The most important tip for preparing for an interview is to prepare. The point of an interview is to show the company that you will be a valuable asset. For example, the company is having difficulties selling its products. How can you contribute yourself to solve the problem? What can you do? It also helps to show interest in the company so researching about the company's goals and visions will definitely help with the interview.
Before the interview, carefully read over the job description to which you are applying for and keep in mind to refer back to the job description and demonstrate how you will handle the job.
It is highly advisable to practice answering questions before an interview. Have a friend ask you questions and respond in ways that are appropriate. Some common interview questions include:
1. Why should I hire you?
2. Tell me about yourself.
3. Why do you want this job?
4. Tell me about your previous work experiences.
5. Why do you need this job?
As mentioned before, the best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice. Answer the questions maturely and honestly. Remember to address your answers in some way back to the job responsibilities and how you can benefit the workplace.
Just as important as your answers are your appearance and behavior. First impressions are hard to change so dress to impress. Men should commonly wear a clean button-up shirt, tie, dress shoes, slacks, and a neutral-colored suit if necessary. Keep your hair tidy and please do wash up if you emit an odor. It is best to keep the interviewer comfortable. Women should wear a neutral-colored suit, a dark skirt extending a little below the knees but not any higher, 1-2 inch heel shoes, and minimal perfume and accessories.
During the interview, sit up straight and keep eye contact with the interviewer. You do not have to stare directly in his or her eyes but you can simply stare at the forehead or nose. Don't forget to smile and give a firm handshake. Speak confidently and clearly. Do not speak softly and wispy. It may help to listen to yourself with a recorder.
Remember all of these key tips and you are well on your way to a successful interview. Do not take rejection to harshly but take it as a learning experience and stay focused to do better on your next interview.
Here are 10 tips for interview success.
1. First impressions count
Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. Liz Anderson, a human resources manager says, "You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into the team."
2. Be prepared
Re-read your CV and the job advert just before the interview. Do your research thoroughly: Look at
the company web site or obtain literature. You may be asked about the salary you are after so make sure you research that as well.
3. Don't waffle
Answer questions properly - even if you need a few moments' silence to collect your thoughts. Anderson advises, "It's better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards."
4. Why should they hire you?
Most job adverts will list qualities they're looking for - a team worker, a good communicator - so it's up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Have at least three strong points about yourself that you can relate to the company and job on offer.
5. Be positive
Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they'll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.
6. Remember your body language
It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.
7. Expect the unexpected
Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard: A survey by OfficeAngels has revealed that 90 per cent of employers ask 'killer' questions in interviews. It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as "How would your colleagues describe you?" but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary but do not evade it. Hopefully you will not befall the fate of those job candidates at B&Q who were asked to dance to "Blame it on the Boogie"!
8. Develop rapport
Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. Jean Smith, a social anthropologist says: "It's infectious, being positive and enthusiastic." Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.
9. Clarify anything you are unsure of
If you are not certain what are meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about. Do not be afraid to ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.
10. Remember your manners
It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a "thank-you" e-mail or letter, saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring.