The interview process is an integral and important part of the professional world today.
Depending on the job you are applying for, the process can be long drawn and complex or it can be simple and quick. However, all job interview processes are carried out over a template which is more or less general to all interviews.
This article will introduce you to the first interview process. This series of articles contains:
- Introduction – First quick tips
- Preparation tips and Important advice
- First impression count
- Questions that are asked in the first round interview.
Today, most interviews are divided into four parts, wherein the first interview is a general screening process, often performed by a secretary or assistant.
Essential Tips for you First Interview
Here are some tips for your first interview:
1. The 1st interview can be a telephone interview or a face to face interview
Clearly, you will set up the interview according to the mutual availability of the prospective employee and the employee.
If a physical meet is not possible, a phone interview can be carried out. A telephone interview is not your first choice. If it is the best one however, at least set it for a time when you will certainly be undisturbed. Note that the telephone job interview is the first selection method carried out by many companies.
2. An initial introduction
Secondly, remember that though the first interview is just an initial introduction, it is the first interview that will be a stepping stone to all the other interviews.
There have been countless cases where a very formidable potential employee was not a part of the company because he or she did not take the first interview seriously. Therefore, be prepared for the first interview as you would be prepared for the final interview. Make sure that you have all the information that is needed for and is relevant to the interview.
3. Think about your next interviews and the information you pass on
Another important aspect of the first interview is that one should not divulge all the information that one has about themselves at the first interview.
The first interview is mostly undertaken by a person quite low in the firm’s hierarchy and therefore does not require all of your information. Remember! If you divulge all the information about yourself in the first interview, you will not have anything for the second, third and fourth interview and you may even appear repetitive.
Alternatively, do not withhold any information. Simply put, give all the information about yourself in brief, and then describe it in detail when you meet the person who would require the detailed information.
4. How to dress for an interview :
Read – dressing for a job interview article.
These are some of the major topics to consider while preparing for the first interview.