Perhaps you have just received a call inviting you for an interview or you are simply preparing for when the call comes. A job interview is perhaps the most important part of getting the job.
Yes, your resume matters but once it has got you the spot on the interview list, you need to ace the interview and prove that you are the right fit for the company and the role. This kind of opportunity requires adequate preparation to get it all right. That is the purpose of this article.
What Is A Job Interview Anyway?
A job interview is simply an avenue to meet a potential employer physically (At a particular venue) or virtually (Video or audio) where the interviewer tries to assess whether you are a good fit for the role and the company. Depending on the company and the role, various strategies or interview formats may be used. Sometimes, aptitude tests are involved, and other ways to assess the capabilities of the candidate.
A job interview is not a scheme to scare you or to intimidate. In most cases, candidates think they have the most to lose. In reality, both the candidate and the potential recruiter have something to gain. The candidate needs a job and the recruiter needs someone to do a good job. So do not be intimidated. The organisation needs you to be your best.
That said and dusted, next is our job interview advice and tips.
Here are our Top 10 Job Interview Advice and Tips
1. Research The Company
In sum, you need to know what to expect and what you are getting yourself into. It wouldn’t be very pleasing if after you get the role, you find out you don’t like the company after all. Do well to find out the core business of the organisation. How they make money. Try out their products and/or services. Find out what their goals are for the coming years.
Take note of key areas you may be questioned on such as how you fit in the company culture. In this case, you need to have a fair understanding of the culture before you can offer a good response. Therefore, do not take your research lightly.
It is important not to limit your research to google alone. Explore other areas such as asking friends and connections, calling the organisation, etc.
2. Study The Job Description
If you are like most people (Hopefully not), you hardly take a second look at the job description. Or call the recruiting company to seek information about the job. If you are seeking a job, it is right to know exactly or have a fair understanding of what you will be doing.
This information, your roles and responsibilities, will help you to anticipate certain questions and to prepare for them. It also helps you to honestly assess yourself to see if you are qualified or you have the relevant skills. You can list out the roles and responsibilities then list your qualifications and skills which will be relevant.
If you have all boxes checked, hurray. If not, are those gaps easily filled? How will you be able to convince the recruiters that you can learn and adapt?
Preparing in this manner will help boost your confidence and overall performance will be improved.
3. Prepare A Set Of Answers For Common Questions
A very good strategy to acing your interview is listing common and not common questions that interviewers ask. Next is to write down your answers and practice or rehearse saying them out loud.
This strategy will help you save a lot of shocks when certain questions are asked. It also adds to your preparedness as you already have straight answers for their questions.
An added benefit is, it reduces the level of stress you face since you are less likely to face a question you have no idea about.
When answering questions, it isn’t a very good strategy to rush through your answers. Maintain a normal flow and when need be, pause and continue. When pauses are done well, they add more depth to your answer and make you seem thoughtful.
4. Prepare Specific Career Anecdotes You Can Use In Your Answers
As you practice and rehearse answers to potential questions, add relevant anecdotes from your experiences. You communicate more value when you speak from experience using relevant stories, scenarios and situations to respond to queries.
5. Dress Appropriately
Your dressing and overall physical appearance count more than you may think.
Make sure to dress to fit the role and the culture. Some organisations encourage less official while others are strict.
Figuring this out should be part of your research. Make sure your hair is on point, you smell great and you have good footwear to complement.
Planning increases your chances of doing most things well. Failing to plan means risking making mistakes that may embarrass you. On the day of the interview, arrive early, stay calm until you are asked to head to the interview room. Make sure you go with extra copies of your resume and references and separate documents. Have copies for yourself and copies for the interviewer. In some cases, you may be asked to come along with certificates, portfolio, and other supporting documents.
7. Prepare And Use A Checklist For All Preparations You Need To Make
Having a checklist right from the start makes it easy to track your preparedness. It also prevents you from doing key activities beforehand.
8. Prepare Questions For The Panel
Most interviewers will ask you if you have questions. It is a great idea to have questions prepared for this opportunity so it doesn’t seem you didn’t do your homework. Asking relevant questions shows you have done your research and you are genuinely interested in the role.
It also allows you to seek clarifications in areas you don’t understand.
9. Exude Positivity And Don’t Bad Mouth Others
Having great posture, tone of voice, clarity of expression adds to your likeability. You easily make a good first impression if you prepare well in such areas. In your use of stories and anecdotes, make sure not to speak negatively about past employers or co-workers. Do well to focus on the positive stories.
10. Ask For Directions To The Office
Failing to ask for directions well before the day of the interview means risking missing the interview or arriving late. Therefore, be sure to seek clarification and have the office contact handy in case you need to confirm. Having the office contact will also enable you to quickly give updates on happenings especially when there has been a situation and you may be late or need to reschedule.
Bonus Point: you get an extra tip for reading to the end. Kudos to you. 🙂
11. Ask How Soon You Can Follow Up
This is a good question to ask. It helps you to give them time to consider your skills and qualifications without having to constantly call them for updates. And when you finally do call them, they will probably have a response for you.
Interviews don’t have to be a stressing venture. It is an opportunity for both the candidates and the recruiter. Make sure to be at your best since the company needs you at your best. Note the 11 tips and advice given you will do just fine.