Preparing for an interview might seem intimidating, but there are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview.
Prepare at Home
- Be ready with your updated resume, originals and photocopies of them. Do organize and present everything well.
- Do your research and know as much as you can about the company/organization.
- Learn as much as you can about the position/job. Access a copy of the job description. Talk to someone employed in the same kind of position. Once you have this information, then make a list of what skills or knowledge you have that would be valuable to them.
- Dress appropriately. Don’t wear anything too flashy. Wear neat and clean clothes but not gaudy ones. Look professional without overdoing it.
- Reach the venue at least 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your scheduled interview time.
After Reaching the Interview Location
- Walk slowly and tall upon entering the interview hall.
- Sit up straight.
- Maintain eye contact but do not stare.
- Use facial expressions matching your language.
- Be calm and confident but not tense and confused.
- Be smiling but not serious.
- Be vivid and enthusiastic but not dull and docile.
- Be aware of your posture. Don’t have a too much laidback posture or too much of forward bend. Lean slightly forward to show interest.
At the Time of the Interview
- Answer the questions carefully. Listen carefully to understand the questions. If you do not understand the question do not hesitate to ask the interviewer to clarify it.
- Do not be in a hurry while answering questions. Pause for a while to let the question sink in and then answer.
- Do not be in a hurry while answering. You must learn to pause and organize your thoughts before answering a question. Don’t talk too fast or too slow.
- Don’t speak too loudly or in low voice.
- Make sure your answers are backed up by sufficient reasoning.
- Make sure your answers are clear, concise, and to the point. Be adequate and relevant to your information.
- Thank the interviewer(s) before leaving the interview hall.
Prepare Interview FAQs
Tell me about yourself
Carefully prepare for this first and the most important question and create a positive first impression. Do not bore the interviewer by rambling on about what a hard-working candidate you are. Instead, offer a razor-sharp sentence or two that sets the stage for further discussion and sets you apart from your competitors. Give the interviewer your Unique Selling Proposition. The USP is a succinct, one-sentence description of who you are your biggest strength and the major benefit that a company will derive from this strength. Answer the question in such a way it will lead to a real discussion, not an interrogation process.
What do you know about our company?
Give the answer that shows how much company research you have conducted. Provide relevant and current information about your prospective employer to the interviewer. To access information for this question you can start by researching the Company online. Review the “About Us” section of the company website. Use a search engine like Google and locate the company, and then read blogs that mention about it, and also check Discussion Boards and social networking sites. Remember, taking the time to research will help you make a good impression.
What interests you about the position you are interviewing for?
Answer this by describing the qualifications listed in the job posting, then connect them to your skills and experience. That way, the employer will see that you know about the job you’re interviewing for and that you have the qualifications necessary to do the job.
What is your greatest strength?
Talk about your strengths which are relevant to your job and provide concrete and sufficient evidence to convince the interviewer.
What is your greatest weakness?
Be frank and admit your weakness and tell me what you are doing to rectify it. Do you prefer to work independently? Or in a team? Remember, here the interviewer wants to know if you are a team player or would rather work on your own. Say that you are equally comfortable working as a member of a team and independently. Talk about your assignments/tasks/sports that required a great deal of independent work and research and others where the team effort as most effective.
How do you handle the pressure?
Tell the interviewer that you handle stress by responding to your job situations appropriately. Talk about your stress-busters like the physical regime, yoga, and aerobics. Discuss examples of how you have handled stress earlier.
When can you begin work with us?
Show your willingness to work at their convenience. But be sure when exactly you can join the organization.
It is hoped these FAQs would help you to improve your job interviewing skills. Practice your replies often to these and other questions. Sit down with a friend and enact the interview as a role play. By repeating certain phrases often you will gain much-needed confidence.