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How to succeed in interviews?

As no interviews are completely predictable, there is no magic formula which you can follow. However, if you plan and prepare carefully, your chances of getting the job will be high. The information given here is designed to help all job seekers.

Preparing for the interview

What are you going to be interviewed for? It is essential that you have a clear idea of what the job entails. Read the advertisement carefully. Then look at the demands of the job itself. How is the job described? Is that what you want? Look at exactly what the job demands and what other things are implied. Have you got the right qualifications and experience? Are you overqualified? Will training be given? There may be qualifications or experiences which are essential, or you may be able to make a case for lack of qualifications being balanced by relevant work experience or vice versa.

Once you have decided to apply for the post, find out all you can about the organization and make the application. You may need to obtain guidance on this, if you cannot do this own your own. Getting it right at this stage may mean the difference between being invited for an interview and an immediate rejection. Keep a copy of the original advertisement and your application so that you can refresh your memory before you go to the interview.

Work out your strengths and weaknesses

Work out your strengths and weaknesses before making the application. Strengths and weaknesses should be assessed in the light of the demands of your chosen job or career. If you havenít already thought this through and you really arenít qualified or experienced enough for the posts you apply for, your moral will crash with the subsequent rejection letters. You must establish a through knowledge of your plus points in relation to each company. You must consider your potential weaknesses too. Be realistic Ė nobody expects you be to be perfect, but balance is essential. There may be ways you can show your weaknesses in a positive light, so do this as long as you wonít seem too clever or arrogant.

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Interviewing technique
Questions that may be asked
What to say and what not to say
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