Tips For A Better Interview

Today the world is very competitive everyone is looking forward for the fittest. Getting a dream job is truly based on the had work behind screen. If you are qualified for the job there won’t be any guarantee that you will achieve it. Recruiters, like everyone else, make snap judgments based on their total impact over that particular person in a short span of time. A candidate has to be well prepared for the interview, desired on the level of performance the interviewer will choose the right person.

Preparation is the first key towards success. If someone is called up for an interview there should be some key factors to prepare for getting the desired output. The first thing to prepare for the job interview starts with studying about the job and what does it means in sense of functional role to the particular company.  Understanding about the firm, management and products of the firm, competitiors, History,  Future ventures etc has to be well studied. Next thing is studying about the type of industry which the firm belongs. Main advantages or the specialities of the the industry has to be taken care. Practice the usual classy questions asked and familiarize with sincere answers.

Next thing is your punctuality. Be prepared and reach the destination before the time. member that your interview begins the minute you set foot in the employer’s offices. Arrive a few minutes early and give yourself some time to relax before the meeting. How you behave in the interview gives a prospective employer a clue as to how you will interact with co-workers and supervisors if you are hired. Be polite, professional and courteous to everyone you encounter, starting with the receptionist. Since it is best not to eat or drink in an interview, decline offers of food, coffee or other beverages.

Make sure you are dressed professional and simple executive look Make sure that you are appropriately dressed for an interview. Poor grooming and unprofessional clothing speak volumes and may cost you a job opportunity. Even if you are interviewing with a laid-back company that has a casual dress code, remember that you are not yet a member of the team. Always err on the side of formality and wear business attire to an interview. Select neutral colors for interviews like gray, black, navy, and brown.  Accessories, including ties, scarves and jewelry, should be understated. Women should tone down makeup. Make sure that you are clean, neat and odor-free. Be presentable is important. Bring hard copies of your resume, references, writing samples, and transcripts to the interview. These additional documents may not be needed but having them available makes you look professional and thorough.

How you behave in the interview gives a prospective employer a clue as to how you will interact with co-workers and supervisors if you are hired. Be polite, professional and courteous to everyone you encounter, starting with the receptionist. Since it is best not to eat or drink in an interview, decline offers of food, coffee or other beverages. Respect the panel and remember to switch off your mobile. Let the interviewer direct the conversation and be careful not to interrupt. Listen carefully to the interviewer’s questions and be thoughtful in your responses. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. Respect the interviewer’s time. Answer questions thoroughly, but get to the point and avoid rambling, off-topic responses. Everything you say in an interview is potentially verifiable so it is important to be truthful. All candidates have strengths and weaknesses and interviewers know that.  Being honest about your shortcomings with an added comment about your willingness to learn goes a long way in an interview.

Be prepared to explain employment gaps and be honest about reasons for leaving past employment. Interviewers know that even good candidates can end up in a less-than-ideal employment situation and need to move on.  If you have been terminated from a position, avoid placing blame on others. Explain the circumstances honestly, accept responsibility for your part in the termination and let the interviewer know what you learned from the experience. Even if you have done your homework about the company and have a pretty good understanding of the job requirements, it is important to ask questions. Ideally, you will be weaving questions into the interview as it progresses and those questions should focus on the employer’s expectations and how your success on the job will be measured. It is perfectly acceptable to bring a list of prepared questions to the interview and to reference it before the meeting concludes to make sure that you have all of the information you need.

If you are truly interested in the job, let the interviewer know that and then ask about the next steps in the process. If you have not been provided with a business card, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for one.  You will need that contact information for your follow up correspondence. Thank the interviewer for their time and be sure to thank the receptionist on your way out the office.

Follow up is the next step. This is the electronic age and many candidates prefer to send an email or even a text message to thank the employer for their time.  While that is certainly acceptable, there is no substitute for the personal touch that an old-fashioned handwritten note on nice cardstock provides. It might be just the thing that sets you apart from other equally qualified candidates.

 

 

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