lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2012

Tips for job interviews

There is a lot you can do before, during and afterwards to help things go well.
When you attend an interview you are going to be asked about your educational background, work experience, skills, personal qualities etc and it will be your chance to convince your potential employer that you are the perfect candidate he or she is looking for. So, it is important to be well prepared and learn different tips and strategies that will help you succeed and get the job.

Before the interview

1. Take time to find out information about the company. Why? Because, you may be asked questions specifically related to the company and it may be easier for you to answer them if you have that information in advance.
2. As you are going to talk about yourself, about your work career etc...prepare it previously so later, you can do it in detail and accurately.Talk freely but try to be precise and concise.
3. Review typical questions you are most likely to be asked and think carefully about the answers. If you can anticipate obvious questions you can plan your answers and you will feel and sound more confident. (See link below about useful questions)
4. Make a list of questions you want to ask at the interview. If you are nervous and you will be, you may forget about them.
5. Dress formally. Don't wear casual clothes.If you look smart and well groomed it will mean that you are taking the interview seriously.
6. Check day, time and where it is. It could be awful if you went on the wrong day!
7. Arrive in good time. Try to be five or ten minutes earlier than your appointment time.
8. Just before the interview, focus your attention on your breathing, long slow deep breath should help calm down your butterflies!

During the interview

1. Good impressions are important.When you come into the room, the first impression you are going to make on the interviewer can be decisive for the rest of the interview. So, introduce yourself, shake hands firmly, and be friendly and polite. A smile to start with, can relax you and everyone else.
2. Try to stay relaxed, it´s difficult because you want to do well and be chosen for the post but you should be able to control yourself.
3. Pay atention to your body language. Body language can give the interviewer a lot of information about you. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer, don't slouch and don't fidget with your hair or jewellery!
4. Always tell the truth and be honest.This is a golden rule.
5. Be positive about youself.You might feel as if you were selling yourself. Don't worry, you are!. Remember, "sell your assets not your defects"
6. Avoid saying "yes" or "no" answers. Give reasons for your answers but go straight to the point and don't beat about the bush!
7. If you have questions to ask, this is the right moment to do it. Show that you are interested in the job.
8. Thank the interviewer for seeing you before you leave

After the interview

Learn from the interview. Be positive and if you don't get the job, think what and how you can improve the next time.


In your opinion, what are the most important points to bear in mind when attending a job interview? Leave your comments, please.

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  2. I think the most important point to attend a job interview is the first impresion. You have to look smart. Also is important be punctual and find some information about the company. During the interview don´t get nervous, explain your answers and sell yourself. After that, is good asking questions, thank the interviewer and leave the room.

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  3. I think that the most important is: try to stay relaxed, it´s difficult because you want to do well and be chosen for the post but you should be able to control yourself, pay atention to your body language and dress formally.Don't wear casual clothes because if you look smart and well groomed it will mean that you are taking the interview seriously.

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  4. I think that it is very important before the interview to dress formally and take time to find out information about the company, because you should give a good impression and you may be asked questions specifically related to the company.
    Also during the interview the most important is to be positive about youself and try to stay relaxed for to talk and answer the questions honestly.

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  5. I think that the most important point are:

    - Before the interview:
    You should make a list of questions because If you are nervous you may forget about them.
    You should arrive in good time because the first impression is important.

    - During the interview:
    It's a good idea to try to stay relaxed, you should be able to control yourself, because If you're nervous you make give a bad impression on them; and you should make a first good impression, so dress formally, introduce yourself, shake hands firmly and be friendly and polite.

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  6. I think the most important point is to stay relaxed during the interview. Everything (your answers, your body language, the impression you make on the interviewer) depends on how nervous you are. So is very important to stay relaxed, if you do, probably you can remember the questions you want to ask, control yourself and sell yourself to be the one the employer wants to hire.

