How to prepare for your interview
Interviews are considered to be the most crucial parts when it comes to getting a job. A good interview is a key to your doorway to the organization you are intending to join. No matter what your experience or skills are, If you have a great interview, there are very prominent chances that you will get through. This articles will aid you about the interview preparation and do’s and Don’ts during an interview.
Well the preparation is what you have to do before the interview and then later we will talk about the things to keep in mind while you are giving interview. Here is how to prepare.
This is a key point and should never be abandoned. Do your homework and gather as much knowledge as you can about the company. You must know their origin, a little bit of history, their sites, their products, their businesses, franchises. You can gather all the information easily from the company’s website.
Prepare the typical questions.
There are typical questions which are being asked by almost every employer. Some of them are:
- Why do you want to join us?
- Why we should recruit you or what are your strengths? (the answer to both of them is same)
- Where do you see yourself after five or ten years?
Prepare for the answers according to your priorities but keep in mind that your answer never gives a negative impression.
When you are done with the preparation of those answers, speak out loud. Ask your friend to be an interviewer and listen to your answer. Try to make a good eye contact with your friend. You can practice the answers in front of mirror as well. A voice recorder can also help you with your pronunciation.
Be sure about your skills.
If you have any expertise then you can bring the interviewer in your area and you can answer the questions with more ease and comfort.
Your question from the interviewer
When you are done with the interview, the interviewer normally asks if you have any questions. In this part, never go blank or say No I don’t have any questions. Come up with a question and preferably a great one. Try to be unique in your questions. An example is that you can ask what kind of assignments will be given. What would be the assessment criteria etc.
Make sure that you arrive at the venue before 15 minutes at least. Make your travel plan accordingly and ensure your arrival on time. Late comers are not entertained normally and even if a chance is given, that is mere formality.
Make sure you have professional attire when you are going for an interview. A suit or a dress shirt and pent with a tie is fine. Make yourself comfortable and presentable.
Now lets come to the part when the time has arrived. Following are the key points which you must do on the day if interview.
- The very first impression is quite an important factor. Make sure you make a good one. Be polite and organized.
- The way you are sitting also matters. Make sure you are not too relaxed. Chin up and shoulders relaxed are a nice posture.
- Don’t look confused, breath deep and be relaxed.
- Eye contact is very important. When you are talking to anyone, ensure you have a proper eye contact with the person. It helps you gain confidence while you speak.
- Keep smiling.
Now you have taken your interview seat and here is what is recommended for you to do.
Non Verbal Communication
While answering, make sure that your posture is right. Sometimes what really happens is that your posture negates what you are saying and don’t think of an interviewer a fool. He is a keen observer though he won’t let you know about it.
Maintain your eye contact with the person who has asked the question. If there is a panel of interviewers then rotate the eye contact with everyone.
Being optimistic throughout the interview plays an important role. They will ask you certain questions to judge you; try to be positive as much as you can. Sometimes the interviewer try to be informal with you, you must remain formal and answer them politely and positively.
Show your passion for the job and make your answers interesting. Don’t be dull or slow. Speak out loud and clear and show enthusiasm while answering.
If some question has went wrong, stay calm and overcome it as soon as possible. When a new question is posed, forget the bad one and answer that with even more passion. Don’t think that one bad question and you are done with the job. You can bounce back at any time again.
Proper Sentence formation
When you answer a question, assure you are not out of words. Select your words carefully and place them in a proper formation. One word answers give a real bad impression.
If you are stumbled with the question and you don’t know the answer, here is what you can pose.
- Ask him / her to repeat the question so that you can gain more time to think about it.
- You can ask if I could answer this later.
- If it is a company related question then you can say this is what I had to ask for you in the end of the interview.
- For a difficult question, your approach to answer them is checked, not the right answer is what they are looking for.
Most of the employers look for the attitude of the candidate and within those 15 to 120 minutes on average they judge a person if he is suitable or not. They want good managers not the book worms. So make sure that your appearance leaves them a good impression so that you can further be called for second interview or selection process.
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