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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.
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
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:
Regular Eye Contact
Feel assertive about your suitability for the job
Avoid crossing your arms
Dress to impress
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
Confirm everything your agent told you
- Go unprepared
A lack of understanding of the position and the company will lead to poor answers to questions asked.
Although this may seem like a difficult thing, remember that you will answer accurately when you are focused on the questions being
- 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
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.