|Attending A Job Interview
To succeed in a job interview, the candidate must convince the interviewer that he or she is more capable than the others shortlisted. Unless the candidate has established personal networks within the company, a job is usually offered based on the assessment of the candidate's performance at the interview. This assessment places great pressure, both mentally and emotionally, on the candidate who needs the job desperately.
What do interviewers look for in the right candidate?
Successful candidates are able to highlight key experiences which show that they can do the job, and will do it better than any of the others being interviewed. They project themselves into the job by asking the right questions, knowing the problems related to that position, and even offering solutions to the problems.
Whether you are leaving your present job, or fresh from
campus or school, you should always be prepared for the interview by anticipating
questions that are likely to be asked. Apart from
personal details and qualifications, the interviewer will pose questions that will help
him or her find the right candidate. Although these questions may be challenging, they are
not meant to trap, find fault with or penalise the candidate.
These are not standard or model questions, but preparing answers for them will build up your confidence before, and while, attending a job interview. Avoid "trial and error" answers, which mark you out as making mistakes in front of your prospective employer. Tactful answers will impress the interviewer and, more importantly, enable you to stand out among the other candidates, thus enhancing your chances of securing the job.