Recruitment and orientation
PREPARING FOR AND PARTICIPATING IN AN INTERVIEW
COMPANIES USE various procedures when conducting employment interviews. The larger the company, the more formal the interview. The following points must be kept in mind when preparing for an interview:
RESEARCH THE COMPANY
Find out as much as you can about the company. Your research will help you to form a picture of the company so you can ask relevant questions during the interview.
ANTICIPATE QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED DURING THE INTERVIEW.
The employment interview is usually the first time you will be seen by a company representative. Remember, students, that first impressions are important.
A good interviewer will give you an overall explanation of the requirements of the job and of the policies and benefits of the company. You will be asked questions about yourself, and you will also be given the opportunity to ask questions. Some questions that you may be asked are:
Why did you choose to apply for this position?
What future professional or educational plans do you have?
What characteristics or traits do you have that you think make you the right person for this position? Why did you leave your last position? What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
Why should this company hire you? The interviewer will assess your applicantion according to the answers given to the questions. In answering the interviewer, you should –
Look at the person who is conducting the interview and be courteous in giving replies.
Avoid one-word answers but try to be precise. Give honest answers. Show that you are willing to learn.
One of the most difficult questions to handle is the question of salary. Usually, the interviewer will tell you what the company expects to pay for the position. Occasionally, an interviewer will ask you what salary you expect. Be prepared for this question.
Very often, an interviewee is invited to ask questions of the interviewer. Even when the invitation is not extended, it is usual to expect questions from the interviewee. Answers to the following questions provide valuable information:
Are there opportunities for training in the organisation? Are there opportunities for promotion? Is there a policy of promoting from within the organisation?
What are the working hours?
FOLLOWING UP ON THE INTERVIEW
You should send a short thank-you letter to the interviewer as a courtesy. Avoid calling or writing before the decision deadline to inquire about the status of your application. After the deadline, it is acceptable to call or write to ask when a decision will be made, if you have not already been notified. This demonstrates that you are still interested in the job.
LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE
If you are selected for the post, you will be sent an offer of appointment along with the contract of employment. If the offer is accepted, you are required to sign the contract and return one copy to the organisation. The letter of acceptance should be brief and –
Thank the employer for his letter of offering you the job. State that you are willing to accept the job. Indicate that you are looking forward to working for the organisation and gaining new experiences.
Confirm that you will be able to commence work on the suggested date.
There are, however, times when a job offer has to be refused. If so, you should:
Thank the employer for the offer of appointment.
Express regret at not being able to accept the offer.
Here are some short-answer questions based on the unit I have just completed. 1. What steps should you consider when you are searching for a job? 2. Describe the major sections of a résumé. 3. What important points should you keep in mind concerning the appearance of your résumé? 4. What is the purpose of a cover letter? 5. What major points should you keep in mind when preparing for an employment interview? Until next week, remember the golden rule: study, study. God bless you all.
Staff members from FLOW stand with students at the Cumberland High School where they observed the National Day of Prayer, which was declared in schools on Friday, November 11.