12 Jun TOP 10 TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR A JOB INTERVIEW
So it seems that the time is just right for you because all your hard work of job hunting has paid off! You think the hassle is all over and done with? You probably are wrong! While there is absolutely no denying that it takes a great deal of time and effort to scan through plethora of job profiles and shortlist the ones you are interested in, and more importantly, to build a strong CV and a promising cover letter, but there is more to the picture than what you might think!
The next important thing for you is to focus on everything that is needed to create an impeccable impression in the eyes of your interviewer. Right from your outer appearance to your mental grooming, every aspect of your Job Interview is important. Of course you can find plenty of information on various search engines on some basic and important interview questions. But for your convenience, we have compiled a list of some very important tips that can help you get an extra edge on your big day. Take a look at them:
- Research about the Company
A thorough research about the company is the first most important step with an interview planned ahead of you. Doing so can help you in understanding their business and also in giving you a slight idea of what direction the interview might be heading to. Browse through company’s website, all their social media pages, blogs and PR to understand their tone of business and how they conduct themselves in the social circuit. Glassdoor is also a great platform to learn about what their current and previous employees think about the company.
- Know your employer well
A day or two prior, try and get the list of interviewers from their HR whom you might be facing. With their names handy, it can be easier to look them up on LinkedIn or on company’s website and know their term of association with the company, their roles and responsibilities and their social activities. Understand their interests and core competencies and brace yourself for interview accordingly.
- Know their products or services
Be well acquainted with the company’s products and/or services as this is what most of the interview is bound to revolve around. Even better is to try out their products or services on you to get a hands-on experience and know all the intricacies associated with them. After all, how do you expect yourself to be a value addition for the company unless you are a loyal user to these products and service yourself? Besides, it can also give you a positive edge in the eyes of your interviewer that you have prepared yourself well for the interview. You can also take feedback from actual customers to learn what they think of the company’s products or services.
- Prepare Mock Interview
With most of the preparation and research done, framing interview questions in mind can now be an easier task. Reach out to your friends or family and do a practice interview with them. This can give you the confidence to face the actual interview and plenty of time to improve your posture, body language or your answers. Encourage them to ask you questions that are off-beat and challenging to give you a real picture of where you stand.
- Keep your Documentation intact
Spare a few minutes and make a list of what all documents are required on the day of the interview. Read through the company’s job description or speak to the company’s HR to make sure you don’t miss out on the important paperwork. Prepare your interview kit that should have all your interview must-haves: four to five copies of your resume, a note pad, your identification details, all relevant documents to support your credentials, contact details of all your referees along with copies of their reference letters. Do not forget to give a heads up to your references that the new employer might contact them.
- Arrive Early
On the morning of the interview, give yourself some relaxed time to keep your head in place. Take a look at the company’s location, possibility of traffic and direction of the venue a night before. Arrive around 10 minutes early and utilise that time to compose yourself before the interview. Turn off your cell phones or any other interruptions to make sure your interview is a smooth sailing one. After all, you really do not want to panic on the big day and loose out your confidence by being late.
- Dress Appropriately
Plan your choice of interview outfit the night before the interview. Do a thorough research on the dress code policy of the company from their website and make sure to adhere to it. Doing this creates an impression of inclusion with the employer Make sure your clothes are ironed, shoes are shining and personal hygiene is well taken care of. Respecting the company’s policy is crucial and their dress code is a great way to represent yourself to the organization. Keep your look basic yet conservative and not too much over the top on the first day. Pamper yourself a day before the interview to look well-kept and relaxed on the big day.
- Focus on your core strengths
During the entire process of learning about the company, it is important not to deviate too much from your own core strengths and competencies. Introspect and spend quality time thinking about your own skills set and accomplishments, things that made you land an interview in the first place. Always remember to be confident enough to justify all the interpersonal skills you mentioned about yourself in the interview. Be fully prepared to answer the one question interviewers love to ask, “tell me about yourself” in the best way possible to give a confident head start to the interview that follows.
- Ask any Questions when required
Consider your job interview as a two-way street where not only does your employer get to know about you, but it is also a great chance for you to learn new things about the company. It is important for you to have a crystal clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities and what the company expects out from you. Asking relevant questions gives your employer an indication that you are thoroughly prepared and is always a good sign and demonstrates your interest in the company. So make sure that next time when you are asked this “Do you have any questions?” towards the end of your interview, refrain from saying “No”.
- Maintain your code of conduct
Taking care of basic etiquettes leaves an ever-lasting impression in the eyes of your employer and shouldn’t be ignored at all. An overall good communication skills package encapsulates not only sound speaking ability but active listening skills too. So make your employer feels that he is well heard. Stay alert to every information given out by your employer directly or indirectly. Stand straight, make eye contact and connect with a firm handshake. Don’t forget, your non-verbal communication is just as important.