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1Training Manual on Interview SkillsBy Mrs. Atiya Zulfiqar Deputy Director, Career Development Centre, CDC National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
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21. INTERVIEW SKILLS1.1. INTRODUCTIONEvery year, thousands of fresh graduates get frustrated searching for a job. Many graduates, while well versed in their own subjects, may not even get their first foot in the door when it comes to job hunting because of their lack of preparedness. Some graduates assume that appearing for an interview doesn’t require any preparation and underestimate its importance, consequently failing to make an impression on the employer. The main objective of the Interview Skills module is to equip teach students, graduates and job seekers with knowledge and techniques to effectively tackle the interview process, and leave a positive impression with your prospective employer by reinforcing your strength, experience and appropriateness for the job in question. What is an interview? An interview is a conversation with a purpose – for an employer to assess the candidate and for a job seeker to convince the employers. The interview enables the employer to learn about you, your personality, social skills and general abilities, potential and whether you will fit in the organization. For you, the interview enables you to learn more about the organization, the position, and the people within the organization. Before you go to an interview, you need to prepare thoroughly. You can succeed in interview only if you have prepared! 1.1.1. MODULE OVERVIEWThe Interview Skills module aims at preparing you to apply for job and face interview. The module guides you about ways to highlight your achievements and contributions to prove your value added worth to prospective employers. First, you will learn about the principles of competency-based management and the challenges of selection. Then, you will focus on preparing for interview. You will examine the different stages of interview: the opening, the exchange of information, the closing, and the follow up. Finally you will look at ways to present yourself professionally through dress code and behavior.