Interviewing is a vital skill for any journalist. It is one of the most important ways to gather information and create content for a story. The interview is one of the last steps of the hiring process. It offers both the opportunity to meet, exchange information and come to tentative conclusion about whether you are a good fit for the organization/position and whether the organization/position are a good fit for you or not.
Learning and appreciating your story is a prerequisite to any interview process.
The interview is a two way process. You evaluate the employer while he/she evaluates you. In the short amount of time that you will spend with a potential employer, you will either be screened in or screened out, so you must project yourself in a positive, enthusiastic manner. Interview can be a very stressful experience, even for the most reasoned job seekers. You must know your worth and be comfortable expressing it. Going into an interview with confidence not only instants boost one’s drive and enables them to share their value with ease, but also shows the interviewer the qualities they expect their employers to have. A confident interviewee is one who is confident in their abilities and value to the company.
Interview is one of the most important parts of job search process. It should be regarded as a focused business conversation.
A job interview is a systematic, purposeful conversation. The employee’s goal is to show the employer that he/she has the skills, background and ability to do the job and that he/she successfully fit into the company and its culture. Most employers do not hire on the basis of qualification alone- personality, confidence, enthusiasm, a positive look and excellent communication skills weigh in heavily on the selection process.
Once you land the interview, start planning for it immediately. This is one of the most important interview techniques, the sooner you begin planning, the less over whelmed you will feel the day of the interview when you are already feeling anxious. For the candidate the goals of interview can be to obtain information about the job and the organization, to communicate important information about you and to favorably impress the employer. And for the interviewer the goals of interview can be to promote the organization and attract the best possible candidate, to assess how well the candidate’s qualifications match the job requirements.
Interviewing for a job is nerve-whacking experience for many people.
You may feel comfortable “selling” yourself or fielding unexpected questions or may be the prospect of having to meet and impress new people is enough to trigger your anxiety. Every industry and company has its own method, and process for selecting the best candidate. Some companies use behavioral interviewing techniques and others ask job applicants how they would respond to specific difficult situations.
The interview starts long before you appear in the interviewer’s office. You will need to take some time to prepare for the interview by researching the organization, evaluating your goals, reviewing how you might respond to commonly asked questions and developing your own questions for the interviewer.