Strategies for Interview


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3 December 2014.

            It is important for interviewers to put into consideration different aspects relating to interview strategies. To begin, they must know what to do before the interview. Moreover, they should be aware of what they should prepare and carry to the interview room. Another requirement is research, whereby the interviewee seeks to find out more about the prospective employer. Similarly, knowledge of different types of interviews is also an important requirement for interviewees.


            Wearing inappropriate attire on the day of the interview is a sure way of failing the interview. The same case applies to inappropriate content that is posted on social media, failure to carry out research, refusal to ask questions, and overconfidence. On the other hand, interviewees can enhance their level of preparedness by knowing the names of the interviewers, their supervisory roles, and the role of the search committee. They also need to find out about the schedule and to gather accurate information regarding the duration of the interview.

            Preparation entails knowing things such as question types, presentation formats, and interview material. It also involves getting the directions right, accounting for travel time and traffic, arriving at least ten minutes early, and turning off one’s cell phone before entering the interview room. It also entails knowing that the interview begins the moment the interviewee leaves the house.

            Before the day of the interview, the interviewee should be adequately prepared with his interview portfolio, list of co-curricular activities, job descriptions, academic transcripts, and copies of his or her resume. In terms of education, one needs to be clear about the classes taken. He should also be clear about work experience and participation in extracurricular activities. The same case applies to the list of intangible qualities that one possesses. It is also important for the interviewee to be prepared on what to say regarding his knowledge, abilities, and skills. It is important to go through the resume in order to be aware of precisely what it says about all these things. However, the interviewee should avoid the temptation of walking the interviewers through his resume.

            The interviewee should know the company in terms of its history, vision, mission, and objectives. He should also know the company’s products, competitors, and organizational structure. The way the questions are asked may vary depending on the type of interview. The most common types of interview include traditional face-to-face models, breakfast meetings, committee/panel, case studies, behavior surveys, video calls, and telephone calls.

            Several tips can help the interviewee create a strong first impression regardless of the type of interview. If possible, it is ideal to use a landline. Other requirements include a strong reception, a cell, headphones, a resume, and a job description. Avoid wearing leggings, jeans, sandals, or tennis shoes. Men should wear a two-piece suit while women may choose to wear a decent skirt-suit or trouser-suit.

            It is good to smile and give the interviewers a handshake. Other important actions in the interview room include maintaining eye contact and ensuring minimal hand movement when talking, good posture, leaning forward, speaking clearly, projecting the voice well, using a tone that clearly portrays excitement, avoiding fillers, and speaking about past experiences in a positive light (Ragan and Hopper 94). Avoid spending too much time on one question. Show the interviewer that you can do the job, and focus on both technical, leadership, and transferable skills. State what motivates you for the job and demonstrate that co-workers will like to have you around.


            During the interview, talk about why you think the company should hire you. Indicate the new skills that you will bring to the company, and how you will handle mistakes. Lastly, ask the interviewers about how long it will take for them to make a decision before thanking them for the interview invitation.

Works Cited

Ragan, Sandra and Hopper, Robert.“Alignment talk in the job interview.”Journal of Applied Communication Research, 9.2 (1981):85-103.

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