Job interview skills

Successful interview techniques are the final step in securing a new job. The key factors in having a positive interview process are:


1.     Preparation

2.     Performance

3.     Follow up

There are a number of things you can do to prepare well for a job interview and brush up on your interview skills.
First make sure you thoroughly understand the job duties and selection criteria.
Go over your application and resume so that you can readily remember key achievements and skills to show that you can perform well in the position. Make sure you have obtained as much information about the organisation as possible. Finally, practice responding to sample interview questions and prepare some questions that you would like to ask. These are the foundations of good interview skills.



Making best use of your interview skills

Apart from the basic matters such as dressing appropriately and arriving on time – not too early and certainly not late – there are a number of points to keep in mind during the interview. Greet the interviewers confidently with an appropriate handshake. Listen carefully to the job interview questions. A useful way to frame your responses to questions about specific selection criteria is to give an example that demonstrates a situation in the past where you were given a specific task, how you successfully carried out the task and the outcome. Maintain eye contact and adopt a confident but not ‘cocky’ attitude. Pay attention to the body language of the interviewers. You will pick up on their level of interest in your responses and also when they feel that you are taking too long with your responses.

Interview Skills include knowing the right questions to ask

Usually the interview will conclude by the interviewers asking if you have any questions. Here is where you use those interview questions that you have already prepared as well as others that may have occurred to you during the interview. It is useful to ask about start dates should you be offered the position and to explain how much notice you will need to give in your present position. Most experts suggest that discussion of salary matters be left until after you have been offered the position. You might also want to ask when to expect a decision and how you will be notified.

How to follow up your interview to improve your interview skills.

Do not be over zealous in following up to ask about interview outcomes. If you have been given a time frame for response and nothing has been forthcoming, then a polite phone call can be made. If you have not been successful you may wish to ask for some feedback. Learn from that feedback. It might not only help you with future interview performance but also in the type or level of jobs you apply for in the future. For example, the feedback may be that your answers to interview qustions indicated that were either over qualified or under qualified for the job or do not have the appropriate level of experience. In that case you may need to look again at the type of jobs you have identified through your job search.