To help students feel secure and prepare properly for interviews, the Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) offered a workshop on "Interview Skills" on December 8, 2022. Ms. Nadia Rahman, Assistant Professor at DEH, conducted the workshop.
Ms. Rahman emphasized the need to have confidence and preparation because candidates are most judged on these qualities. Ms. Rahman highlighted that an interviewer might be impressed by an applicant’s zeal, initiative, intellect, and confidence. She suggested that students should tackle any situation that may occur during an interview with confidence. Ms. Rahman also workshopped the idea by interacting with the students and asking a number of questions that they had to answer, and later she gave the students advice on how to accurately and effectively manage certain circumstances. She spoke about common interview blunders and offered further advice on how to handle challenging questions.
Ms. Rahman added that being punctual helps to reduce anxieties and prepping to handle the conversation. This is a key to making a positive first impression. One of the most important pieces of advice was to carefully research the basic goal and objectives of the organization or firm that is applied to. After that, candidates should modify their responses to the specific needs of the firm. She also gave advice on how applicants should dress formally, be aware of their body language, and present themselves. Carrying small handbags or neatly packed documents can help applicants avoid awkward situations. Since the purpose of the interview is to learn more about the candidate, the latter must attract the interviewers' attention by speaking passionately about their talents, ambitions, and objectives.
At the end of the workshop, Ms. Rahman encouraged the students to be passionate and keep applying for jobs, considering them even if the remuneration is low. During an enthusiastic question and answer session, Ms. Rahman urged the students to be assertive and provided more guidance in response to their queries.
Report by Sadia Mukarrama (191013002)