Interview skills

How can I evaluate my interview performance?

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 14:06 -- nick

Phew, the interview is over. Wouldn't it be nice if the interviewer handed you a rating slip on your way out the door to let you know how you did.

But without such a luxury, you must learn to review your own performance so that you can learn from the experience. Use this opportunity to be objective about the situation. Were you prepared and practiced, or were you just winging it? Could you have been more effective with additional practice? What will you do to prepare for your next interview? Read more about How can I evaluate my interview performance?

What should I do after my job interview?

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 14:04 -- nick

It's very frustrating when you've been to interview – especially for a job you really want – but then hear nothing for what seems like a lifetime.

Unfortunately, your work is not done once you leave the interview – in fact it's just beginning. You can't simply sit back and wait for the job offer. Read more about What should I do after my job interview?

How long should I wait for the interviewer to get in touch?

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 14:00 -- nick

Not getting a follow-up call, as promised, happens more than you think. Candidates are sure they are a certainty for the position, they're expecting an offer. Then, they hear nothing. This is not only frustrating for the candidate, but reflects poorly on the company.

If after a Monday interview you were told that a decision would be made before the end of the week, by Friday you'll be having doubts if there has been no call from the company.

Does this mean you're not going to get an offer? Should you call to find out what's up. Or, should she just wait until after the weekend? Read more about How long should I wait for the interviewer to get in touch?

How do I deal with an interviewer I'm attracted to?

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 12:34 -- nick

Your CV has successfully found its way to the top of the pile and you have been invited to come and meet your prospective employer. All you have to do now is get through the interview and you’ll be half-way to nailing the job you want.

But, as you walk through the door and see your interviewer for the first time, your jaw drops, your heart starts pounding and all sense of professionalism and composure disappears. You feel like a nervous teenager who has a crush on a teacher.

So what do you do when you fancy the person who has your career future in their hands? Do you chance your luck regardless of the outcome? Or do you place the object of your new-found desire into the realms of pipedream fantasy and focus on landing the job? Read more about How do I deal with an interviewer I'm attracted to?

What should I wear to my job interview?

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 12:28 -- nick

Part of preparing for a job interview is making sure you are going to come across as a good addition to their company. Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word.
 
Direct approaches (specifically phoning to check the dress code) or indirect approaches (standing outside the office a few days before your interview to check the people coming and going) are both valid ways of determining the general rules.
 
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How do I make a good first impression at my interview? With Audio

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 12:26 -- nick

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but most of us do. There may be a classic novel lurking behind that garish sleeve, but we rarely take it off the shelf and open it to find out. It’s the same with interviews. If you turn up looking a mess or with a scowl on your face, you may as well have saved the bus fare. Read more about How do I make a good first impression at my interview? With Audio

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