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Tips for Effective Interview

Recruitment interview is a tool for the interviewer or prospective employer to establish their opinion as to the relevance of the candidate's background & qualities to the position they are looking to fill. Therefore, in addition to the essence of preparation prior to the interview, clear and effective communication skills is the key to a successful interview.

Types of Interview
Before we look at some of our suggested techniques for interview, you should find out the type of interview you will be attending to adopt the appropriate techniques.


Generally, interviews are categorized into telephone interview, formal and informal face to face interviews. Under the formal interview, it can also be further categorized into individual interview and panel interview. These interviews could also be through video conference facilities when the interviewers or prospective employers are overseas. Very often, recruiters and prospective employers are more inclined to asking behavourial questions during these interviews relevant to the positions to formulate their opinions on the candidates suitability.


Behavourial interview is designed to examine your competency, skill compatibility and cultural fit for the position and you will be prompted to provide examples that illustrate your ability to carry out certain skills or demonstrate certain behaviour. Questions will start with phrases such as "Tell me about a time when#" or "Give me an example of#" You need to answer these questions with specific examples of your experience that demonstrate your relevant job skills.


Let's look at some suggested techniques to you for the different types of interview:

Telephone Interview
- Ensure the telephone connection is good and both you and your interviewer are able to hear each other   clearly without any interference of audio signal.
- Advise the interviewer courteously if you are have difficulties in receiving the signals properly or having   disturbances
- Speak with confidence and pace your talk 每 not too quick or too slow
- Speak with a smile to ensure a friendly tone and project positivity
- Listen first before it's time for you to reply or ask questions
- Don't interrupt while the interviewer is talking- wait until he/she has finished
- Repeat your statement to ensure proper understanding by the interviewer

Formal Individual Interview
- Prepare for behavourial questions
- Be polite and courteous in greeting your interviewer
- Listen actively to questions and show gestures of understanding or acknowledgement.
- Be assertive in answering questions
- Build rapport with your interviewer by:
  1. Maintain eye contact 每 demonstration of confidence and honesty.
  2. Wear a smile 每 showing you are comfortable, confident and accepting, even in the most stressful
      situations. Smiling alsoencourages interviewers to smile back at you and remember you as a positive and
      warm personality.
  3. Match your interviewer's style - emulating posture, speech patterns,tempo and simple mannerisms to fit 
      with those of the interviewer encourages a subconscious rapport. Be careful not to mimic or mock your
      interviewer;just subtly modulate your style where appropriate.
  4. Address your interviewer by name- suggesting you are prioritising the individual as well as the job and
      company profile.

Panel Interview
Instead of meeting one individual interviewer, you will be meeting a number of interviewers in one time.
- Adopt similar techniques as in the Individual interview and
- Greet all interviewers in entering the venue 每 ensure you are familiarize with the interviewers' names and   positions before the meeting
- Focus on one question at one time
- Address the person who has asked the question as you answer
- Make eye contact with each panel member

Informal Interview
This could normally be held in a coffee shop or restaurant for a casual catch up. Care should be taken as not to take this very light-heartedly.
- Adopt the usual interview rules as above and also focus on building rapport
- Focus on your communication of skills and experience relevant to the position and avoid turning the
  interview into a social chat

What are the Do's and Don'ts
Do prepare for specific examples ready to effectively answer behavioural interview questions.
Do ask questions. It demonstrates your interest in learning more and shows that you have given the position some real thought.
Do try and build rapport with your interviewers. Always remember to smile!
Do relax yourself and have confidence. You are invited to interview because you appear to be a good match for the position.
Do close the interview by thanking the interviewers for their time and letting them know you are interested and looking forward to hearing from them.

let yourself get driven away from the specific answers to the interviewers' questions
Don't give unrelated information which will not be value added to the interviewers opinion on your