A job interview is one of the most intimidating ways of making first impression. However, it’s also an opportunity to get on your employer’s good side, which can give you a edge over even those applicants whose credentials are better than yours. How well you perform will determine what you get from the employers. The following tips can help you prepare well for a job interview.
RESEARCH THE COMPANY’S PROFILE AND BACKGROUND
Look into their future goals and plans.You should also be ready to talk in depth about the industry, the organization, and the position you are applying for. Talk to the current employees, learn as much as you can about the company from them. The ability to know more about the company gives you more advantage over other applicants.
PREPARE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER
Prepare appropriate questions to ask your interviewer. Participating actively during the interview gives a good impression of your level of interest in the job. It’s a good idea to come prepared with at least three thought-provoking questions to ask your interviewer. Ask questions to bond with the interviewer and project your enthusiasm. Engage questions that reflect your interest in future prospects.
Show that you are attentive by asking more details about the topic of discussion. All these shows that you are on the same page with the people you want to be working with.
PREPARE FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF QUESTIONS
Anticipate questions from the interviewer. It’s best to prepare for a wide variety of questions by thinking about your own career goals, long-term plans, past successes, and work strengths, but you should also brace yourself for the deceptively simple questions that most employers like to throw at their interviewees.
Be prepared for questions such as; what is your weakness? Why do you need this job?. Be honest and learn to admit you do not know everything or something.
In any workplace, your wardrobe is a sign of your professionalism and is sometimes used to gauge your level of competence. When your coworkers and customers look at you, they should immediately feel comfortable working with you. It’s easy to rule yourself out of a job just because you didn’t take care of your appearance. You should dress for the interview the way you would for the job itself. If the job is unusually casual, however, you might want to show up in business-casual clothes, but it’s always better to be formal. Both men and women should choose subdued colors (blues, browns, grays, black) which make a professional impression.
SHOW UP IN THE BEST SHAPE
Show up in the best possible shape. Make sure you know exactly how to get there and, if you drive, just where to park so that you can arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time. Go to bed early the day (or the days) before the interview so that you look rested and healthy on the big day. Bring an extra copy of your resume, CV, and/or references in case your interviewer wants to go over any points with you or neglects to bring their own copy.
If the interview is in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and foods high in vitamin E. They will help improve brain function and leave you feeling more alert and invigorated.
KEEP THINGS SHORT AND SIMPLE
Talking about yourself can be very difficult to do well: You’re trying to convince someone you don’t know that you’re qualified for a position without sounding too cocky or pompous. Stick to what you know well, and keep things short and sweet.
Do not use slang. Talk about what other people think you do well. Say it with the right touch of confidence and humility. And do not criticize your former employer.