Tips for new job seekers: Interview techniques and training

  • A form of conversation, containing the sort of information you give people in your job or your qualifications.
  • A working dialog between interviewer and interviewee.
  • Getting interview training

    You're strongly advised to get training anyway, from a professional trainer. There's no real substitute for practical experience, and that's what you get.

    You need training if:

    • You lack confidence doing interviews
    • You've been getting interviews but not getting the jobs
    • You haven't done an interview for more than 3 years
    • Your performance isn't up to par, in your opinion
    • You've had feedback from interviewers indicating problems

    Special problems and personal issues: Getting specialist training

    Even expert professionals have a few flaws in their interview techniques. But some people have particular difficulties. Speech, body language, behavioral issues, and actual fear are among the truly tough problems, and you may need to consider getting specialist training in these areas.

    • Speech: Elocution training, in some cases public speaking, is advised.
    • Body language: Professional trainers can deal with this, but in difficult cases it might require more work.
    • Behavioral issues: People on medication for psychological or behavioral disorders often find interviews oppressive. They can't perform at all, and this requires qualified medical advice.
    • Fear: This is far more common than generally admitted. Severe cases require specialist training, with qualified psychological counseling.