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How to pass any job interview

Updated on May 7, 2014

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Ace that job interview

How to ace that job interview

The first and most important question you should ask yourself before trying to get a job is are you employable, do you have the right credential for the position you seek, or are you a pretender, do you have adequate academic qualifications?

Answering these all important questions should be the first step while searching for the truth about your enjoyability. May be you can bluff your way through an interview or they employ you and you find yourself ill equipped. Taking the right job and doing the right interviews already gives you an advantage over other job seekers.

So you have a very good university degree have work tirelessly at your studies and need the crowning up of a high paying job, but the reality is that many people have degrees even better than yours. Many have toiled and burnt the midnight oil, so getting a job is not textbook, finish college then get employed.

Like every thing in life it needs dedication planning and insight, you academic credentials alone cannot get you that dream job. Consider a job interview where over 100 people are vying for 10 positions, that is only 1/10 will have a chance at employment but the statistic drops even further if someone within the establishment has a preferred candidate such as a relative.

Over the tears I have taken several interviews and examinations where a large number of people are in attendance sometimes running into hundreds, I have faced interview panels of seven people behind one desk and I must say with all humility I cannot remember any that I did not sail through.

Not because I was better than the rest but because I was simply my self. In some interviews when they asked questions I did not know the answerer s I simply told then I had no idea. Experts say many job seekers don't take into consideration several factors like punctuality.

The management might be discretely timing applicants as they arrive for interviews, consider such a scenario whereby you are adequately qualified and you arrive after several candidates had finished their interview and gone. A company taking into account punctuality will disqualify you even before granting you an audience.

Research; Do your home work on any company you wish to work for, it is not enough to acknowledge the blue chip rating of the company and imaging the fat salary you stand to make but knowing their back ground is important.

what is their corporate strategy, management structure, achievements desire and wants, who are their competitors and want are you bringing to the table if employed, these are very serious considerations before going for an interview.

Adaptability; Be very adaptable because no matter the amount of preparation there is no cut and set rule, anything can happen in a conference room. You might find your self confronting an angry interviewer out of no fault of yours could he might have domestic problems or other personal issue.

All you can do is make the most of the hand dealt, be patient cautious and maybe reach some synergy with the person.

Leadership consideration; What will you do if an interviewer already sees you as a potential treat to his job, could be he’s just hanging by a thread, being honest without any airs might reduce the hostility You can't beat your self up because of an unreasonable Peron, do your best and leave the rest. You might be surprised that the same person would be the one that recommends you for that job.

How to pass any job interview

Your Personality

Your personality is one of the most important reasons may people fail to get their dream jobs, what ever situation you find your self you must put up you best behavior during interviews. They would at all times during an interview try to rattle you with unexpected questions.

They would study your reaction, body language, the way you dress, how you respond and immediately form options on what they think you are all about. Mind you they may be totally wrong, but consider this it took you several years to decide on a particular person as a best friend. What influenced your decision was compatibility.

The same applies for business organizations they what compatibility, you should be be compatible and fit in with their business image to sail through one stage of an interview. Look at the dress culture what are their staff wearing and on that day dress appropriately and put up a pleasant forbearance.

Dress code; as explained your dress code is important as a first impression to the interviewer, don’t go over the top but dress appropriately, if you attend an interview with sappy cloths or nice cloths not compatible with their image they may not see you in the role they want. Dress appropriately not over the top or understated find a balance between the two.

Neutral colors work best with a splash of color, skirt suits, white shirts on nice skirts, and simple suits for men or clean well cut shirts with neat pants. A good mid range wrist watch would do nicely. Imagine wearing an expensive watch and the interviewer cannot afford such luxury that alone would be a negative strike out of jealousy.

Resume; Your resume should be carefully thought out before tendering it for appraisal be formal and insightful, list places or degrees you have in a matter of fact way without any embellishment. The more experience you have the better your chances. If you have changed jobs to frequently this might become a focal point in you interview.

They would be interested in why the frequent changes, and if when employed you are therefor the long haul. They would not what to hire you and in two years to start looking for another replacement or job search.

Considerations when looking for a job

the company
academic qualifications
promotion prospects
company profile
retirement plan

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Understanding the companies need

The company has an identity that dictates’ its cooperate social responsibility, is it a family owned or family oriented establishment. Does it favor young driven achievers, forceful marketers, team players.

Individual brilliance or total commitment to their product or services what ever identity characterizes the organization you wish to work for you must first decipher what makes then tick. Knowing this gives you an added edge over you fellow candidates. Position yourself to fit into their ideals and you already have a foot in the door to become one of the family.

Identify with the interviewer

If you can find a common ground during the interview process and there is a connection as an individual and not part of the crowd you stand a better chance at success. Discreetly study the person and try to decipher what he or she likes, does she have family portraits all over the office.

