Tips for Job seekers before & during an interview
- When attending a Interview, one of the main things to do before your interview date is to conduct research on the employer and job position. Passing a job interview starts with background knowledge on the job post and company. You should understand the requirements of the job and the employer, the more research you conduct, the more you will understand the employer, and the better you will be able to answer interview questions as well as ask relevant questions. Information sources include the company’s website and other published materials in search engines, and in news papers.
Research common interview questions online and prepare your own responses or you can get insight from online sources. Most interviewers ask general questions about your background and job history but things like that should be easy since that’s about yourself so you need to focus on questions that you are not familiar with for example How can your expertise uplift our company? Your goal here is to sell your self as the best person for the position outlining what you can do that others cannot, so compose detailed yet concise responses, focusing on specific examples and accomplishments. The best way for remembering your responses is to put them into a short paragraph form on paper that you can tell in the interview, read over your notes and even let your friends or family act as a interviewer asking you the questions.
- Dress professionally. I always believe that no matter the job position, you should always present your self in a neat and management material looking manner but you can also choose your wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. Try not to smoke, eat or drink alcohol right before the interview if possible, but if you do ensure that you properly brush your teeth or use mouthwash for a clean presentation.
Be punctual for the Interview and think positive.Employers never want to hear any excuses for ever arriving late for an interview unless some there is a major disaster in the country. Strive to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace. The day before the interview, pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list because sometimes you might meet other employers or pass by companies that are hiring. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those along too and always bring a action plan to present to the interviewer outlining your plans for the job position if hired. Finally, as you get to the offices, shut off your cell phone.
Be polite and offer warm greetings.Once you are at the gate of the company for the interview, from the parking attendant or receptionist to the hiring manager be polite and nice to everyone you meet. Employers often are curious how job applicants treat staff members and your job offer could easily be derailed if you are rude or arrogant to any of the staff. Make a strong first impression when greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm but mannerly handshake. Remember that having a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm for the job and employer are vital in the initial stages of the interview.
When interview begins.Once the interview begins, your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions because some employers do carryout background checks on potential candidates. Provide solid examples of solutions and accomplishments but keep your responses short and to the point, avoid long, rambling responses that bore interviewers. Also never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker.
- Avoiding Bad Habits. While how you answer your interview questions are of great importance, poor body language can be a distraction at best or a reason not to hire you at worst.
- Good forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening.
- Bad forms of body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.
Always have questions for interviewers.Many employers make a judgements about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Therefore, even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you must ask a few questions. So the best thing to do is prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview.