Preparing for an interview can be nerve racking and
full of tension, but by using some of the ideas below, you can rest
assured that everything will flow more smoothly. Being prepared and
calm are the two major keys to an impressive interview. If you follow
some of the tips below you will be more collected for the interview.
The first impression that they have of you will be
your attire. It is extremely important to dress very impressive. Neat
and clean is the key to dress. If your clothes are wrinkled and your
hair is disheveled they will wonder if that is how you will show up to
the work place. Dress conservatively so as to not scare them away with
wild outfits. Muted colors of brown and black are a safe choice. Stay
away from new fashion statements and wild colors. Remove all body
piercing and cover all visible tattoos. Attire should be somewhat
dressy and appropriate to the season that you are in. Dress classy and
be confident in what you wear.
Be prepared for your interview. Bring along a copy
of your resume in case they misplaced it or if you want to follow
along while they go through it. Bring the proper picture
identification and your social security card. Make sure to be prepared
for the proper position that you are applying for. If you are a
teacher, bring your license. If you are a bricklayer, bring your card.
Forgetting things like that can unsettle the interviewer. Bring
references and any other pertinent information.
Throughout the interview smile and appear happy.
Even if you are not, it is a great idea to act cheerful. If they get
warm vibes from you, the better chance you have of impressing them.
Answer question honestly, but not too honestly. You want to be
extremely careful when they ask you questions like, "What is your
biggest downfall?" or "If you could change one thing about
yourself, what would it be?" They ask these questions to get a
better feel for your maturity level and for you self-esteem. Answer
somewhat vaguely with reference to things that you truly want to work
on. Don't bring out long responses in detail with all the terrible
things that are wrong with you.
Make sure to ask questions of your own. A good
interviewer will ask a few times throughout the interview if you have
any questions. Speak your mind and ask any questions that pop in your
head, no matter how minute they may seem. Make sure that you really
want this job also. By asking questions yourself, you can put the
interviewer on the spot also. This may settle them down and help them
to back off of you a bit. If they get a sense of what you are going
through, they will become more understanding.
Overall, an interview is a hectic time. The before
and the after is worse than during the interview. Just remember to
breathe and take things slow. Answer the questions slow, so as to
think them through and answer thoroughly.
PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW
Do you enjoy going for job interviews? Most, likely
the experience is not something that you look forward to with eager
anticipation. Most people, in fact, feel pretty scared when faced with
the prospect of the dreaded interview. Just thinking about it can make
some break out in a cold sweat. Yet, you need to go through the
interview process in order to secure a job. So, how can you survive,
even thrive at, the job interview?
The key to success is preparation. Think about what
your strengths and weaknesses are. Realistically assess these
qualities as if you were an objective outsider. This assessment will
prevent you from becoming too cocky in your job expectations. If you
are a young person entering the workforce, you should expect to start
at the bottom of the ladder. By performing your duties well and
proving yourself honest and reliable you will earn the right for
advancement. The first thing, then, is not to apply for jobs that are
beyond your current level of experience and expertise.
A golden rule to keep in mind is that first
impressions are lasting impressions. Therefore, groom yourself well
and dress professionally for the interview. Give an initial impression
that you know how to care for yourself. If applying for an office job,
dress as a business person dresses. In a factory situation, wear clean
pressed slacks and shirt with neat looking shoes. Avoid blue jeans and
sneakers. If you are a woman dress modestly and use cosmetics
Always go to an interview alone. If you bring your
mother or a friend, the employer may conclude that you are immature.
During the interview never bluff or lie about your experience. If this
is your first job, then say so. Think, however, of any experience you
may be able to mention. Baby-sitting, summer jobs, training in public
speaking are things that could be mentioned and included on your
Prior to the interview you should have done some
research on the company and the job being offered. The interviewer
will no doubt ask you specific questions about these things. Answering
well shows a sincere interest in the position being offered and a
keenness to be involved. You must convince the interviewer that you
want to do the work, that you can do it and that you want the chance
to prove it.
Be business like and formal during the interview.
Don't slouch in your chair. Look alert and interested. Think before
answering questions. Have 3 references — with complete contact
details — ready to hand over. Use proper English and speak slowly
and clearly. Listen carefully and respectfully to what the interviewer
has to say. Don't mention any personal problems to him. If it becomes
clear that you will not get the job, ask the interviewer for any
advice on how you can improve at your next interview and about any
other openings the firm may have.After the interview you should send a
brief thank you note to the interviewer.
Don't expect to get a job off your first interview.
By sticking at it, though, and taking initiative you can win that job.