Understanding the character behind the face and making a connection is a very big step to getting that job. Over the years I have developed a keen sense of reading people on the streets. I can almost tell accurately every thing about them just by the clothes they wear, the way the walk, talk and interact with the world around them.

Intelligence Agents and writers have developed this skill to an act, why not do the same. You can use this gift of observation to good use.

Be interactive

That is the main purpose of an interview they have seen your credentials already but they want to see the face behind the numbers. Be bold and don’t only answer question ask your own within reason, talk in a matter of fact way don’t just reel out answers with some of your personality coming through.

Show some excitement and a lot of enthusiasm. Answer truthful and as best as you can. Let them make up their minds that you have something new to bring to the table. Job interviews are not about putting people through uncomfortable positions but by finding the right candidate that they needed for that particular position.

When going for an interview don't view it as a stress based process but as a platform to announce your presence to the organization. It took me some time to realize that examinations are merely to test your knowledge of the subject matter.

Examinations are not ment to fail the student but to find out what he or she knows, after discovering this universal truth I found myself eager and excited at take any test. While others are apprehensive or frightened I fell excited, especially when I have done my home work and prepared well for it.

Wages are important

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About your wages and salary

Some time the interviewer wants to know what type of salary scale you want, this is a trick question because if you call something bellow what they are willing to pay then they may feel you are not what they need. But if you call something higher they may feel you are greedy, Issue of salary should be left until you get employed.

Believe me they already have a salary structure and know what they pay. So if confronted with this question tactfully dodge the bullet. Sidestep the query because there is no satisfactory answer.

Be Employable

Are you employable depends on what you can bring to the party, your assets knowledge of the job requirements and skill or training is the parameter that judges your employ ability. Company’s select new employees based generally on their skill and attributes.

What added benefit would you have on the companies daily functions is what companies seek. Knowledge of the market place in which you are going to operate is your greatest advantage over your fellow candidates.

Even if you do not possess adequate knowledge you can brush up on it before going for the interview. Understand other external issues like micro economic demand, job placement levels, politics rules of employer’s recruitment behavior and other factors should be considered.

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Pitfalls and traps

The interviewer my try to find out negative things about you with clever wordings, don’t fall for it always give yourself confident reviews, the reason they do this is to see the man behind the faced. It is not malicious but to test if you get rattled easily, someone lacking in confidence might fall apart.

No matter what he say he does not know you and is only trying to form a picture of what makes you tick. Talk in terms of can and not can’t, resist any impulse to deviate from the subject matter of getting the job.

Embrace technology

I wonder how you intent getting the job when basic skill like using a computer becomes an issue, embrace new technology so as to enhance your employ ability without knowledge of new technology you can kiss that job interview goodbye.

Companies are competitive and they have no choice but to leverage on technology to remain relevant as an employee, knowledge of changing technological trends is a most. Companies are not stagnant they change with time, be flexible adaptable and employable.

If you do not get hired after all of the above don’t be discouraged use every experience to improve on you employ-ability by improving on your technique and get that top job today.

Job skill versus Qualification


So you have the qualification but what skills do you possess, do you have lifetime skills, opportunity awareness, are you a natural leader, team player or transition skills can work for several years in the same position with the view of promotion. I read somewhere the life history of a top general manager of one of the largest blue chip companies around and was surprised to find that the man started his carrier as a clerk.

where he rose through the ranks to become the managing director. He is now retired but had stayed in the same job for 40 years. The man had acquired all the skill and inside knowledge of the working of that company more than any one and can do the top job better than him.

What are you career goals

Knowing your career goals is important because it is one of the frequently asked question in job interviews, knowing the persons ambition or lack is a pointer to what the person is capable of achieving. In the job market women have found this question frustrating because most women need to start a family before menopause so some organizations have to take this into consideration

In the past woman struggled with gaining full employment but employees of today have found the dedication of women out ways their so called disadvantage and are very eager to hire women if they are qualified.

Truth or lies

Stressing your good attributes is expected at interviews, but re frame from embellishments overemphasis on qualification and lies. Always try to be truthful as best you can. Prepare you CV along these lines and you may include commendations, awards you have received in the cause of your previous employer.

No matter your experience there is room for improvement and unhands training. Most companies invest heavily on training their staff what you need to achieve is first get that job.


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      Let 3 years ago

      This is a very informative article. Thank you! I also want to share the book I read that I got from amazon,,

      he provide tools for an interviewer to like and need you, even you are just an average people or the other way around. I hope this will also help other people too.

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      femi 3 years ago from Nigeria

      Finding the right job is business and applicants need all the help they can get.

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