You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.
1. ) This quiz is designed to help you assess your preparedness and to determine how ready you are to appear for an interview. The issues in this quiz are discussed. Which of the following should you not do while preparing for a job interview?
Research the company and the industry.
Prepare answers to all the questions you are likely to be asked.
Gather the testimonials, certificates and other papers you may need to take with you.
Plan to ask about the salary and perquisites at the beginning of the interview.
2. ) You should dress similar to or better than the people on the job you are being interviewed for.
Yes / No
3. ) You should wear your best perfume / after-shave for the interview.
Yes / No
4. ) Which of the three is the most important?
A nice smile, fresh breath and a clean appearance
Making eye contact, speaking clearly and intelligently and showing interest
5. ) You will get the job if you are the candidate with the best qualifications.
Yes / No
6. ) How long before an interview should you arrive?
a) 1 minute.
b) 15 minutes.
c) 30 minutes.
d) 60 minutes.
7. ) The most important part of the interview is….
a) The first thirty seconds
b) The manner in which you answer
c) The end
d) The whole time
8. ) If you do not know the answer to a question should you….
a) Sit back and keep quiet?
b) Mumble an answer or bluff?
c) State you do not know the answer?
d) Repeat the question, thereby giving yourself time to think?
9. ) If your interviewer is not impressed or interested in an achievement you think is very important, should you….
a) Enquire why he does not think it is important?
b) Carry on regardless and repeat it again when you think it will have an impact?
c) Continue and let the interviewer draw his own conclusions?