One significant selection criterion that is my strength in the interview for the job is my education qualifications, in this case my accounting skills and knowledge. In line with the education qualifications, my online certified accounting certificates also set me apart from my competitors. Though my education qualification, more so my enthusiasm in mathematics and high levels of numeracy will also act as my strength and set me apart from the other interviewees(Verhagen, 2008,p32). My hardworking attribute is my most valued strength, this has been evident during my various internships over the holidays and my good grades in school more sore in accounting units.. My knowledge of technical accounting skills and computer literacy which has enabled me to learn all that entails the accounting software’s also is a plus for me during the interview process; surprisingly this is one of the qualities being sought after in the interviews to be carried.

My personal trait is also another selection criterion that is also my strength. In this case, the interviewers will need a candidate who has a positive attitude and a strong personality (Holdren’s first interviews, 2013). My confidence and ability to be keen on details and accuracy also gives me some leverage in the interview process and in this particular job I score a plus on that. My good organization and planning attributes also sets me apart from the other interviewees. In line with this, my business acumen attribute is also a significantly strong selection criterion considering its importance in the accounting field (Jensen, 2013).

My eloquence in communication and ability to understand both written and spoken English is also another selection criterion that is my strength going forward to the interview. Thus, my high value of professionalism will set me apart from the other interviewees. On the other hand, my self-motivation attribute and ability to be an analytical thinker will give me a competitive advantage over the other interviewees as I will be able to tackle the questions from the panel professionally and intelligently (Rapp, 2007, pp.185-186). Consequently, my integrity, ability to be calm and work effectively under pressure is another strength I will bank on going to the interview.

Interviewee 1


One notable challenge with interviewee 1 was posture; these interviewee seemed not confident and calm enough judging by their sitting posture which revealed also some aspect of poor preparations for the interview.

I asked him to take three deep breaths and not think a lot about the interview. Also I told him to try and relax his muscles in order to ensure progressive muscle relaxation.

I informed the interviewee that I could not help but note his poor body posture. In this case I also informed him that I could tell that it was a result of him not being calm. In this case asked the interviewee to be calmer and take deep breaths and ensure he is more relaxed before coming to the interviewing room again.

When the interviewee came back for the interview he was in a much calmer state and his body posture had even improved. The challenge in this case was met through setting the mind of the interviewee in a much calmer state. I learnt that one not being calm can cause one to fail an interview despite them having all the other required attributes and qualifications. In future I will inform the interviewees in prior the need to be calm in an interview and how they can ensure that they are calm before stepping into an interview room. This would save them from losing a job opportunity due to their in ability to be calm; an issue that could be solved easily if interviewees have the know-how.

Interviewee 2


One notable challenge during the interview was the inability of the interviewee to be eloquent and audible. I drew this challenge from the interviewee inability to be confident. In this case I realised that the interviewee has a quite low self-esteem hence the mumbling instead of talking and answering the questions.

I therefore asked the interviewee to try and think of some of the positive things he had done before in order to boost his confidence levels. I also encouraged him to act positively even if he was not sure whether what he was saying or doing was right. I also encouraged him to kill any negative thoughts that popped up in his mind.

I took the liberty to inform the interviewee that he had manageable issues on eloquence and audibility. I further informed him on the negatives self-esteem has on people is not handled properly. Suggesting he gets rid of any negative thoughts popping up in his mind was my actionable decision at the moment and advised him to try and focus on positive things rather than negative. My advice was that he should act positively even if he was not sure what he was saying or doing.

On returning, he looked more rejuvenated and full of life. His confidence levels had tremendously spiked. This challenge was met through boosting the confidence level of the interviewee and enabling him to be able to believe in himself. I learnt that the confidence levels of an interviewee could easily result to them failing an interview. In the future I will inform the interviewees on the importance of high confidence levels prior to attending any interview. In this case I will give them workable tips on how they can boost their confidence levels.


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Rapp, R. (2007). The Strengths Perspective: Proving «My Strengths» and «It Works». Social Work, 52(2), pp.185-186.

Verhagen, E. (2008). On Interviews. Critique d’art, (32).