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Interview and Personality Development

Effective communication in English without any flaws is the basis for an interview. So the knowledge of English language will help to boost confidence, moral and the right attitude to present oneself to the interviewer.

Research about the Organization

Find out as much as information about the company. Look at their website and any other information that they have sent you. It will be helpful for you to be familiar with the organization culture and principles. Also try to find out information about the job that you have applied to answer questions related to that during interview.

Self-Introduction

Make a list of the questions about the organization, ideally around work, such as the team you will be working with, or the work that you will be doing on a daily basis. Also prepare answers for some of the standard icebreakers, such as ‘Tell me a bit about your current job’, or ‘Tell me why you’ve applied for this job’. Your answers should focus on your skills, and how you can use them in the new job. Describe the situation in one sentence or less, focus on your actions & results that you achieved.

Tests and Presentations

Some interviews require you to make a short presentation or to take a test. The details will always be included in the letter inviting you to interview. So you’ll have time to prepare. If you’ve been asked to make a presentation, don’t assume that there will be a PowerPoint or you’ll be standing in front of a group. You may be invited to bring a handout. It’s better to make a one-page handout that fully summarizes your presentation, whether it is a mind-map or picture of some sort or messages.
Attending the Interview

Dos:

  • Arrive in good time. The interview panel may be interviewing a lot of candidates so do not keep them waiting.
  • Dress appropriately. Some organizations, especially technology companies, have a very casual dress code but, for most, a suit will be appropriate interview wear. Remember that you are being judged on the appearance that you present.
  • Act appropriately, which usually means following the interviewer’s lead. If you are offered a hand to shake, then shake it, but don’t offer your own hand if nobody else seems interested.
  • Engage with the interviewers. Smile, make eye contact, and build rapport.
  • Answer the questions that are asked, using relevant examples where at all possible.

Don’ts:

  • Be afraid to blow your own trumpet a bit. After all, nobody else is going to blow it for you; however do not lie or exaggerate. If you want the job, be enthusiastic and positive.
  • Don’t be over-familiar or share too much information. For example, the interviewers don’t want to know how you’re going to manage your childcare.
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