1. Skill Sets needed for Personal Interview
You need to equip yourself with three sets of skills to succeed.
First set of skills
Start and maintain two files:
1. personal information
It’ll be to your advantage to start a record file on yourself. You can put here all your
· certificates so that you don’t have to run around in the last minute [related to birth,
height, weight, eye sight (lens power if wearing glasses), driving license details, passport
details, languages, hobbies, education: tenth, +2, degree, PG, PhD, co-curricular and
extracurricular activities including sports]
· Xeroxes of these certificates, scan all your certificates.
· employment history with relevant certificates like experience, service recognition,
testimonials, referee details and their Xeroxes
You can keep updating the information so that you don’t waste time searching for them
when you want them.
2. job(s) related information
File here in sequence
· all the advertisements you apply to
· Cut the advert out from the newspaper with its name and date
· Read the ad carefully, jot down the educational qualification, job description, and the
required skills to talk about them in your cover letter and CV
Second set of skills
· Prepare a cover letter and a CV or resume
· Make sure your preparation matches the skills mentioned in the advertisement.
· Visit the website of the advertising company, learn about its vision, product(s), sales,
position in the marketing field, or collect this info from someone working there.
Third set of skills
Face to face interview performing skills
· Wear a formal dress, comb your hair well, avoid extremes in fragrance and cosmetics.
· Park your vehicle in the right place in the correct way.
· Arrive ten or fifteen minutes early, report to the person you were asked to, greet the person,
show call letter, go through any formalities before the interview.
· Knock gently, open the door, enter, close the door gently and move towards the
interviewer(s), greet them appropriately with a smile, wait to be told to sit, don’t drag the
chair but lift it gently to make slight adjustments and seat yourself straight or leaning
slightly against the support but not ramrod (like a soldier), keep your file in your lap, keep
your hands free to go with response, and wait for the for the formal beginning.
· When one of the interviewer poses a question, as you provide the response, look at that
person for a moment, then include the others in your eye contact, keep moving your eyes
left to right and right to left, respond as honestly as you can (don’t stop with mere ‘yes’ or
· You can ask for a question to be repeated (but don’t ask this too often), there’s nothing
wrong in saying (not every time of course), ‘I’m sorry but I have no idea’, give examples
where necessary, let your tone indicate your confidence level, be honest in your replies
(don’t say something that can be found to be a lie).
· When the interview concludes (thank you young man / lady), thank the interviewers for
their time (I thank you for your time and the opportunity), leave the room, close the door
· An interviewer may say, ‘You have any questions for us?’, ask one or two questions
pertinent to the organisation and the job.
A day or two later, send a note of thanks to the interviewer(s) in a brief letter or email:
Thank you for the informative and pleasant interview we had
yesterday (the day before yesterday).
I came away from the meeting most impressed with ... (the name of the organisation).
I feel that my qualifications would enable me to perform the duties to everyone’s advantage.
If you need further information, I’ll be happy to provide it.
In addition to this formal interview you can be put through other experiences like Behavioural Event Interviews (BEIs), testing your ability to handle stress situations, to solve on-the-job problems using technology, to interact with the working personnel
to get an idea about BEI (also known as ‘competency based interview’).
Visit http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/job-interviews to learn about ‘stress interview’, ‘technical interview’. You can also go to other websites for other types of interviews.
Go to http://www.businessballs.com/interviews.htm for general information.