Candidates
   


Why do you want this job?
Your answer should be precise and must explain the positive aspects that attracted you to apply for this job. However, you must be careful in not mentioning the negative aspects of your present job.

What do you think you can contribute to the success of the company?
This is a chance for you to form an impression. Explain about your past achievements in your previous job(s) relevant to the new position you are applying for and how you could contribute to the company's success.

Why do you want to work with this company?
Your answer must emphasize all the positive aspects of the job you have applied. However, it is better to avoid controversial subjects such as money and working hours.

What is the feature that interests you about our product/service?
We recommend prior research on the company before attending the interview. It helps you to answer such questions better.

What do you think we can offer that your previous company has not offered?
Answer with utmost care here. Do not mention money aspects as it may create a negative impression. You could stress upon opportunities for personal growth, new challenges, etc. as positive motivators in applying for the job.

Why do you think we should employ you?
You may answer this question based on your previous experience and achievements relating to the position and company. As a conclusion, you could mention that you could fit into the position comfortably with a supporting reason. You may also ask the employers opinion about this



Interview techniques

For the interviewer, the purpose of all interviews is to gather as much relevant information as possible about the candidate and establish if he/she fits the bill. To do this, an interviewer may adopt the following techniques:

Open ended questions – This is a very popular form of questioning used by interviewers. The most basic form of this kind of question is ‘tell me about…’. They typically begin with where, who, what, why, when or how.

Probing questions – These are a natural follow up to open-ended questions. This technique is often used when the interviewer feels that a candidate has more to offer but has not been able to relate to a particular open-ended question. It is also used when the interviewer feels that a candidate is under or over valuing his/her skills and needs more information to establish the facts.

Leading questions – A particular kind of response is expected to a leading question. An example of this kind of question is “Don’t you think that, meetings are a complete waste of time?” This kind of question is often used to assess the candidate’s communication skills.

Summarizing responses – The interviewer may check regularly or rephrase what has just been said. This is a very important part of the interview process and presents an opportunity for the candidate to clarify points that may have been misunderstood and further explain any issues that they may not have to voiced during the interview process.

Intervening – Watch for signs of the interviewer trying to intervene. This is used if the candidate is perceived as rambling on due to nervousness or emotion. The interviewer will use this technique to regain the thread of what the candidate is trying to convey. They may use verbal or non-verbal cues such as dropping eye contact or leaning forward to retrieve focus.

Note taking – This provides a record of what was discussed during the interview. The interviewer may in some cases arrange for another person to take notes while the interview is being conducted



TIPS ON WRITING EFFECTIVE RESUME
Resumes are prepared for a very precise reason - to be successful in getting an interview call. A resume is an ad copy & nothing more and nothing less. A great resume does not just convey what you have done but asserts what all good ads do. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career. It would be a mistake if you consider your resume as a history list of your past or a personal statement. Resumes are written with intent to create interest and persuade the employer to call you for an interview.

1. Review job description
2. Focus your writing efforts
3. Choose the best resume format
4. Present the list of your accomplishments
5. Use keywords
6. Consider a highlight section
7. Proof read your resume
8. Have someone else review your resume