You have to be very careful when preparing for interview. In order to be successful in an interview you need to ace the following in order to land to your dream job.
- Research the company – Hiring managers tend to ask questions related the job opening and your knowledge about the working of the company. Some of the most common questions asked are – How do you perceive the company’s position in its industry, about the firm’s competitors, competitive advantages of the company, and suggested ways to move forward. So instead of sitting blank and avoiding an embarrassing situation it is better to thoroughly research the company’s profile
- Sell Yourself – Be prepared with 4-5 key points to show your worth and what makes you the best candidate for the job opening. Use suitable example to support your position. Also be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – Some of the key points to cover are your job interests, valuable you bring to the organization, and skills set to perform on-the-job. So no matter how good you are it becomes crucial to sell yourself else the hiring manager would think you aren’t really interested in the job.
- Prepare for Defense – Very less often it is asked to the interviewee to be defensive. But it is equally important to prepare your defense. Hiring managers have dozens and dozens of resume and interview lined up to screen, so you have to be ready to defend your position. The recruiter may think you are not the best fit for this position but you should be ready to defend with valid justification to clarify your stand.
- Prepare for common interview questions – You would find a long list of common interview questions on any of the websites or interview preparation tips, but what is more important is to understand correct methods and questions to prepare. Create a list of most commonly asked questions with reference to your profile and then think about how you are most likely to encounter the questions so that you don’t have to stress during the actual interview round.
- Prepare your questions for the hiring manager – Having no questions to ask the interviewer is equivalent to coming blank to the interview. So it is always suggested to come to the interview with some intelligent questions for the recruiter to demonstrate your knowledge about the company as well as your intent to do the job. Generally the interviewers conclude by asking if you have any questions, so no matter what, you should always have one or two questions ready. You can ask questions such as –
o “What do you think is the best thing about working here?”
o “What kind of person would you most like to see fill this position?”
- Practice, practice, and practice – Always come prepared with a answer to prepared list of question. Practice 10 times, and you will notice that you would sound a lot smoother and more articulate. Whichever method you choose to practice (either with a friend or record), make sure while practicing speak aloud – Do not rehearse your answer in your mind.
- First Impression: Research indicates that hiring manager make up their minds about the candidates in the first five minutes of the interview – and thereafter spends the rest of the interview time looking to confirm that decision. So it becomes crucial to get the right first impression in the first five minutes to get there. Show your energy and enthusiasm, appreciate the interviewer’s time as they have tough time scrutinizing thorough the pool of resumes.
- Be positive – Stop complaining and leave behind all your negative experiences during an interview. So even if the interviewer is pushing you towards the point blank try to keep your calm and mould the question in your favor.
- Copy of your resume – Irrespective of the fact that you have already submitted the resume previously it is always suggested to have a copy of your resume with you when you go to every interview. Save the interviewers and your time by keeping a copy of the interview and show your preparedness for the job. Please note that the copy of your resume should not be crumbled with stains all over it, remember your resume represents you, so you better be careful.
- Right body language – Your appearance and your body language is the first representation of your beliefs and ethics. Now body language includes a lot of things such as your attire, eye contact, greeting, posture, communication and overall persona.
- Never give up – No problem if you have had a bad interview for a job which you though would be a great fit for you, still don’t give up! You can always write a thank you note or, send an email, or call the interviewer to ask what they think went wrong in the interview. You can then reiterate what you have to offer the company, and then ask for an opportunity to contribute. Doing this does not assure you will get the job offer but one thing is for sure, if you don’t try, then your chances are nil. This way your chances give it that last shot increases.