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Successful job interview - Key points to follow

Updated on July 1, 2017

“The Resume gets you the interview; the interview gets you the job.” As per this old saying the job interview offers you an opportunity to gather more information about the organization and at the same time the organization is allowed to gather more information about you. You need to present your best self at the interview.

The interview process is discussed here in three parts; before the interview, the interview itself and after the interview. If you successfully pass through these three stages you will be called back by the organization.

Before the Interview

In preparing for the interview you should follow the points given here:

  • You should understand that interviewers have diverse styles such as interrogation style of question after question, “chitchat” style, tough probing “why, why, why” style, “let us get to know each other” style etc. Therefore you must be ready for any of these styles.
  • You may practice with a friend being interviewed and then ask for a critique. Alternatively you can record yourself in a practice interview on a video camera so that you can critique your own performance.
  • You can prepare at least five good questions whose answers are not easily found in the company literature, web sites etc. For example “What is the future direction of the firm?”, How does the firm differentiate itself from competitors.”, “Do you have a new media division?”.
  • Anticipate possible interview questions such as “Why do you want to work for this company?” or “Why should we hire you?. You must prepare solid answers for these questions before the interview. Have a clear idea of why you are interested in joining this company and the industry to which it belongs.
  • As much as possible you must avoid back-to-back interviews. They can be exhausting and it is unpredictable how long it will last.
  • Dress professionally and conservatively. You must be neat and clean at the interview.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early to the venue and collect your thoughts and review the major points you intend to cover. Always be courteous and polite to the office staff.
  • You should approach the interview enthusiastically and let your personality shine through.

During the Interview

  • As you enter the room you must shake hands firmly in greeting the interviewer and introduce yourself. Focus on creating a good initial impression.
  • Remember to keep you poise, relax, smile when appropriate and be upbeat throughout.
  • You must maintain eye contact, good posture and speak distinctly. Do not clasp your hands or fiddle with jewelry, hair or clothing. Sir comfortably in your chair. Do not smoke even if asked.
  • Carry extra copies of your resume with you. Bring samples of your academic or professional work.
  • Present your selling points and answer question directly. Avoid answers with one word or two words.
  • Let the interviewer take the initiative but do not be passive. Find an opportunity to direct the conversation to things about yourself that you want the interviewer to hear.
  • To end on high note, make your most important point or ask your most pertinent question during the last part of the interview.
  • Do not hesitate to close the interview in a descent way such as “I am very interested in the position and I have enjoyed the interview.”
  • Obtain the interviewer’s business card or address and phone number so that you can follow up later.

After the Interview

  • After you leave the interview, record the key points that arose.  Be sure to note who is to follow up and when a decision can be expected.
  • Analyze the interview objectively including the questions asked, the answers to them, your overall interview presentation and the interviewer’s responses to specific points.
  • If you do not hear within the specified time, depending on the circumstances you may call the interviewer to determine your status

Follow up

You will be invited to visit the organization if you are successful at the interview. The in-company interview may run from several hours to an entire day. The organization will examine your interest, maturity, enthusiasm, assertiveness, logic and functional knowledge. Here, you must ask questions about issues of importance to you. Find out about the working environment, job role, responsibilities, opportunity for advancement, current industrial issues and the company’s personality. The company wants to discover if you are the right person for the job, whereas you want to find out if it is the right job for you. The key is to determine if the right fit exists between you and the company.

Wish you all the very best!

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      Girdhari Lal 5 years ago

      Be puntual, comfertable cloth's wear & eye-contact.

      don't ask your sallary.

      if take water, not collcet bottel your hand.

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      Sandhya.K 5 years ago

      Indeed a very helpful and guiding article... I Liked the discussion that followed too...

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      Jonathan Christian 5 years ago

      Thank u very much 4 this wonderful tip. It has really boost my morale to face the parnel 2morow. It's really nice.

