Interview Structure

Typical interview structure
1) Introduction:
We all know that first impressions are very important and when you are in a job interview they are even more so. The introduction phase is perhaps the most important phase as it sets the tone of the interview from the start. In fact many interviewers may make up their minds on candidates before the interview even starts on what they did or did not do at the greeting stage which is the first part of the introduction. As soon as you enter the building your interview has started. These days many receptionists are trained to observe clients behavior in the reception and you as an interviewee are no different. They will note how you talk to them, how you sit and your demeanor. When you first meet the receptionist you should smile and state your business. You are there for an interview so you should say in a friendly calm voice "My name I _name____ and I have an interview with _interviewer name_ from _Department_ scheduled at _Time_". Of course you would have arrived 10 minutes early so you can show good punctuality so this means that you may have a small wait in the waiting area. One should sit still and upright whilst waiting, with your hands on your knees. A tip to stop sweaty hands is to go to the restroom beforehand and wash your hands with cold water, this will cool your hands down and stop them sweating. By the time the interviewer comes to see you you they will have warmed up. When the interviewer(s) come out to meet you introduce yourself in the same way you did previously to the receptionist. You can say something like "I am _name____ and it is a pleasure to meet you _interviewer name_."
2) Introduction during interview:
Nearly every interviewer will start with the traditional question "Tell me about yourself _your name_". This is a very easy question to answer however it takes a long time to get the answer refined. The interviewer wants to know why you are there and what you can do for them. You need to have a framework that gives specific message along with a marketing silver bullets. Essentially you are there trying to sell yourself to the Interviewer so answer the question and focus on what most interests the interviewer whilst highlighting your most important accomplishments. many people think that the interviewer wants to know about them as a person, however the interviewer wants to know that you can do the job, fit into the team and bring success to the company. If you state that why you are well qualified for the position and your work strengths you have brought exactly what the Interviewer is looking to buy to the the table. They want someone who is qualified, likable and do a good job so give them your selling point. Why you are the best candidate. Highlighting your most important and memorable accomplishment in a story is what the Interviewer is most likely to remember. By doing this you put yourself in the driver's seat and set yourself up for the next set of questions. When you are given the go ahead for the job interview you should have analyzed both the job description and the company itself. Knowing more about the company that you are interviewing for will only benefit you and in the case of the interviewer asking what you know about the company, will put you ahead of other candidates.
3) Skills, Experience, Qualifications
This part of the interview in which the interviewer asks about your technical abilities which should be at least the bare minimum of the items stated in the job description. Assuming that you have the relevant experience in the industry these questions will be easy to ask as you should have came across the situations before in your work experience. They may ask questions that are related to your ability to deal with change or difficult situations and you can refer back to previous occurrences in which you have dealt with these issues. The interview wants to see that you are competent enough to not only do the job at hand, but can handle the stress of the job and can adapt to changes that the job may spring up. The ability to handle complex situations and demonstrate a reliable nature will benefit you in this set.
4) KPI Response Questions
Every job will have different key performance indicators (KPI) and in the same industry there will be a similar theme between many of the roles. However, with the individual nuances of managers and differing company policy there will be questions that you may not be able to prepare for. However because of your research on both the company and the interviewer you will be able to give and educated answer with reference to your work experience and achievements in the past. In this case you may have a specific quota of work to get through every week, or you may be tasked with reducing the time tasks take by 10%. Key performance indicators should be specific and measurable, this way you and the interviewer can agree on them and set realistic goals going forward.
5) Salary Expectations
In nearly all interviews there comes the time in which the interviewer asks that dreaded question "What do you feel this position should pay?'. Giving a salary range allows flexibility and creates a situation in which your demands and the employers offer overlap at some point. You can say that positions similar to this one pay in the range of $A to $B in our region. With my experience, I would like to receive something in the range of $A to $B. One should emphasize that the job is the most important aspect of the package in your mind. This shows that you are more role orientated which will score points with the interviewer.
When in the interview do not mention financial pressures that may be under such as debts. Not only does this make it look like you can't budget correctly in your personal life but places more of an emphasis on you getting the job for monetary reasons over the job itself.
6) Special Conditions
Individual jobs may have different conditions and as a result these will be brought up in the interview. One of the special conditions may be that the contract states that you have to work every second Saturday or that overtime is paid at normal rate. Another special condition may include training schedules, new employee intake or remuneration packages. Some jobs offer new employees money to buy specific work attire or footwear. The best way to answer these questions is to take your time to answer the question because they may make or break your application.
7) Questions
Many people miss this opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the company or to find out more about the role not covered in the job description. Good questions to ask the interviewer include:
  1. How many people would be in the team that I would work in?
  2. When can I expect to hear from you?
  3. Would you like to see a list of references?
  4. What is the best thing about working for _company name_?
  5. What are the chances of career advancement at _company name_?
  6. Is this position new and if not what did the previous employee go on to do?
  7. Who would I report to should I be successful?