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HOW TO COPE WITH AN INTERROGATIVE INTERVIEW

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Once you are at the level of being interviewed (i.e the interview stage), you are so close to the finish line, at least there is hope of getting the job (if you don’t fumble at this stage). At this stage, you have to do all you can to outshine your other competitors that also survive the stage.

This period of interview is very crucial. Now you have reached the stage, it is not because of favoritism but because your interviewer/employer thinks you are fit for the job. So always bear in mind that the purpose of an interview is to get you acquainted and maybe finally get you employed. An interview is not a thing that should frighten you, as some have taken it to be, it is a very good opportunity for you to evaluate your employer (e.g there are cases of employees that rejected job offers which they feel is not worth it. So you see, often times the employer may even be in more need than you).

In situations where a candidate is faced with interrogative questions from the interviewer (especially the unfriendly ones), he/she maybe forced to answer incorrectly, because of tension and probably as fast as possible, so as to get out of the place immediately. It is normal for a candidate in that situation to feel at a loss because the interviewer holds the decision making power to either hire or reject the candidate.

If you as a candidate is faced with this type of interviewer, don’t panic but maintain a courteous and calm composure and respond to the interviewer’s questions politely. Outlined below are some tips that will help you cope with interrogative interview:-

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
1.    Find out as much as you can about the company.
2.    Try to get any information about their interviewers, if possible.
3.    Find out about the job and be ready also to explain about it.
4.    Prepare a list of questions you think is mostly asked during interviews
5.    Arrange all your necessary items you will need for the interview.
6.    Ensure you know how to locate the place on time (maybe a day or two) before the interview day. This is ti prevent lateness that may disqualify you.

DURING THE INTERVIEW
1.    Be yourself:- Know yourself and what makes you a winner. Go into the interview with a strong and positive mindset about yourself (i.e who you really are, your skills, values, achievements, etc. ensure to portray that unique skills in you that will make you stand out in the crowd).
2.    Be confident:- Draw confidence from this fact that you are a ure contender, face the interviewer confidently and be professional when answering questions, even though they may ask in an intruding or interrogative manner.
3.    Maintain good eye contact and other positive body language.
4.    Remember this interview stage is the stage you market yourself in person and not in paper again. So with the detailed researched information you have gotten about the company, their latest press and media release and even the post you are looking for, demonstrate your knowledge, information and personal connections with the company that the other applicants cannot demonstrate.
5.    Use some humor (but be serious) to communicate your facts. Wear a smiling face and ensure you dress professionally.
6.    Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake (but allow the interviewer to stretch his/her hand first).
7.    Remain standing, until you are asked to sit (but if you are not asked to do so for a long time, you can seek for permission to sit, but do it in a polite manner, like “ may I sit down please”).
8.    Address your interviewer formally (for instance using sir/ma/madam) not by name, unless you are asked to do so.
9.    Be attentive and show genuine interest when the interviewer is talking.
10.    Ensure to answer all questions intelligently.
11.    Speak about your accomplishment with pride but avoid being boastful and arrogant.

AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW
1.    Still maintain a controlled sense of humor
2.    Leave a good impression that you still remain the best. Ensure you leave your interviewer thinking that you are the one he just have to hire.
3.    Thank your interviewer for his/her time.
4.    You can enquire to know their next action (i.e if you are not told anything about the next action)

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