Job Interview Tips
No matter who you are, what field you are from, of what point in your career you are, job interviews are hard. Whether you are a fresher looking for a new job, or an experienced employee looking for a job change, interviews can be hard. In fact, they can be down right, anxiety inducing, scary. To make them a little bearable here are some tips to help you excel in job interviews.
When you get the call for an interview, that excitement can quickly turn into dread when you are left wondering now what. Some people think that they’ll just show up and wing it, and for some lucky people that might work, but for others, that is a very risky bet. Instead of taking a chance, it would be better if you prep for the interview instead.
Do your research
It would be good to know who or what you are getting into bed with. Look up the company, its owner, the board of directors, the hiring manager, and the employees. Read through the job description and try to find out what you can about the department that you’ll be working in, as well as the company, and its practices. Is the news about the company, positive or negative? What kind of people work there? Have they made any significant contribution to the industry? Do they have a good work culture? The company might be interested in you, but if the company is not interesting to you then there is no point.
Even the most experienced person is caught off guard at times; make sure that doesn’t happen to you. Remember to go through the various sample interview question in order to prepare for the worse of them. It would be horrible if you didn’t get the position just because a question caught you unawares and you dropped the ball. After all, as they say, ‘preparation is key.’
Now on the day of the interview itself, you should be dressed well in formal but comfortable attire. Remember you have to dress for the job you want, and nobody wants a slouch. Even if the attire at the prospective company is casual, you should still be dressed in formals, or at least semi-formals. This will help you make a good first impression, as dressing down can be taken as a sign that you don’t take this seriously.
You’ll be surprised how much difference posture and body language makes. If you slouch, it looks like you are nervous and have no confidence in your own abilities, or perhaps you have none to begin with, and that is not how you want to appear to your interviewer. Standing up tall and talking confidently shows that you trust yourself and your abilities, because you know that you are just that good.
Stay on point
It is okay, nay it is good to make conversation; it will relax both you and the interviewer. It is even okay to crack a joke or two, but remember not to make trivial conversation that has nothing to do with the interview. Unless you personally know the interviewer, stick to the point and answer the questions that are asked. Don’t talk too much, lest it seem like you are nervous and prattling on.
This might seem simple enough but you’ll be surprised to know how many people miss out on this. Between the idea of presenting yourself and proving your credibility, many people forget this simple task: listening. Don’t just hear what the interviewer is saying, but really listen to what they want to say, how they are saying it, and what are they entailing. Just by listening, you might be able to put yourself ahead of the crowd, because you’ll be able to figure out what the interviewer wants to hear even when they are not blatantly saying it.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask clarification on something. In fact, it is often recommended to ask question even when you don’t actually have questions. But don’t ask any question, just for the sake of asking questions; instead use this as an opportunity. If you have done your research, ask a question about the company, its business or its practices. This shows that you’ve actually done the research. Don’t ask about leaves and salary or such questions until an offer has been made, as it might make you seem materialistic.
Sell your self
Some people shy away from talking about themselves thinking that it seems like they are trying to sell themselves or are coming on too think; however, that is actually what the interview is all about. It is for you to sell yourself and for the company to see if they are interested in what you are selling. The trick here is to not be too heavy handed with the sales pitch, which is a challenge with any sales pitch really. You want to show why you are the best product they should invest in, but you don’t want to spook the customer either.
Say Thank You
Remember to thank the interviewer for taking the interview. This doesn’t serve any purpose but it does show the kind of person you are. You want to appear grateful, and polite, unafraid to give or take compliments. If you want to, you can also send a thank you note or email to the interviewer afterwards. This will help the interviewer remember you positively and help you stand out from the crowd.