You might have become a professional in making CVs, cover letters and so on but you might not be so well versed in having interviews. So that you can negotiate the interview phase well, it’s probably time to understand how an interview goes. Below are 10 tips that will aid you in understanding how the interview goes and how to navigate through them.
In order for the interview to go well, you’ll need to have a knowledge of the company whose job description you applied for. It is important that you understand the job requirements, understand the employer as well as the background of the person or persons that are interviewing you. The better the research you make, the more relaxed and confident you’ll be when answering questions related to the company as well as yourself. Make sure you search through their websites, ask around or even look through different search engines.
Before the interview day, you’ll have to prepare a variety of answers to different questions. You would want to know if the interview will be one on one or two on one. You would want to know or imagine all the questions they might ask you and tailoring your answer to them. One of the best ways of remembering answers is to put them in such a way that you can remember and easily answer during the interview. If you look around, you’ll find that there are lots of tools that you can use in order to aid you.
You’ll have to check the dress code of the organization before going to an interview. Most of the time you need to wear casual or professional clothing when going for the interview to show that you really want it. Make sure the clothes fit well on you and is well ironed. Any accessories should be kept to the minimum, like a simple watch. Make sure you smell good and do not smoke or do anything that will make you look bad or put a stain before the interview.
Being punctual is something that all employers like and you should make sure you are arriving at least 15-30 minutes before the interview. These 15 minutes will get you enough time to feel relax and prepare yourself mentally for the interview. Once you arrive early, you’ll also be able to observe the workings of the company and get used to it. It is also important to make extra copies of your application resume or CV about 24 hours before. Make sure that you have a working pen on you and a small notebook to take notes if required. Lastly, make sure your phone is off as you enter the building.
In order to make a good impression, you’ll have to be well mannered and offer greetings to everyone from the receptionist to the team that will interview you. You don’t want to be rude to any staff members in the workplace as senior employers might be watching and will take this into account when deciding to hire you. Remember to smile when you get in the room and to make a good impression since it can make the interview much easier for you.
Your goal is to respond to questions in an authentic and confident manner. That will provide you with the foundation of answering the other questions that will follow up. Answers should also show that you are a professional, have the necessary skills, and is all that the employer needs. All your responses should be short and directly to the point, no one wants to hear the story of your life. Sometimes you’ll get baited by several interviewers to badmouth former employer but never give in to it. The interview should be about you and not how you feel about a former boss.
Although answers to the different questions are the most important if you present a body language that shows a “don’t care” attitude, then it might prove to be a reason that they do not hire you. Nodding, smiling, having a solid posture are good forms of body language that you should be looking into before going to the interview. Touching your face too often, not making eye contact, slouching can be detrimental forms of body language that the interviewer will take into account when evaluating you.
Interviewee that asks questions is held in high regard by interviewers since it shows an applicant’s interest in the job. It is important to ask a question even if the employer has already said everything when explaining the different tasks, what is expected and so on. This will result in them knowing that you are curious and have done your research. If you wish to be smart then those questions should be prepared before the interview and you can add more to that list as the interview goes on.
Most of the time, the most qualified candidate is not selected but rather the one that does his best in responding to different questions as well as showing that they are the one that should be given the job. In order to get the job, you have to be a salesman selling a product, and that product is yourself. You need to show that you have the ability to match the ambitions of the employer as well as propelling it to success and solve any sort of problems along the way.
Make sure you thank the different interviewers you’ve had after every interview to show that you are a polite and well-mannered person. You can either thank them verbally or do so by shaking their hands before leaving. If the interview was by e-mail, then send the thanks by e-mail. It will always be a plus to be polite and it might prove to be the difference between you and another candidate.