A job interview is an interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and a representative of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired. Interviews are one of the most popularly used devices for employee selection.
More often than not, applicants are very nervous about the interview process because it comes with a lot of uncertainties. This is why this list has been prepared, to help applicants prepare adequately for thid process.
1. Do your research
Doing a research on the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company’s needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself in the interview.
2. Look sharp
Choose what to wear to the interview. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes and check them over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don’t want to look like you slept in your outfit. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.
3. Be prepared
Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.
4. Be punctual
Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like getting lost.
5. Show confidence
A firm handshake and plenty of eye contacts demonstrates confidence. Speak confidently, even though you might be anxious.
6. Be attentive
One of the most neglected interview skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said.
7. Answer the questions asked
Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure.
8. Give detailed examples
Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance.
9. Ask questions
Be inquisitive. The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job.
10. Follow up
Whether it’s through email or regular mail, the interview follow-up is one more chance to remind the interviewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. Don’t miss the chance to get yourself a job
Good luck out there!!!