We get it, job interviews can make anybody go bonkers regardless of the experience and skills. They are daunting no matter how many interviews have you given previously. We are here to help you prepare for the most challenging interviews ever with the basic and most important tips.
A job interview is a process of an employer questioning a potential employee to check qualifications and to see if the interviewee fits the requirements for the job. This is a multi step process which sometimes involves written and/or practical tests to check the knowledge and experience of the interviewee. There are several ways to take an interview which not only can be done one on one but also on telephone, via video call or written and practical tests. A lot of candidates practice mock interview before appearing for the real one to point out their weaknesses and work on them. There are a lot of things one needs to keep in mind before going for an interview to give an edge over other candidates.
Let’s discuss most important ones here:
A CV is a summary of your job experience and educational qualification. It is the first thing that an employee as the reference to the potential employee. It is your best shot at making the great first impression. This should be precise, highlighting major points & milestones, give a little insight into applicant’s personality and to the point. A neat and informative CV can increase your chances of getting hired by 30%.
Analyze job description
This is an easy way to gauge the employer’s perspective and should be most definitely analyzed. These are brief pointers for what a company expects from the applicant and reading it can give subject to applicant to speak about. They might not be listed in the order of importance, but definitely include the points that may be asked by an interviewer during the interview.
No matter the trade or sector an applicant is appearing for an interview in, an introduction is always asked to the interviewee and is the basis of the questions and conversation that follows. A strong introduction is verbal CV packed with carrier highlights, educational achievements and personality traits. An introduction is to be directed to employee and should be spoken in firm and confidant tone.
Communication is the key to any job carried successfully. A firm tone and clear language exhumes confidence and expert level job knowledge. Speaking skills are extremely important in sectors like sales & marketing, hospitality, retail, customer care, public services etc and a smart, clear speaker is always chosen over dull ones. This sometimes shadows the job experience and promises better chances of selection. A good speaker is always inspiring, drives trust and gives confidence to bosses.
Neat and smart outfit
The dressing sense in an applicant is direct reflection of his personality. The outfit chosen for the interview should be well ironed, crisp and formal. Regardless of the nature of the job applied for, the first impression should be a great one. Weather the job environment is formal or casual, interview should always be done in business attire. Colors should be mild and cotton fabric should be used.
Before appearing for the interview, make sure to check employer’s website, company review and notes by previous applicants. It is very important to know the history of the company, how it progressed over the years and top management. This information is useful while interview for applicant as this gives direction to the answers to the questions asked by interviewee. There are various websites online that gives reviews by current and previous employees and are important for company insights.
Prepping the educational and experience docs is a very important step in interview process. All the docs are extremely important to provide legitimate proof of job experience and educational claims by a candidate. They should be chronologically arranged with ample number of copies available. They should be well kept and laminated as applying and getting a copy after losing one is a log and tiresome process.
Discipline and punctuality are the most liked traits in an applicant and are reflected by reaching the interview site on or before time. This reflects strong integrity and progressive thinking of the applicant. On time arrival might not create a big impact but if one is late for the interview, it gives a huge disadvantage to the applicant. Arriving on time for the interview shows seriousness of the applicant and is beneficial for employer’s future reference too.
Closing an interview
Once the interview is over, it should always be closed on a happy note with a firm handshake and heartfull smile. This eclipses any misses in the interview from applicant’s side and gives a great impression to remember the applicant. Applicant should always be courteous and thank the interview panel for the chance of appearance.
One of the most important and overlooked parts in the interview process id the body language of the applicant. It should be firm, confidant and welcoming. Any negative body language like crossed hands, bent back, lowered neck reduces the interviewee confidence in the applicant and leads the interview to a negative path.