Job interviews can be a daunting experience, even to an extremely confident and qualified person but with the right skills, experience, information, and lots of practice, your confidence and chances of getting hired for the job would improve massively.
Here are 11 tips for attending a job interview:
There are different types of interviews and it is important that you know which one you would be taking. They can be completed through:
Telephone: Some interviewers use the telephone interview initially to eliminate unqualified candidates. Qualified candidates are then invited for a face-to-face interview.These interviews usually last for half an hour.
Video: Some companies use video chat services to eliminate unqualified candidates. These are particularly common when recruiting in the sales and marketing departments where conversations skills are taken into consideration. These interviews also last for about half an hour.
Face-to-Face Meetings: The most common type of interview. There can be one or more interviewers present and several candidates can be screened at once. Questions are based on your strengths, experiences and competency.
Practice for your interview either by yourself or with a friend or family member. Simple ways to practice include using notes, dressing in the outfit you plan on wearing, and recording yourself interviewing then playing it back to see how you did.Write down the different types of possible questions you might be asked during the job interview and practice responding to them. You don’t need to memorize all the answers, but you should write down your responses or take notes so you are comfortable answering a variety of different questions and giving a variety of answers during the interview.
Spend some time to thoroughly research the company and the position you applied for before going for the interview. Make some notes about the company – goals, mission, values, and interests and find out how your skills and experience can add value to the company.It will help to write down any important details you find that can help with your interview or questions that you need to be clarified.
Keep your outfit casual and simple. A suit and tie for men and a smart blouse and skirt for women would be enough. Try to keep the colors light and basic. If possible, call to find out the company dress code before attending the interview.
You should also make sure to:
Keep your nails cut and clean
Keep your hair neatly arranged
Wear clean clothes
Use perfume sparingly
Avoid wearing too much makeup and jewelry
Polish your shoes
Find out the time, date, location and if possible, the name(s) of the interviewer(s). Avoid taking alcohol and get a good night’s rest a day before. Don’t forget to take all the documents you are required to have and try to show up at least 15 minutes earlier to avoid unexpected delays.
If you are running late, call them and let them know the reason and how soon you would arrive at the venue. Don’t use excuses that can be easily fixed and make you look bad.
6.Make a Good Impression
Greet your interviewer(s) confidently with a warm smile and maintain eye contact. Be comfortable with your interviewer and develop rapport but don’t go overboard and give out more information than necessary to the interviewer. Keep your answers strictly related to the job position and skills requirements.
Listen carefully when you are not sure on how you should answer a question, ask for clarification. All answers you provide should highlight your skills, experiences and past achievements.
You should try to calm your nerves by taking a deep breath and relax before you begin.During the interview, sit upright with your shoulders back, hands in your lap and feet planted on the floor or crossed at the ankles and lean forward occasionally to show that you’re paying attention.
Don’t lean back or cross your arms or look out the window. Use your hands to make gestures and speak clearly and audibly when you are making a point.
8.Anticipate Personal Questions
Don’t be afraid to be honest when answering questions. It is not worth lying about your experience or giving too much information because the company can run a background check with your references,so avoid mentioning anything self depreciating about yourself.
The most common type of questions interviewers like to ask are:
What’s your biggest weakness?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Why do you want this job?
How will you help advance this organization?
Why are you the best candidate for this job position?
When you ask questions, you demonstrate that you are interested in the company and provide yourself an opportunity to find out if it’s the right place for you. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask the interviewer before the interview. Their website is a good place to check out.Asking for additional information to questions you were asked in the interview is also a good way to achieve this.
The last thing your interviewer needs to hear is how terrible your boss is or how uninteresting you find your current job. Show that you are up to the challenge that the job brings and enthusiastic about getting hired.
11.Ask for Feedback
Allow a least a week or more for the company to respond. If the company is slow getting back to you, send your interviewer an e-mail reminding him or her about your results.This should speed up the process and get you an e-mail informing you about the current situation and what you should expect. Mind your language when writing – formally and positively, not impatient and desperate.
If you follow the above 11 tips, you’ll be as impressed as your interviewer with your confidence level and performance. Good luck!