What are different Job Interview Techniques?

Acing an interview with perfection is no simple task. An experienced employee may well have the tricks of the trade at his fingertips. However a little homework on the techniques of the job interview can prove helpful in mastering its nuances. Today, an interview is not confined to the four walls of the organization. Hirers in each and every field are looking for dynamic individuals and are eager to test not only their job efficiency but also other factors like social skills, presence of mind etc. Hence the emergence of concepts like dining interviews, casual interviews and the like. However, whatever be the kind if interview some rules should apply universally for all one of them. What are they? Let us find out:

Basic Tips on Job Interviews

Remember be it a formal or casual interview your communication skills will be put to test from the word go. Communication backed by a suitable body language and the ability to listen makes for a winning combo. Here is more on how you can nail your body language:

  • Keep an eye contact with the person you are speaking to throughout your conversation
  • Don’t move your hands frequently while conversing but only at suitable intervals
  • Keep a smile but don’t overdo it
  • Listen to what the other person is saying and try to understand his point at one go--- don’t reflect inattentiveness on your part by asking him to repeat questions time after time

Choose suitable attire

Whatever might be the type of question be it behavioral, personal etc, always try to understand the reason behind such questions. This will help you to frame your questions better. It is better to seek some kind of guidance or do some research in this case.

Put up a polite appearance even when you think that things are getting out of hand.

Always remember that you resume should be crafted with perfection—clearly prioritizing you objective, skills, and interests

Always switch off your mobile while talking

Now that you have an idea of how to handle job interviews in general let us focus on techniques meant for specific kinds of job interviews.

Behavioral Interview

Here a lot is put at stake. Your analytical, organizational, leadership, social skills, and your commitment to the post? are all under scrutiny. Questions generally related to you past job experiences are asked—“How did you deal with an angry client?”, “Did you ever work beyond your schedule to achieve desired results?” “Have you ever stepped in to resolve a conflict at your previous organization?” etc. The best way to go about these kinds of interviews would be to sit down and frame possible questions and answers before the interview. There are many times when you miss out on relating your crucial experiences while answering these questions. This mostly happens if you are attending the interview without any preparation. So try not to go unprepared. Don’t be passive here, as that can seriously harm your prospects

Dining Interviews

Mostly conducted at well known restaurants, these are meant to examine your social skills while gauging your prospects at the organization at the same time. There is a little bit of balancing act to do. Here are a few tips:

Try to learn about the restaurant beforehand

  • Order dry food
  • Try not to talk with your mouthful
  • Don’t ever put your elbows on table
  • Your bread plate is at the left and your glass at the left
  • Indicate you have finished by placing your napkin on the table
  • Avoid wasting food
  • Don’t offer to pay

Telephone interviews

Make sure that whichever device you are using (a land phone or mobile), it is perfectly in order so as not to waste time of the interviewer

There should be not be any kind of disturbance like the sound of television , music, family members talking loudly or your pet creating a nuisance in the room you are talking

Maintain an agreeable tone throughout as your expression through your voice is of prime importance with your interviewer not being able to see you

Exit Interviews

These are conducted when an employee is quitting a particular organization. The HR gives him a questionnaire or asks him some questions with the sole aim for the betterment of the organization. You can always skip these interviews. However it is advisable to attend them so as to avoid any resentment of your employer. Even while attending this kind of an interview being positive is the trick here. Don’t pour out your negative feelings about the concern on that questionnaire. On the other hand as a thorough professional it should be your duty to help the concern grow further even while you are not working there anymore. Don’t sound negative for the sake of being negative but if you have any genuine concern for the organization, do express that in a polite manner. That should be appreciated.

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