job interview

Job Interview Techniques 1

There are two main interview techniques to be employed to impress your interviewers and increase your advantages of winning your dream job.

Finishing Off by Indicating Interest

  • Have a few good questions to ask towards the end, but not too many in the first interview.
    Some examples of appropriate topics can be found below:

    • New or existing position?
    • Responsibilities and priorities?
    • Reporting relationships?
    • Financial, human resources, equipment and time resources?
    • Criteria for measuring success?
    • What are the next steps?
    • What might the future look like?
  • Do not initiate any discussion about remuneration at the first interview; however be open and honest if the interviewer asks.
  • Ask (if you have not been told) what the process will be after the interviews have been completed.
  • Have a couple of positive comments to “re-cap” the positive highlights of the interview.  Reiterate your strengths.
  • If you are genuinely interested, say so.
  • Leave the interviewer with a good impression – smile.  Firm handshake.  Do not blow it by relaxing too soon.


  • Immediately after the interview, write a follow-up letter regardless of how you think the interview went.  The letter should be brief, relevant and:
  • Express appreciation of time and opportunity.
  • Re-cap/emphasise salient points.
  • Add points which you did not cover.
  • Reiterate/elaborate how you can contribute.
  • Express interest in continuing dialogue.
  • If you have been asked to send further information, ensure this is done quickly and efficiently.
  • Call your career manager and discuss your impression of how the interview went.
  • What kind of position are you looking for?
  • Why do you want to work in this industry/company?
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • What did you do in your previous position?
  • How was your time allocated?
  • What did you like best/least about it?

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