attitude has no place at interview; leaving an employer with the impression that you are just shopping around is a fatal mistake.

Preparing For The Interview

TYPES OF INTERVIEW

Interviews can be very formal and structured. Some of the questions will be formulated to uncover your past behavioural patterns and will be rather rapid in pace. Questions can also be informal and conversational, such that the pieces of your background will be uncovered in a more random way. Let the interviewer set the tone and match your style with theirs.

First Contact - Your initial greeting should include a firm handshake, an enthusiastic hello, and lots of eye contact, followed by an introduction of yourself.

The Ice Breaker - In most interviews, there is a short interval before getting down to business, which is filled with small talk. Respond with enthusiastic and pleasant answers to remarks and questions.

The Interview

Closing The Interview

THE INTERVIEW