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      arun7086 6 years ago

      hi...actually i'm havin a seminar on this would be grateful if i have a good conclusion....plz help me...many thanks :)

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      ajay rawat 6 years ago

      it,s vary good to prepair your self for the interview

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks Gajanis786 for your comments.

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      gajanis786 7 years ago

      Good hub....nice information....

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks Diana for stopping by and making a nice comment.

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      diana 7 years ago

      this hub is quite useful and almost including all will be referred in an interview~

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Daleamo, Thanks for your comments and appreciations. It will be better for you to collect some information about their competitors as well. See what they are lacking in comparison to their competitors and how they can improve and also about their plus points over the competitors and how they can maintain them or improve them. These things will be helpful for you at the interview on Thursday, 28th October 2010. And wish you all the very best at the interview.

      I guess, you are not a member of HubPages. Why don't you join HubPages when you come back after the interview. I am sure you will be able to contribute a lot to the HubPages community with the experience that you will gain as a Consultant to the new Company.

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      Daleamo 7 years ago

      Hi LasanthaW,

      I have an interview this thursday for a postion as a consultant, this is quite a bit higher status than my current position, however I did not apply for this as they contacted me. They got a recommendation for me thru a recruitment company from my past employment. I have had previous interviews of varied styles, however your tips and advice have helped me regain a little confidence ahead of the big day. I have researched the company well and armed myself with some good constructive questions.

      Thanks again, and well done on a good hub!

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Rose, Thanks for your comments.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Good info thanks. Very needs this.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks Lady_E for your visit.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the useful tips.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks Nikitha for stopping by and making a comment.

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      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      very informative hub!

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Sandyspider, thanks for your comments.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have been laid off for two years. This is really going to come in handy.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Yeah. The interviewer should be able to write many short notes just by looking at how he or she opens the door and comes inside the room and sits down. Interviewer should act like an astrologer to a certain extent. Even before the person arrives for the interview, the interviewer may get some good ideas about the person from his signature. I use to do that. I always get the interviewees to write something on the overleaf of the CV in their own hand writing at least his name and address. From hand writing and the signature, you can tell something about his or her abilities of work organizing and planning, neatness of work, leadership qualities etc.

      Thanks Izettl for all your ideas. I enjoyed a lot.

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      Laura Izett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I don't think I've ever had a great interviewer. I've had the type of experiences you talk about with the HR guy. In fact, when I worked in HR I hated the interview process because it is virtually useless- it's a game. Some of the best interviews we hired people who quit or got fired soon after hiring. Either they were so good, they left as soon as they found a better job or they were so bad that you realize how superficial the interview process is. Tests, conversations, questions, nothing is foolproof in the interview process. I think interiewers make up their minds pretty quickly soon after you walk through their door, which is another mark against interview process- it's so bias.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      That's correct Izetti. Nowadays, interviewers expect the people to have some knowledge about the company. If you read and get yourself familiarize yourself with the company and its operations before the interview , definitely you can interview the interviewer at the interview.

      Once at an interview I asked the interviewer about the computer systems they use in their company. He said "Well, we have X, we have Y, we have Z, we have everything. Anything you name it, we have it." The X, Y and Z that he mentioned were the systems that I had given in my CV as the systems which I was conversant with. The interviewer was from HR department and he didn't know anything about computer systems.

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      Laura Izett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      very good hub- I used to be in Human Resources and these are sme excellent points. One thing my dad taught me(he was in HR too) was to interview your interviewer as well. You have to make sure you want the job and they should sell themselves and the company to you a bit too. Have questions prepared for them. Because of the internet, interviewers really expect people to read up on and research the company.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks Beth and Akirchner for your comments.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Hi LasanthaW - had to come check out your hubs after you were so kind to leave me fanmail! Very good points on a successful job interview and nicely done!

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      beth811 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Very informative and useful. Thanks.

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      Lasantha Wijesekera 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for your comments.

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      lilian_sg 7 years ago from Singapore

      These are pretty good tips.