7 Interview Tests Job Applicants Must Know

There are many interview tests that are conducted for job applicants by human resources personnel after the job applicants have passed the first stage of the interview. In the second stage of the interview, the human resources personnel and top management official of the company may be present and it is at this stage that most job applicants either make or mar their chances of being employed. The company interviewer will be interested in testing the job applicants in the following areas.

1) Dressing:
The dressing is an important aspect of the interview process. Your dressing will create the first impression anybody will have of you. When going for an interview it is advisable to dress properly and this will show a pleasant personality. You will be addressed according to the way you dress.
There are certain color combinations that are appropriate for an interview. There are certain colors that you should avoid. Colors such as red, green, and yellow should not be used to make your suit. Any of these colours will fit for any interview: ash, black, brown, navy blue. Job applicants must dress professionally when appearing before an interview panel. The following should be observed by men:
Putting on of solid colour conservative suit.
Long sleeve shirt that matches the colour of the suit.
Good conservative tie should be put on.
Limited use of jewellery
Put on dark socks and professional shoe
Clean shave
No bogus hair style
Carefully cut nails (manicured)
No putting on of over size suit
Carry a briefcase

2) Appearance
You send out different messages about yourself to the interviewer in the interview room or office. Ensure good personal conduct at this stage. Your interviewer will know if you are afraid, ashamed, nervous, careless e.t.c from the way you comport yourself.
Avoid looking down or up when walking. Walk and look straight. Look into the eyes of your interviewer and if you can not look into his/her forehead.

3) Sitting Posture
When you approach the interview panel and you noticed an empty seat, don’t keep standing for long if nobody offers you a seat to sit down. Don’t just sit down. Ask this question: may I sit down? Sit properly and face the interviewers. Don’t sit crossing your legs and looking down.

4) Entering the interview hall/office
It is a good behaviour or conduct to knock before entering any office whether for the purpose of interview or not. The knock should be moderate and must not be hard and should be done not more than three times. Some job applicants move into interview office without knocking or knocking so hard. Knocking must not be mild also as this depicts sign of nervousness or fear. Moderate knocking is good and it must be at intervals and periodically.
After knocking and there is no response, enter the office and if asked, who permitted you in, just say politely, I knocked but there was no response and since people are inside, I used my initiative to come in. This is part of the interview and they want to know if you can apply your initiative and defend yourself.

5) Handshake
The various patterns of shaking that we learnt on campus should be avoided when we are being put into handshaking test. Shaking with both hands, hitting hard on the other person’s hand should be avoided. If the interviewer offers to shake you, respond the way he/she shakes you. If firmly, responds firmly and if mildly, responds likewise. When he says, please to meet you, say please to meet you.

6) Answering Questions
During the interview, endeavour to answer questions clear and precisely. When asked questions, answer objectively and avoid trying to impress the interviewer with unnecessary grammar. Be honest with the answer you are giving at every point of the interview.

7) Body movement/language
Sitting with both arms and legs crossed and head down depicts lack of proper conduct and should be avoided. Not looking at the interviewer eye to eye portrays one that is afraid. Sitting restlessly on the chair that you are giving to sit on suggests that one is lazy.

This will help anyone who wants to know some of those tests that most job applicants take for granted. This is necessary for anyone seeking for job. Observe them when going out for any interview and you will be glad you did.


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