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The Careers Powered By English series
English Interview Skills
Session 6 of 9
By Lado Management Consultants
Adrian O’Donnell
How to prepare for an interview
Contents
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Attire
Selling Yourself
What to do
Stress
Anticipating questions
Preparing questions to ask
7. Routine of the interview
1.Attire (Dressing for the Interview)
“Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you
from looking hard pressed!”
Men and Women
• Conservative & neat clothes
• Empty pockets
• Clean & well-groomed hairstyle
Men
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Silk Necktie with a conservative pattern
Dark shoes (black lace-ups), clean & polished
Dark (black) socks
Short hairstyle
No earrings
No heavy cologne
Women
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Suit with jacket
Business-like shoes
Conservative hosiery at or near skin colour.
Conservative make-up
No heavy perfume
Only one set of earrings
2.Selling Yourself
Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm
handshake. Maintain good eye contact.
Selling Yourself
Show what you want to do for the company (2-3
minutes sell yourself).
Selling Yourself
Show interest
Selling Yourself
Positive answers
Selling Yourself
Ask the interviewer prepared questions
Selling Yourself
Initiate the next step
Selling Yourself
Ask for the interviewer’s business card
3.What to Do
• Arrive 10-15 minutes early
• Review employer research information
• Have pen and paper
What to Do
• Be enthusiastic
• Listen carefully to the interviewer’s complete
question before responding
• Pause before answering difficult questions
What to Do
• Keep going even if you think you have made a
mistake
• Carry extra resumes, references etc in a
portfolio.
• Unless asked to, do not discuss salaries and
benefits
4.Stress
Tips for handling stress
• Know what to expect
• Be prepared
• Focus on performance
Stress
• Prepare your answers
• Have a routine
• Keep your perspective
5.Anticipating Questions
Focus on
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Your skills
Your working style
Your ability to work well with others
How well you handle authority
Your analytical skills
6.Preparing Questions To Ask
Ask Questions
Why?
- indicates that your job search has been well
thought out.
- shows thorough research and preparation.
Questions to Ask
пѓ� Questions to which you want an answer.
пѓ� Questions that reveal the depth of your research
and your interest in the job.
Sample questions:
• How and when will my performance be
evaluated on this job? How is success measured
in this department / organization?
• What will my typical day be like?
Sample Questions
• What is the number one priority of the person
who accepts this job?
• What are your expectations for new hires within
their first three to six months on the job? The
first year?
Sample questions:
• Who would be my supervisor? To whom would I
report?
• What happened to the last person who had this
job?
Sample Questions
• What might I expect to be doing over the next
three to five years?
• Are lateral or rotational job moves available to
provide broader experience?
Questions NOT to ask
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What does your company do?
Are you (the interviewer) married?
Can you guarantee I will still have a job a year
from now?
The job description mentions weekend work.
Would I really have to do that?
How can you determine my qualifications in a
short interview?
How am I as a candidate?
More questions NOT to ask
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Do I get to keep the frequent flyer miles from my
trips?
Would anyone notice if I came in late and left
early?
What is the zodiac sign of your company's
president?
How many (particular ethnic group) do you have
working here?
Day of the Interview
Material to Bring to an Interview
Resume, transcript, references, portfolio, work
sample, and performance evaluations from previous
employers. Notepad and pen.
7.The Routine of the Interview
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4.
Introduction
Employer sell
Candidate sell
Closing
The Routine of the Interview
1. Introduction
create a comfortable, friendly environment. A
light topic such as the weather, sports, or a
major news story, etc.
The Routine of the Interview
2. Employer sell
cover organizational structure, products or
services, location(s), specifics on the position,
salary (usually not during an initial interview),
benefits, etc.
The Routine of the Interview
3. Candidate sell
answering questions about your goals and
qualifications and demonstrating your
communication skills.
The Routine of the Interview
4. Closing
both parties should indicate their level of
interest in the other and understand what the
next steps to be taken will be.
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