The Job Interview

Wall Street Journal – Counter Offer Advice

The most common interview is the one to one where only the interviewer and the interviewee is present.

The interview starts when the interviewee meets the interviewer. A lot is read in body language signs and other non-verbal communication. Another important fact to remember is the clothes.

Questions asked by the interviewer will normally be a combination of technical, general, behavioural and skills.

General questions will analyze your problem solving abilities, your ability to socialize with the rest of the team as well as independently.

With Behavioural questions the interviewer would like the interviewee to always use previous achievements to back any facts you mention when answering questions.

In order to have a successful One to One Interview both parts must be prepared.

Questions asked should be 100% related to the information you need to gather and don´t forget that as an interviewer you need to be confident and make your interviewee feel comfortable, otherwise you may not get the right attitude and answers, not only wasting valuable time but also making the candidate uninterested in the position.

As the interviewee in a one to one interview, your responses are used to judge whether you are a reliable and credible source.

Keep your attention focused on what the interviewer is saying. You may be tempted to look around the room as the interviewer questions you, or you may find the interviewer incredibly boring regardless, if you break eye contact, he/she will think you are hiding something or are not very assertive.

Employers often prefer multiple rounds of one to one interviews to get a better feel for the candidate and to be certain they are making a good employment decision.

Preparation for each interview is very important and the candidate should go through the job requirements in detail also try to find out who is doing the next interview and what their title is this will also guide you in your preparation.