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Interview Key Pointers

  • Dress sensibly.
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlier than the appointed time for two reasons. One, you may required to complete an application form, and secondly, it will allow you to have the chance to settle down, catch your breath and be familiar with the surroundings. These should put you at ease.
  • Be nice and courteous to people you meet, including the receptionist.
  • Maintaining eye contact is important, so is body language.
  • Be confident
  • Sit up straight, answer audibly and clearly to each question. If you do not know the answer, say do. If you do not know the answer, say so. If you need time to compose (mentally) your response, ask for a little time.
  • Do remember to thank your interviewers and ask when you could expect a response from them.
  • Follow up with a thank-you card or e-mail at the earliest opportunity.
  • You can also take this opportunity to add pertinent information you may have omitted during the interview, and also to reiterate your keenness in the position.

Choose The Right Boss

There is little worse than a bad boss. Of course, what exactly a "bad boss" is depends very much on one's preferences. Some people like a boss who gives them a great deal of autonomy in their daily work, but others like a boss to give them `clearly defined instructions about their goals and how to achieve them.

Irrespective of personal preferences, working under the wrong boss could well mean sleepless nights, tortuous days, and a general sense of despair.Being able to size up your boss during the interview process can help in deciding whether you should accept the job.

What To Look Out For

Be True To YourSelf

No matter how badly you want the job, you must be honest with yourself. You must understand whether you want a boss who gives you lots of autonomy or one who gives you more hands-on direction.

Beware The Self-Publicist

You should be wary of the interviewer who talks about himself and his firm, but doesn't ask many questions about you in the interview. A good mentor can be a key asset in your career, but an interviewer who only discusses himself may be too self-centred to take an interest in your development. If you want to learn from somebody, he is going to have to buy into you - but he won't do that if it's all about him:

Does He Listen To You?

Often, people in conversation are not really listening to others, but merely thinking of what they will say next. This is not just bad manners, it is a bad sign in a prospective boss. If you say something and he starts speaking about something else, then chances are he won't listen to you when you come on board.

How Does He Make Decisions?

I recalls meeting one managing director who had moved his company to a shophouse from an office tower, although this was a step down for the company. "When I asked him why he moved, he could only say he had never worked in a shophouse before. If somebody runs a business in such an arbitrary manner, chances are you will lose your job very soon. You have to be sure that the business is run in the interest of profits. In the shophouse case, he was making a decision based not on business, but on his personal preferences.

What Is His (And The Company's) Approach To Development?

You could be looking for a job because you feel you are in a rut. There is nothing wrong with this, but often people leave one rut and within a year complain that they are in another. It's important to choose a boss and an organisation that has a positive approach to promotion and training. Look for organisations that promote from within, with strong training programmes and which take pride in their people.

Good Questions To Ask During Interviews

  • What will my career progression be like? How did things work out for the last person in this role?
  • In the-long and short term, what will you be rating me on?
  • What would you change about the company? (No matter how prestigious a company may be, it is not perfect, so beware if your interviewer says there is absolutely nothing he would change.)



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