Go to it.
name, title and pronunciation for all interviewers.
position for which you are interviewing.
3. Note the
location/address of the interview. Find out where to check in and if
any barriers exist.
interview schedule and agenda in advance, if possible.
the organization and/or job.
and practice for questions you may be asked.
questions you need to ask and write in note pad.
and have handy information for completing an application.
9. Pack for
the interview (briefcase or folder): extras resumes, references, pens,
company card file, note pad, tissues, mints, application information,
certificates of training and any items you were asked to bring.
conservatively and practice good grooming. Avoid heavy make-up and
Procedure of the Interview
company's application and interviewing procedures should comply with
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits
disability-related questions or medical exams before a real job offer
2. Make sure
your company's employment offices and your interviewing location(s)
are accessible to applicants with mobility, visual, hearing or
willing to make appropriate and reasonable accommodations to enable a
job applicant with a disability to present himself or herself in the
best possible light. When setting up the interview explain what the
hiring process involves and ask the individual if he or she will need
reasonable accommodations for any part of the interview process. For
example, if a person who is blind states he or she will need help
filling out forms, provide the assistance; provide an interpreter for
an applicant who is deaf, if he or she requests one; provide details
or specific instructions to applicants with cognitive disabilities, if
this type of accommodation is required.
4. Do not
let a rehabilitation counselor, social worker or other third party
take an active part in or sit in on an interview unless the applicant
5. Make sure
that all questions asked during the interview are job-related. Speak
to the essential job functions regarding the position for which the
applicant is applying, as well as why, how, where, when and by whom
each task or operation is performed. Do not ask whether or not the
individual needs an accommodation to perform these functions, because
such information is likely to reveal whether or not the individual has
a disability. This is an ADA requirement to ensure that an applicant
with a disability is not excluded before a real job offer is made.
1. Relax and
make the applicant feel relaxed. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.
At the same time, remember that candidates (particularly those
applying for professional positions) are expected to assume an equal
share of the responsibility for making your interaction with them
not speculate or try to imagine how you would perform a specific job
if you had the applicant's disability. The person with a disability
has mastered alternate techniques and skills of living and working
with his or her particular disability. If the applicant has a known
disability (either because it is obvious or was revealed by the
applicant) the employer may ask an applicant to describe how he or she
would perform a certain job function if it is an essential part of the
job. In addition, the employer may ask the individual if he or she
needs reasonable accommodations and if so what type of accommodation.
Remember, all questions should be job-related and asked in an
oncentrate on the applicant's technical and professional knowledge,
skills, abilities, experiences and interests, not on the disability.
Remember, you cannot interview a disability, hire a disability or
supervise a disability. You can interview a person, hire a person,
supervise a person.
Disability related questions and medical examinations are prohibited
under ADA at the pre- employment offer stage. After a real job offer
is made, the offer may be conditioned on the results of disability
related questions and/or medical examinations, but only if the
examination or inquiry is required for all entering employees in
similar jobs and only if all medical information is kept confidential.
Disability related questions and medical examinations at the
post-offer stage do not have to be related to the job. However, if the
offer is withdrawn, the employer must show that the individual could
not perform the essential function of the position or would pose a
testing is part of the interview process, make sure the test does not
reveal information about physical or mental impairments (i.e., make
sure it is not a medical examination.) Other tests which demonstrate
the applicant's ability to perform actual or simulated job tasks are
permitted under the ADA. Inform the applicant before the interview
that a test will be part of the interview process. The applicant can
then request an accommodation such as a different format for written
PROFILE OF PROF. DR. MUSHTAQ A. SAJID
PROF. DR. MUSHTAQ A. SAJID joined
SZABIST — Islamabad Campus as Head Faculty of Management Sciences on
July 18, 2001 (Currently, A/Director). Prof. Dr. Mushtaq A. Sajid is
one of the seniors most faculty members having more than 18 years of
teaching and research experience. Prior to join SZABIST he was serving
as Chairman, Department of Business Administration, Director Students
Affairs and the Chief Editor of "Management Scenario" at
University College of Administrative Sciences Kotli, Azad Jammu &
Kashmir University. Dr Sajid is a graduate of the prestigious
university of the Punjab from where he obtained MA Economics and MBA
In view of his excellent academic and competitive
performance, he was awarded a Scholarship for higher studies by the
University Grant Commission now Higher Education Commission, and he
earned both master and doctoral degrees from the Center for Management
Excellence Strathclyde University, Glasgow (UK) and received special
awards for his excellent performance in his doctoral programme in the
field of human resource management.