A broad overview of the job interview process

Reading this title, I am sure you thought you will find some key question-answers that would tilt the balances of the interviewer towards you. This article will show you that there are much more important aspects to an interview than the actual interview.

When you find yourself at the interview table, you are in fact in the middle of your journey; not at the end as most would prefer to think. The beginning of the journey starts when you put your CV together to apply for a job. The following would be the logical steps that are involved in a job search:

  • Put together a professional CV
  • Look for jobs in your line of interest by
    • checking out vacancy advertisements
    • enlisting with leading placement agencies in the area
    • networking with well-wishers, friends, relatives
    • making cold calls with companies that you would like to join
    • take up job specific training which assures placement
  • Receive reject letters
  • Receive call letters (interview)
  • Research for interview (company details, culture, vision, mission, financial status, presence in market, future projected, competition, level of employee satisfactions, etc)
  • Appear for interview
  • Send thank you note for being given a chance to appear for interview
  • Request your references to reinforce recommendation (this works only if the reference person is influential enough to make a difference, and if you really think the job is THE job for you)
  • Following up the post-interview development
  • Getting an offer
  • Negotiating the offer
  • Rejecting the offer
  • Accepting the offer