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Preparing Yourself For an Interview

Jul 23, 2008
During any interview, the aspects that are tested are knowledge, aptitude, confidence, interpersonal skills, ability, and a desire to work hard. As an adjunct to this, your physical appearance, and the effectiveness of your communication skills will also be assessed. Consequently, any preparation for the interview includes the practice and improvement of all of these factors.

The questions that interviewers generally ask relates to your awareness of any recent developments and events that are occurring in your field. To gain this awareness, you may care to read the magazines and websites related to your field. Discuss issues with friends who are working in the same field and exchange information with them. You may also obtain useful information about any interviews that they may have had. The basic knowledge you have gained through training is also very important, although, even if your marks were high, you should not neglect practice and revision before an interview. When you answer one interview question you may be asked a counter-question to your answer and as such you will need to think very quickly. Practice is beneficial for this. Practicing self-interviews several days before the interview is advisable. You may be able to find a guide or some book that contains the questions related to your field and this will be of great assistance in your preparation. These may also be available online.

However, even before this point, any knowledge you possess regarding the subject of your training is very important. Therefore, even if you received very good marks, it is important you practice and revise this information before the interview. When you answer one question in an interview it is possible that the interviewer may ask a cross-question based on your answer. You will then have to think very quickly and as such, good practice is required. You should practice self-interviews several days prior to the interview. At this time you can practice such question and answers. You may be able to find a guide or some book containing questions that are related to your field and this will be of great benefit for your preparation. Alternatively, these guides may also be available online.

You should practice until such times as you can fluently consecutively answer these questions. There should be no delays in answering. You may find it helpful to ask someone to ask the questions and then you can practice the answers. This would also be helpful for gaining confidence in answering the questions at the actual interview.

Confidence and interpersonal skills are considered to be as important as knowledge for any interview. To increase your confidence, you may wish to practice orally the questions and answers that are generally asked in an interview. Practicing aloud is a great help as it would also improve your voice projection and assist you in feeling more comfortable when giving the answers both in front of one or two people of a group of many.

Most interviewers also are influenced by your physical appearance. It is also important that you are able to demonstrate a degree of patience and understanding in your behavior as many interviewers will be looking for such qualities in candidates. They will most likely choose someone who shows forbearance rather than anger when challenged.
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