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Interview Dos and Don'ts

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Interview Dos and Don'tsThe interview, whether with a headhunter or the international recruiter, is of utmost significance in selling one's skills and suitability for a role. Whilst the resume outlines experience and skill-set, the interview allows one to demonstrate to the interviewer the abilities and cultural fit for a role.

Some Do's:

  • Punctuality

  • Research
    One should be able to answer most of the following questions:
    What industry is the company in?
    History and size of the company
    Specific duties in the role
    Any significant issues faced by the industry/company
    Future of the department
    Your career prospects
  • Presentation
    Approximately 70% of message in a conversation is conveyed with one's body and facial gestures, 20% in the tone of voice and less than 10% is conveyed by words. So consider pointers like:
    Firm Handshake
    Regular Eye Contact
    Feel assertive about your suitability for the job
    Avoid crossing your arms
    Dress to impress

  • Conversation
    Pay attention to what the interviewer is saying; take interest in what is being said.
    Ask appropriate questions
    Don't ask the wrong questions - eg. leave, hours, sick leave etc
    Mention interest, in the job
    Ask how well you've done at the interview - clears up any misunderstandings
    Confirm everything your agent told you
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  • Go unprepared
    A lack of understanding of the position and the company will lead to poor answers to questions asked.
  • Be nervous
    Although this may seem like a difficult thing, remember that you will answer accurately when you are focused on the questions being asked.
  • Be negative about yourself
    Put down current and previous employers, their procedures or company. Always be positive.
  • Research failure.
    The interview is not the time for research. Find out the company's products and services, annual sales, structure and other key information from the Internet, the public library, professional magazines or from former employees.
  • Can't articulate your own strengths and weaknesses
    Be able to specify your major strengths. & weaknesses.
  • Dont Complain
    Dont compalin about present employer, or former employer, or the competition.
  • Don't ask about compensation and /or benefits too soon.
    Wait for the interviewer to bring up these issues - after the discussion of qualifications and the company's needs and wants.
  • Do not fidget or keep looking at your watch during the interview.
  • No smoking, no gum, no drinking.