You have just received the much anticipated phone call from an interested employer for an interview, so what’s next? The thought of attending a job interview can be so nerve-wracking that you may actually lose sleep over it. While thinking positively is certainly one way to psyche yourself up for the interview, it will important to put in some effort and be well-prepared for it.
You may think of it as a dialogue session, where your interviewer is interested to find out more about your education background and past work experiences to see if you are fit for the job. Though this is basically what it is, do not assume a passive role and attend the interview without any preparation. As an interviewee, you need to take responsibility of the outcome of the interview and do your due diligence in your preparation. This interview is an opportunity for you to show your strengths and how they can value add to your potential employer.
Here are five essential tasks that you are encouraged to check off for your preparation: [more…]
Anticipate the questions (that the interviewer may be asking you. Make a list of questions and practice your responses. Standard interview questions include “Tell me more about yourself”, “Why do you want to work for us?”, “What is your biggest weakness?” and “Why should we hire you over another person?” Get a friend to do a mock interview with you and to rehearse all the possible scenarios and questions. Take a video of the interview, and replay the video to watch yourself. Observe your body language – were you being too fidgety? Or showing a lack of eye contact? Polish your presentation accordingly and work on a smooth delivery.
2.Revise your résumé and cover letter
The interviewer is very likely to ask you to elaborate on what you have mentioned in your résumé and cover letter. Revising your résumé and cover letter is necessary, especially so when you have sent out different versions for various jobs applications.
3.Research on the company
It is important to have some good knowledge of the company that has invited you for the interview. Do some research on the company, find out the company’s culture and understand the challenges that are currently facing the company and industry. Knowing this can help you tune your replies better and where you can contribute your strengths to.
4.Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
“Do you have any questions for me?” Most, if not all interviewers will ask this question towards the end of the interview. Your questions will communicate how much interest you have in the job. This is also an opportunity for you to find out more information about the job and company. Ask questions to learn more about the industry, company or job related challenges, as well as to clarify the job’s responsibilities. The answers to these questions will help you to be more informed if this is a good place to work before the offer comes in.
5.Get your right clothes ready
You do not want to wake up on the day of your interview and find out that you do not have the right attire for the interview. Prepare the right clothes for the interview before the actual day. The first impression is made in than 30 seconds and is decided upon your dressing. Leave a positive impression by looking neat and smart, wearing attire that fits well and is well pressed.
Make the next interview count.
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Arlene Bastion, The Book of Jobs: Seeking, Getting, Keeping and… Loving Our Jobs. Published by: Armour Publishing. Year of publication: 2009.
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