Interview Tips

We know many people struggle with interviews though they are the most experienced and best qualified for the job.

When you are invited to an interview it means that the hiring manager believes you may be a good match for the job opening, and he or she wants to know for sure. The interview is used to determine whether you are qualified for the position. Also one important thing as the job seeker is, you should make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position.

A candidate who can answer questions in a way which is acceptable, but not necessarily right, to the interviewer, someone who knows something about their potential employers business and the post they hope to fill. These are really the basic components of any candidate who 'interviews well'. There are undoubtedly other aspects employers may look for in relation to specific posts - having their own ideas, thinking on their feet, aspects which will be related to the job and to the company's preference in employees.

Please make sure of the following things at the time of appearing at a job interview:

    Preparation and confidence

    Preparation and confidence are very important tips. Good preparation always creates confidence. So the important thing to an interview is to be well prepared. In this you have to consider two things:

    • You must prepare yourself practically for the interview.
    • You have to gather information which is useful during the interview.

    Checklist

    While going to interview you must consider the following things:

    1. You have to confirm about the time, date and location of the interview and name of interviewee where appropriate.
    2. You have to plan to get there no earlier than half an hour before the interview time.
    3. You must ready with your dress which is professional.
    4. Concentrate on the interview at the interview.
    5. If you are asked to bring certificates, references etc., get them ready before the day. Your interview letter must be with you.
    6. On arrival ensure the receptionist knows you are there.

    Be on time!

    Public transport may be useless if the traffic is heavy. Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be on time at the particular location of interview.

    Also if you are there so early, you can wait nearby cafe of shop. And if you are going to be late, then best option is call them.

    Be Prepared!

    Preparation means not only preparation of your syllabus etc. but also look at the company's website and learn something about the company before you attend your interview.

    Write down and practice possible questions!

    If you collect the job interview sample questions and practice for it then it will make easy to remember when you get to the interview. Use the third person when talking about the job. Avoid sounding as though you assume the job is yours.

    It is fine to ask about the package on offer and accommodation - living in and living out are particularly relevant. Do not forget to find out if the company will guarantee a resort or chalet - many will only allocate you a country. You could also try a fewer more testing questions such as how they differentiate themselves from their competitors or what they think the toughest/hardest part of the job is.

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

    First keep in mind that you never the second chance to make a first impression so be careful.
    Some points are here to remember:

    • Smile is one of the thing which may matter in your impression. Good smile always please people.
    • Dressing also an important thing. You should be in professional dress. And must be looking formal.
    • Do not forget for firm handshake.
    • Eye contact without glaring is showing your confidence.

    Do not talk too much!

    Always remember that communication is two-way things so give them a chance. Also don't interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking. Give him/her full chance to talk.

    One common mistake candidates make when interviewing is talking too much. It is important to listen to the question asked and answer that question. Keep your answers to two to three minutes at the most. When you limit your time, you tend to stay more focused. It is very easy to stray off the subject and ramble about things irrelevant to the job if your answer is too long.

     

    Be enthusiastic and positive!

    During interview always enthusiastic. Do not say bad points for the previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and views.

    Check in During Interviews

    Your initial interview answers should be brief. But some of your best stories may take time to detail, then after two minutes ask for permission to go on. You may say something like, "Now I have described about my project, would you like to hear about my role in detail?"
     
     
    Answer Briefly
     
    Try to be precise during answering the question. This will help not to create any confusion between you and the interviewer
     
     
    Take a spare photo and CV with you!

    It may happen that the interviewer wants your resume and photo. Your interviewer won't be expecting it so you will impress them. It also helps them remember you after the interview. So always keep a spare photo and resume with you while going to interview.

    Look Better, Feel Better

    If you want to spruce up your appearance for the interview but can not afford new clothes, consider altering an outfit you already have by pairing it with a different shirt, tie, blouse or accessory. Even on a tight budget, you can find some real bargains out there. Think about what you need before you go out shopping. Outlet stores and resale shops offer some great treasures. For better or worse, looks can make a difference.

     
    Bring Up a Weakness

    In an interview, bring up a weakness before you are asked for one. For example, "I really need to work on my leadership skills. I am a good worker and totally competent, but sometimes I lack the confidence to stand up and take a leadership position."

    This will help you a lot as you want to improve yourself.

    Get the Info

    Informational interviews are a great way to get leads and information regarding company. It is important that the person you contact understands you are seeking information not a job. Be prepared when you ask for an appointment to say what you are looking for and why you want to talk to this person. At the informational interview, have a prepared list of questions. At the end, ask if the person has any recommendations of others you could speak with.

     
    Explain Why You Left

    Follow these guidelines when interviewers ask, "Why did you leave your company?" Carefully describe the reason for your departure, and do not go into details unless asked. Provide references to support your reasons for leaving and job performance. Stay with the facts of what happened, what you did, how you felt and what you learned. Then describe how you will handle things differently in the future.

     
    The World's Toughest Job Interview Question

    Great questions to ask early in a job interview: "What are you most hoping to find in the person you hire?" and "What would be my first priorities on the job?" The earlier you can ask these questions, the sooner you can start tailoring your answers to the employer's priorities. At the end of the interview, ask, "Based on what we've talked about today, I feel good about the position. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job?" Often, that gives you a chance to counter any objections.  

     
    Know What You Offer

    Prepare answers for open-ended questions, like, "Tell me about yourself," by making a list of your skills and traits that match the employer's requirements. The closer your skills and traits are to the job description, the better chance you have of landing the job. You should leave the interviewer with a clear picture of what you have to offer.

     
    Prove What You Could Do

    Always put a positive spin on your answers to difficult questions. If you lack a particular skill or do not know a certain computer program, be sure to emphasize how quickly you learn. Give an example of a time when you were able to get up to speed in a similar situation. Companies are interested in people who can hit the ground running.

     
    Be honest!

    Be honest with every question. No need to lying about your background and/or skills. If you get caught then you will definitely out. Job interviews are about matching needs, if there is not a good match, then there is no chance of job.

     
    Check your CV for possible gaps!

    If there is any gap between your academic then make sure you know how you are going to explain time gaps on your CV.

     
    Presentation

    Dressing is also important aspect at the time of interview. Dressing should be appropriate for the post and the company. Try to get information about what the company would expect from employees. What would be appropriate for a building company is very different for a public relations agency. Be well-groomed and clean and above all try to look confident.