“A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, rather the right time to use your abilities.”
Starting your job interview preparation with an optimistic thinking is as important as the preparation itself. You have to be confident and make a good impression on the interviewer so that they get convinced you’re the perfect fit for the job role. To do that you need to have a sheer knowledge regarding the company and its products or services.
Here we have prepared some great tips and tricks to get interview ready for all kinds of interviews and fresh and experienced both candidates.
Also, candidates, who have failed in their earlier interviews, can get the ideal information regarding preparation for interviews. Sometimes there are a lot to learn from failed interviews as well. And you need to find that out and work on your inabilities so that you do not make the same mistakes again.
“ Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.
If you have a job interview soon and you are confused about what to do and how to prepare for the interview to make it perfect then this article is for you.
Well, this tension is common for someone who has never done it before or who has done it unplanned and failed initially. Here we have a number of suggestions for both the types of candidates-
Research the company culture
After reading the job description carefully, first and foremost work is to find out about the company, your job role and the responsibilities as much as possible. Company research is an important part while preparing for the interview but sometimes it can be tricky because you never know which information will actually help in the interview. Hence it is always better to do all your homework and give it the first and foremost priority. A number of interview questions will be based on the company culture and they would like to test your knowledge regarding how much you know about the company. It is helpful for preparing both- the responses to a few interview questions and also asking the interviewer a few questions about the company. It will also enable you to understand the working environment of the company and decide whether the kind of company culture is suitable for you.
Look attractive on Resume
Second most important part of an interview preparation is to make sure your resume provides the best possible knowledge about your skills like communication, decision making, time management etc. However, for an interviewer, the resume is the first impression of an interviewee and hence it should be effective enough to stand out among other many candidates. Always include the most important info on the front page and ensure that you have a proper knowledge about how to create an impressive resume to make a good impression.
“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”- Bill Gates
Selection in a job interview depends on clearing many rounds and while the first one is mostly depended on resumes, one must look good in the personal interviews. Hence it is absolutely crucial what you wear on your interview. While it is always better to wear formals, depending on the job criteria many companies do not have any formal dress code rule set for interviewees. No matter whatever you prefer to wear, make sure it is washed and pressed. Ensure your shoes are polished and keep everything handy so that you can reach it easily.
Practice & Rehearse
The most convenient way to prepare for an interview is to research and create a list of common interview questions and prepare answers for those questions. As they say “Pratice makes a man perfect”, there is no doubt that the more you will practice you will be ready to respond in the job interview. It’s important to practice for getting used to verbalizing your answers and become more comfortable with speaking skills.
Take some time to prepare the answers of some probable interview questions that you may face during a job interview. This will help give you an opportunity to prepare and practice those answers, and will also help grow your confidence because you won’t be struggling for an answer while being in the interview hot seat.
Practice the interview session ambience with a friend or any family member beforehand so that you get prepared regarding the relevant situation and the way of delivering the answers in a proper manner. It will help you overall to calm your nerves when you will be actually in a job interview.
Try to organise a ‘practice interview’ session in as same format as the real interview. For example, if it is a face-to-face interview, ask a friend to come over to practice answering questions face to face. If it is a phone interview, ask a friend to call and rehearse the interview over phone.
For panel interview as well, ask a group of friends to pretend as a panel and start practicing.
Review common job interview question and answers and think about how you will respond so you are prepared to answer.
One can also take the help of a professional career counsellor if required as they coach and take mock interviews on a fee based service to help you prepare for your dream career. But if you want to do it yourself and practice on your own there are several ways to prepare for an interview at home without any professional help. One can practice interviews or as mentioned above, with friends and family for assistance.
Role play being an interviewer
However, you should sometimes try to put yourself in others’ shoes. Play the role of an interviewer and think what you would have asked the interviewee if you would have been in his/her place. Also, you can research the most common and possible interview questions applicable to your job role. Such an approach will lead you to a lot many questions in mind from which you can pick some genuine ones to prepare the responses. Thus you will be one step ahead and can face those expected questions better.
Listen and ask
You may have prepared a number of questions to answer but if you don’t listen properly then you wouldn’t understand what the interviewer wants to know exactly, from you. Hence, listening and paying attention is important for giving an apt response.
Sometimes it happens that during the interview if anything happens out of the syllabus means out of what you have prepared for then you get nervous and tend to plan your next response. But that is not the right time to think, rather you must listen what they are saying and then prepare your queries in mind. And you can also bond with them with this kind of conversation but if you do not listen you will miss the chance. For example- if they make a joke, you are supposed to catch the meaning and laugh but if you seem busy thinking about your next response then it will look awkward and your tensed face will be evident. Make it a more natural conversation than just a formal interview.
You can always take a little bit of pause to think and respond slowly. That is more natural. Otherwise it will look like a monotonous process. Just take a moment and slowly respond to the question or talk slowly while preparing the answer to continue the conversation.
However, there is always one question that appears in most of the interviews, which is “Do you have anything to ask?” While researching about the company you can have a few questions ready to ask the interviewer. This type of conversation will build a good relationship with the recruiter and impress him/her.
It is important to feel confident during an interview and for that, you have to appear in more interviews and get used to with the whole process. Confidence is the key to win an interview. Once you convince the interviewer that you are confident enough for performing the challenges that comes with the job role then you are good to go. For example, you may have prepared for the questions but you are not confident about whether you are ready to relocate or not. This is also a very common question as well as imperative query of any company. However, during the interview process there are some tricks to look and convey your confidence-
- Connect with the interviewer, not impress– Remember that wearing a suit or dressing like a pro can only show your sense of formal attire that is required for any job but that does not get you a job completely. So, it is important to figure out how you can build a rapport with the interviewer rather than trying to impress them. In any job role it is an essential criterion to see how you can connect with people because it helps in performing any position. For example, as a newcomer in a company if you have to work with a team you have to connect with them, not just impress them. That won’t do the job.
- Talk to yourself with kindness– it is very important to keep in mind that a man is his own best friend, so talk to your own self like a friend befoe any interview and collect some positive thoughts to gain confidence inside and disperse any sort of critical thoughts that stand in your way.
- Be ready to sell yourself- It is very much clear that interviewers are not mind readers that they can automatically know about your abilities and how you can be of use for them. So it is your duty to convey your abilities and showcase your talent to them.
- Eye Contact- Even if sometimes you do not feel confident enough you can always fake it through making good eye contact. And this is the best way to show that you are confident. While responding to your hiring manager, you must talk looking at their eyes with a natural eye contact.
This way, showing confidence will make a better impression on the interviewer and you will also be ready to respond in a better way.
So, candidates, if you follow all these steps you can be confident and ready for the interview to slay it like a pro.