Basically, interviews are conducted to find out more about an applicant and to see whether he or she is suitable for the job, award or position he or she applied for the interviewers or panelist normally asks questions to elicit responses from the candidates being interviewed. The success or failure of the applicant will depend on his her performances at the interview. That is why it is very impotant that applicant should prepare well before attending an interview.
Preparation Towards An Interview.
Preparation towards an interview starts from filling an application from. The application form should be neatly and accurately completed, signed and sent to the appropriate place. It should indicate record of information on the applicant’s background, academic and professional qualification, and experiences relevant to job, position or awards for which he is attending the interview. He needs to keep the information in mind references at the interview. Panelist normally ask questions about the information provided on the application form to put the applicant at ease.
Also, the applicant sholud have a good knowledge of the position or job he has applied for.He needs to find out as much as he can about the job, office or award he is seeking for and the requisite qualification and experiences, skills and abilities that goes with it.
He must also gather vital information on topical issues of the society as well as international affairs. Also, needs to find out how his experiences, skills or abilities can help him to discharge his duties efficiently if he is selected for the job, office or award he is looking for.
The applicant should know his appearance contributes largely to his success at an interview. What he wears for the interview is very important. His appearance must match the job, office or award he is looking for.
At The Interview.
Normally, a secretary to the interview panel ushers the applicant into an interview room from a waiting hall. The applicant as a matter of courtesy greets the panelist immediately he enters the room. He has to wait for him to be offered a seat before sitting down and should not forget to show courtesy by thanking the one who offered the seat.
Interview questions are structured to ask the applicant views, comments and general discussions of the issues and as such he should note that his confidence in answering questions or giving suggestions increases his chances to succeed.
Therefore, he must listen and understand fully to what is being asked before attempting to answer it. He should feel free to ask for clarification if a question seems unclear to him or to request a quesetion to be repeated if he did not hear it well. He should avoid fidgetting since it will suggest lack of confidence.
He should attempt to answer the entire question and should not take any question for granted. Panelist become annoyed at an applicant who does not take the questions seriously.
The applicant should watch the reaction of the panelist and judge how they respond to his answers. If panelist shows interest in a particular issue he should take time to expand a little by giving illustrationssor specific examples. Besides giving a correct answer to a question, panelist expect the applicant to be eloquent, clear and articulate. He should therefore be fluent to speak good English when answering the questions.
I will continue this article in my next publishing as ‘ATTENDING AN INTERVIEW PART 2’