Given the competitive nature of the job applications and interviews nowadays, we do realize the importance of leaving a great impression in the job interview in order to stand out and be unique in comparison to all the other potential candidates. After all, successful firms scour the market in order to employ the best and most unique capabilities in the market.
Whether you’re a student, an intern, or an employee looking for another job; whether you’re looking for an internship, a part time job or a full time job, you will need to have the right set of skills in preparation to conquer the interview and get the job. This article will prepare you in 5 simple steps for the interview of your dreams!
- Be prepared:
Read the job description carefully to know what is expected of you, and to get a sense of your role in the company. Next order of business is that you need to conduct your research about the company you’re applying to, since that will be the first question you get asked in every interview. “What do you know about our company?”
A few days before the interview plan your route there so you’d know the way on the big day of the interview and you’d know how long it would take you to reach there. Also, make sure you reach there 15 minutes earlier to your interview, since it usually takes that amount of time to go through the security and the sign ins.
- Dress to impress:
Your appearance says a lot about you, so in order to make your best first impression you need to be well groomed and impeccably dressed. Refrain from any sort of casual clothes since it wouldn’t look professional on your end; that’s an image you do not want to give off. A good rule of thumb is that you dress one step above what you’d normally wear to a working day at the office.
- Practice makes perfect:
Practicing your answers to the employer’s questions and your questions to them is a very vital step in your preparation to the interview. Not only that the flow of your answers will run smoothly and naturally, but also you’ll feel calm, collected, and confident. This would show the interviewer that you are organized and well prepared, thus ultimately increasing your chances of leaving a good impression.
Questions to expect from the interviewer:
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What previous experiences do you have in the work field?
- Describe a problem that you’ve faced in your prior experience and how did you handle it?
Note: When you’re asked about your weaknesses, think about a desirable trait that the employer is looking for, never portray yourself in the negative light. For example your answer could be “I’m a workaholic and a perfectionist, and that often leads me to working over hours and taking away time from my family and social life.”
Questions to ask the interviewer:
- Who will I be reporting to?
- Am I working with anyone in a team?
- What is the probation period?
- How are the employees evaluated?
- The big day:
The night before the interview make sure you get enough sleep in order to relax your body and to wake up with a fresh state of mind, that will help you stay relaxed and calm in comparison to staying up all night worrying about the interview and reaching the offices looking incredibly exhausted and worn out.
- The Interview:
Usually the interviews start with an introduction, a handshake, exchange of business cards (if you have one) and a casual conversation. Keep in mind that the interviewer is most likely to be nervous too.
After the interviewer directs you to your seat, sit up straight, shoulders back and look the interviewer straight in the eye; since good eye contact shows the interviewer that you are quite interested in getting the job and confident in yourself. It is encouraged to smile and laugh when appropriate, you’re a human after all and you’d like to show that employer that you have good social skills just as much as you have excellent working skills. Keep a mental note to remain composed and enthusiastic throughout the interview to show the employer that you thrive under stressful situations. Finally, do not be shy to talk about your abilities and skills, after all the purpose of the interview is to have the spotlight on you and for you to show off your abilities and skills and to learn more about the company and your future job.
At the end of the interview; it’s appropriate to shake the interviewer’s hand once more and thank them for taking their time to interview you, and say good-bye. It’s also a good idea to reiterate your interest in the position. Moreover, ask the interviewer as to how you are going to follow up, whether they’re going to contact you when they come to a decision or you should contact them.
And there you have it, 5 simple steps to guarantee you success in your job interview and getting the position.