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How to be prepared for interviews redouane boulguid ensa_safi

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How to be prepared for interviews redouane boulguid ensa_safi

  1. 1. How to be prepared for Interviews Licence Professionnelle Ingénierie et Conception des Systèmes d’Information ENSA-Safi A. U. 2013/2014 -Par Mr. Redouane Boulguid
  2. 2. FIRSTLY  Start preparing as early as possible.  Larger corporations will generally contact you to schedule an interview about a month before the interview occurs.  You should spend this whole month preparing so that you're comfortable and knowledgeable going into the interview.
  3. 3.  Do your research.  Research the company and specifically the business unit or department.  Get as much background information as you can get so that you don't get caught speechless if you're asked to talk a little bit about it.
  4. 4.  Also use internet search engines to research the people who are interviewing you (or who you think may be interviewing you).  If you're having trouble finding things, try Linkedin: It is a career networking site that can help you build professional connections.
  5. 5.      So, Start preparing early. Take as much time as you have available to you. But Don’t Wait until the last minute. Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the company and the interviewers. But Go in knowing nothing about the industry or the position for which you’re interviewing. Be prepared. Anticipate likely interview questions and plan your answers.
  6. 6. SECONDLY  Get help from others.  You don't have to prepare for a job interview by yourself.  There are some valuable resources that can help you along your way. Here are some ways that you can ask for help:
  7. 7.  Seek out experts.  Find yourself a mentor and/or an alumni from your university currently working in your desired career. Talk to them and ask for advice.  Career Business Discussion Boards is a good website you can use to connect with such people.
  8. 8.   Prepare with a peer. Find a friend who is also preparing for a job interview. Interview each other so that you get comfortable with the verbal and social aspects of the interview. You can also tell your peer different anecdotal stories that you're considering for the interview. Ask him or her what each story portrays about you, and use their feedback to choose the one that best represents the parts of you that you want to show to the interviewer.
  9. 9. THIRDLY  Prepare to ask at least three questions. Think about what you want to know about the specific company, and how working there will be different from working with another corporation. Make a list of at least three questions that you want to ask, which can include the following points:
  10. 10.  Ask about room for growth in the company. Sure, you're applying for a specific position, but you can show that you plan to stick around for the long haul.
  11. 11.  Ask about who you'll be working with most closely. This will show that you have interest in the people you'll be interacting with in the company.
  12. 12.  Ask for more information about one of the tasks that are part of the job description. Show that you've read the job description closely and are thinking about what your daily life at the company would look like.
  13. 13. Fourthly   Prepare to answer the basic questions that you will be asked. Though an interview always has the potential to surprise you, there are a series of basic questions that you'll tend to see in an interview, so it's best to be prepared to answer them thoroughly and honestly before you walk into the interview. Here are some key questions that you may be asked:
  14. 14. – – – – What are your strengths? Can you give us a concrete example to illustrate them? What are your weaknesses? (Do not say that you have no weaknesses or that you've never made a mistake. This will make you look like you're full of yourself.) Why do you want to work for this company? Why do you think you'd be a good fit? What are your long term career goals?
  15. 15. – – – What was the biggest professional challenge you've ever faced? How did you tackle it? Are you good at working in teams? Can you provide an example of your strong team work? Why are you choosing to leave your present company? (If you're currently employed elsewhere, be honest about wanting to leave without being overly negative or bad-mouthing your employer. You should be respectful at all times.)
  16. 16. FIFTHLY  Show up a little early. Make sure you are dressed appropriately and have everything you need.  Ideally, you should carry a nice portfolio containing loose leaf paper and extra copies of your resume. Make sure to also bring a couple of pens and pencils so you can jot down notes and be prepared with a pen if you're asked for one.
  17. 17.  Knowing what to/not to bring is also important. Leave your calculator and gum at home. If you absolutely need to bring your cell phone, make sure it's completely powered off before you go into the interview. It also goes without saying that you should not bring anyone with you to the interview.
  18. 18. BEING PROFESSIONAL  First, Be clear. If you're asked to answer a case question, talk through your process with the interviewer. Don't be afraid to ask if your ideas sound accurate—you'll be evaluated on your ability to structure your thinking, not on the number of questions you ask.  In fact, talking through your process is a great way to engage the interviewer and turn the interview into more of a discussion.
  19. 19.  If you need something clarified, don't be afraid to ask. You'll do better if you know exactly what is being asked of you. Just don't ask a question every two seconds or you'll sound like you don't know what's going on.
  20. 20.  Second, Sell yourself. What are your unique selling points and how can you match them to what they want? Make sure you use plenty of examples as proof of your abilities. Show the interviewer that you can find the positives in your past experiences—this is not a time to complain about what you hated about your previous work situation.
  21. 21. – – Remember those examples of your strengths that you wrote down earlier? This is exactly when they'll come in handy. There's a difference between being confident and bragging. Make sure you show what a capable, intelligent employee you are.
  22. 22.  Third, Be inquisitive. Don't forget to ask your questions. Pay attention as the interviewer answers—you may even want to jot down notes. This is both to prove that you are listening and also to give yourself a way to reflect on the interview later if you end up having to decide between multiple positions.
  23. 23. – Don't ask the same questions at every interview. Ask questions that are tailored to the company to show that you've really done your research.
  24. 24.  Fourth, Be polite. Listen to each question fully  before you begin to respond. Never assume that  your interviewer has read your CV, but don't treat  him or her as though he or she hasn't, either. After  the interview, do not forget to send a follow up thank  you-email. These are generally better than hand  written thank you notes, as they are quicker than  snail mail. However, you should be sure that they  are well proofread and personal before you send  them.
  25. 25.  Part of being polite is remembering to thank  the interviewer for meeting with you after the  interview.   Show him that you really appreciate the time  and effort he spent on speaking with you.
  26. 26. Generally      Make a good first impression. Show up early and  looking well dressed and well rested.  Answer questions completely honestly. Paint  yourself in the best light, but remain humble and  brief.  Remain polite, respectful, and positive.  Have educated questions for the interviewers.  Follow up with a thank-you note after the interview  and an email later if you haven’t heard from them. 
  27. 27.  Fifth & Last, Be persistent. Keep interviewing. The  more you interview, the better you will become at it.  Don't get discouraged. It's unlikely that your first  interview will lead to you landing your dream job, but  that doesn't mean you should lower your standards  after the third interview. Keep aiming for what is  realistic for your goals and background, and you will  eventually find what you're looking for.
  28. 28. References Used  Have a Good Job Interview, downloaded  from www.wikihow.com (How To Do Anything). 
  29. 29. Thanks for your Attention