BH Careers International - Job Interview Preparation

Whether you are invited to a job interview because of the positive impression you made during one of your referral interviews or as a result of sending your resume in response to an advertised position, you now have achieved what you have been working toward since you began your job search campaign - an interview! You will have the opportunity to determine whether this job opening is a good fit for your skills as well as demonstrate to the employer that your pattern of accomplishments makes you a good fit for the position and organization.

What is a job interview?

When you are clearly being interviewed for a specific position, you are in a job interview. You will go through more than one interview before you are offered the position. Except for entry-level positions, few offers are made during the first interview. Indeed most of our clients go through multiple interviews sometimes more than five before receiving an offer. So don't expect an offer at the first interview and don't be discouraged if after a second interview you still do not have a job offer. As long as there are future interviews scheduled or likely with the employer, you are still in the running. In fact, a greater number of interviews give both you and the employer more opportunities to determine whether the job is a good fit for your motivations and your skills. Keep an upbeat and positive manner throughout each interview even your fourteenth interview with the very same company!

Interview Preparation Steps

Learn how to research the position, the employer, and organization before you go to an interview. At the very minimum, you should know something about the position the duties and responsibilities and salary range. You acquire this information by talking to fellow professionals and human resource personnel in other organizations as well as by examining data on such positions in salary studies available from professional associations and websites.

Gathering data, however, should be only the beginning of your preparation. The following is an outline for interview preparation steps:

Gather Data

Formulate Examples of Effectiveness

Anticipate Questions and Formulate Responses

Frame Questions to Ask


Plan Your Image

Prepare for Several Interviews (Top level jobs are rarely offered during the first interview)

Employment Trends

It is very difficult to tell somebody which job to choose if he would like to work in his chosen vocation even in 30-40 years’ time. It is not easy even for the parent to which direction to shepherd his or her child, whether to force him to learn to play the piano or rather to force foreign language courses, karate by chance so that his descendant could defend himself among the ruins of our civilisation.

It can be evaluated in many ways, but it is without doubt that big companies and state governments have formed such a special partnership where not necessarily the government is the dominant party. Galbraith, an American economist, who used to be President John F. Kennedy’s advisor, called attention in his book called New Industrial State to the fact that between big companies and the public sector there are so big links that make the USA’s economy somehow similar to planned economy that is typical of socialism. (His opinion about the surface differences between the two opposing world trends and substantive similarities is well exemplified by Galbraith’s old saying: “In capitalism people exploit people. In communism it happens just inversely.)

In the 1970s, perhaps because of Galbraith, the convergence theory became popular with intellectuals, according to which the two world orders “capitalism and communism” actually work on the basis of similar principles and they are heading for the same direction. Today it may seem to be funny. Evidently, effectiveness of a former socialist big company cannot be compared to present day multinationals. Even though, there are some similarities, that is both organisations can elicit big sums of money from the state.

“Nowadays the determination of the state to provide its citizens with welfare is greatly obstructed by the freedom of capital, because if conditions of taxation and employment are unfavourable, it leaves the country”, wrote George Soros in his work called Crisis of Global Capitalism. Thus, big companies are in good bargain positions against the government's, let they be of any kind of colour.

Freelancers, “the trade unions' nightfall”

Where are the full time positions disappearing?

Why are nine-to-five jobs in the traditional sense are forced back and why the entrepreneur-style employment or other atypical employment forms are spreading nowadays? The answer is very simple. The environmental pollution of a given company can be considered as emission of harmful substances and as it is one of the production expenses. But the cost is not paid by the firm but the society in the form of low-quality water or air, lung cancer and others.

The firm makes its expense exterior. This approach got into the mainstream of economics thanks to Coase and Pigou’s works. It has become the main ideological basis of environment protection taxes. To make expenses exterior is essential for every company. Not because the company leaders are wicked, although there may be some among them, but the logic of economic life dictates it. If the company is big enough and it is superior to its partners, it can make its expenses exterior more easily.

A big commercial firm can collect shelf prize for example, and a part of the sales expense can be burdened on its suppliers. Really big factories can afford that they order for shorter period of time and smaller quantities from their suppliers at favourable prices. So the big company reduces its storage expenses and the supplier itself has to maintain a big warehouse because of this, to be able to satisfy a big (probably the only) customer's changing demands. The companies with one or two exceptions have bigger superiority nowhere but opposite their own employees. The companies have strong economic interest in getting rid of expenses related to traditional form of employment.

Paid annual holiday, notice period, severance pay and of course the accessory costs are expenses that the company's shift to others with pleasure. Nobody can blame them because of this. Why should they do anything differently from the way what their economic interest dictates. All this implies that the labour market turns into a more flexible one. However, flexibility means that employees' safety decreases. All this has social expenses just as environmental pollution.

Stress, stomach-related diseases, indebted families getting into misery unexpectedly. Somebody has to bear expenses, there is no free lunch. Atypical employment forms are necessary, of course. Particularly we mean those forms that leave the employees' employee rights, for example part-time employment. The safety of the traditional employment does not suit all employees because of its constraints. For the majority it would suit very well but it is not available for everybody after all.

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