How to Prepare for a Job Interview
Interviewing for a job can be one of the most drawn-out and intimidating ways of
making first impression. Nevertheless, it is also your opportunity to shine and show
what you have to offer to the company. Being prepared for the interview is the most
important part of landing a job. Knowing what to do and how to react to the situation,
will give you a distinct edge over even those applicants whose credentials are better than yours.
To prepare for a job interview, use these pointers:
Write a detailed and honest resume
Resume should reflect your work history, strengths, skills, experiences, education level, awards, and accomplishments. Check for any grammatical mistakes. At the time of interview,take at least two copies of your resume with you.
Applying for the job
Send a cover letter along with your resume explaining why you are interested in the job and what makes you a good candidate for the position.Check job engines every day and apply for the positions based on your experience and qualifications. Check your emails daily for possible job interview invitations.Reply promptly to any emails or phone calls.
Understand the company
Understanding the company will help you ask right questions and show your interest in the job. Do your research, use Google and LinkedIn to learn the skills and experience the company values. You can also find out information on the employer’s career page to get an idea of the type of employees they desire. In addition, reach out to current employees who work there and ask them about what their employer values most in the workplace. Find out the products and services the company provides. By having a general idea of who the company’s clients are and the types of products and services offered, you’ll be more prepared for the interview.
Dress for Success
Wear professional suit/dress or skirt and dress conservatively. Keep jewelry to a minimal, wear mild perfume and apply light make- up. Wear neutral colors like navy blue, beige or black. Do not wear jeans or a fancy dress to the interview.You want to look professional and give a good first impression.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early and introduce yourself to the receptionist. Be pleasant and patient. Put your phone on vibrate or even better turn off your phone during the interview.
Show Confidence, enthusiasm & energy
Sit straight, maintain eye contact with the interviewer, and place your hands either on the table or on your lap. Avoid repeating the same answer. Stay calm ,be confident and bring out your enthusiasm for the job. High energy & positive attitude will surely help you to secure the job.Be natural and Do not overdo it.
Do not say anything negative about your former employers & co-workers .It is not a good idea to be negative in a job interview about anything, especially when it comes to discussing your former employer. An interviewee badmouthing his or her former employer raises a red flag in most Human Resource departments. You should cast even the worst previous employment experience in a positive light.
Be prepared for commonly asked questions
Why are you interested in this job? why did you leave your previous job? What makes you a good candidate for this position? What are your strengths & weaknesses? Tell me about yourself. This is the time for you to shine. Practice your questions and answers before the interview. Give to the point answers.
Ask the right questions
Ask the questions regarding the type of position, about the company. Do not start by asking the salary & benefits.Let the interviewer explain what the company offers to potential candidates first.
Be honest - Do not over promise
Make sure you let the interviewer know the actual hours you can work, any upcoming vacations and the date you can start the job. Do not say things just to land the job.