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  8. I think that the points most important before the interview are: Dress formally, because the interviewer will have a good impression and just before the interview focus your attention on your breathing because you will be calm and the interview will be better.
    The points most important during the interview are: Always tell the truth and be honest, because if they realise, you are unemployed and you have questions to ask because you show that this job is important for you, you can ask questions about the salary, working day, etc.
    Mª CARMEN CÓRDOBA

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  9. I think that the most important for job interviews is: first dress formally. Don't wear casual clothes, because If you look smart and well groomed it will mean that you are taking the interview seriously, and second and the most important always tell the truth and be honest, and for last give a good impression.

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  10. In my opinion, the most important point is "to find out information about the company". I think it's important because a lot of the company want their workers know his ethics and values. Other aplicants may have more experience than you, so your knowledge about it can make a difference.In addition, if you know good news about the company you may make the interviewer happy.

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  11. I think the most important point, before the interview, is to prepare question about myself like my work career, my experience and be prepare to answer the questions which they ask me.
    Also is important don`t be nervous during the interwiew and to be polite. Other point important is the good aparience, i meand, i dress smartly and is very important to arrive before the time

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  12. I think the most important point when attending a job interview is to arrive in time, because is very important the first impression. Other important point is to find out information about the company, because if the interviewer asked you something about the company, you would be able to answer her.And last point is try to be relaxed, because you can answer better to her questions..

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  13. I think the most important points to bear in mind when attending a job interview are:

    - To find out information about the company. It is awful when you are asked about the company you are applying for, not to know about it.

    - Not to be late because they may think that you are always going to be late.

    - To think of the typical questions they can ask you so that you sound confident.

    - To dress properly. It is very important to give a very good impression.

    - To try to stay relaxed so that they can see that you have self-control.

    - To be honest.

    - To learn from the interview so that you can improve for the next time.

    Mª José Moreno

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  14. I think the most important point when attending a job interview is: not to be late, you should arrive few minutes before your appointment view. Other important point is say the true about your life, your studies and your jobs. Finally, the last point is avoid saying "yes" or "no" answers, you have to give reasons for your answers.

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  15. I think that is important before a interview the numbers:
    3, because youy are most confident.
    7 because if you don´t arrive in goog time you can give a bad image
    During the interview:
    4, because if you lie, you can take a mistake.
    7 because if you want the job you must be interesting it.

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  16. I think the things more important before the interview are:
    1- i think the first is important because you must know about the company where you could work and before you should be informated about it.

    2- i think is important speak about yourself anda you should give details and express good.

    5-its important to give a good image because a person must be formally and serious in te company.

    During the interview

    2- its important to be relax because if you are nervious you can take mistakes.

    5-you should be positive because this can help you to resolve the problem.


    Laura Nuñez Grau

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  17. I think the most important points to bear in mind when attending a job interview are:

    - To find out information about the company. You will look really interested in the company if you know information about it when required.

    - Not to be late. If you are late the very first day, they may imagine it will be a trend.

    - To think of the typical questions they can ask you so that you answer them in a concise and precise way and so that you don't forget concrete points you should mention.

    - To dress properly. It is very important to give a good first impression.

    - To try to stay relaxed so that they can see that you are a person who can control his/her nerves in any situation.

    - To be honest. There is no employer who would want a liar in his/her company and lies always come to light somehow, someday...

    Emery Lomeña Navarro

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  18. I think that the points most important before the interview are:make a list of questions you want to ask at the interview because it will be better and you will be more relaxed and arrive a good time because to give a good impression and no later.
    The points most important during the interview are: be positive about youself and always tell the truth and be honest because it would be an advantage that will serve to work.

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  19. I think the most important point for job interviews is the first, because If I have information about company, I will be more preparate to answer to the questions, and it is very important. So I will know that the company want of me and the kind of employee that it need. so I will be the best candidate.

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  20. I think it is important because it will present a good image for company. It is also important to have godd education when representing the company.

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