[ 2006-12-20 10:52 ]
It worked! The cover letter,
the resume, the research, the prayers - it's all come together, you've got the
interview. Not the job, just the interview. 兴奋吗？紧张吗？还是心里没底、忐忑不安？Now all you have
to do is go face-to-face with some super-important suit and persuade him that
you're the most desirable thing he's clapped eyes on (看见，遇到) since he met his
executive parking space.
What is an interview?
The best way to look at an interview is as a conversation rather than an
interrogation. In a conversation, information flows both ways and after all, you
want to learn about the company you may be working for as much as they want to
learn about you. You want to make sure the job fits you no less then they want
to be sure you fit the job. If you can think of the interview as an opportunity
to check them out, you'll show that you're interested in the company, you'll
feel more relaxed, you'll perform better and you'll increase your chances of
getting an offer.
What kind of interview are you in for?
There are a number of different approaches an interviewer can take. Perhaps
the most common is the clarification interview, in which the interviewer asks
general questions about points on your resume that he'd like to know more about.
You may get asked what your career goals are, or what you think you can bring to
the job. Know your resume, know how to make it fit the job and interviews like
this should be a walk in the park.
An interviewer may also throw in some doubt-resolving questions: "Why did you
leave your last job? ","Are you always this late? ","Where it says on your
resume, "manufacturing mailbags for the government", where exactly was that? "Be
aware of the weaknesses on your resume and prepare some nice flowery words to
cover any career cracks and flatten the interviewer's unfounded fears.
Increasingly popular are behavioral interviews, an approach which consultants
claim is used by a quarter of interviewers. You may be asked to describe an
incident in which you had to use your initiative under pressure, deal with a
difficult worker or work as part of a small team. The idea is that your past
behavior will predict your future actions in similar situations and the
questions the interviewers ask will highlight skills they believe are important
to the job.
To handle questions like these, think about your work experiences, and retell
them in STAR order: Situation/Task, Action and Result. Identify the situation or
task you were dealing with, explain the action you took and describe the
Preparation is the best way to beat behavioral interviews.
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