10 Important Things You Should Know Before Going for a Job Interview.
I’m pretty sure everyone has had at least one job interview that they’ve completely failed at. Your interviewer asked a question you weren’t expecting and you froze, you wore the wrong outfit, or they just thought you were totally wrong for the role. It can be really disheartening facing interview rejection.
Once you know that your confidence is in order, all you have to do is analyze the possible questions and answers that could be formulated at the interview table.
1. Do your research on the company
You should walk into your interview armed with as much knowledge as you can gather about the way the business is run. Educate yourself on their vision and mission statements (you can find these on most company websites in the ‘about us’ section) and find ways to align what you say during your interview with the company ideals. If you know they’re invested in a project that interests you, or that they could utilize your skill set on, bring this up. It definitely won’t work against you.
2. How the industry is doing and what challenges the company might face.
Is the company facing a PR fiasco? Knowing this will help you assess what challenges they might be facing and, if you are in a position to do so, come up with some solutions to present. If your role is not directly related to finding solutions, you should still at least be aware of what’s going on.
3. Dress the part
There’s an adage that goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Seriously, this is great advice. Get a feel for the company culture and present yourself accordingly. If you’re stepping into the corporate world, suit yourself up and make sure you look smart.
Likewise, if you’re going for a job in the fashion industry, make sure you’re wearing your most on-trend outfit. If you can’t afford to deck yourself out in new clothes, beg or borrow (but probably don’t steal) from your friends or family. It may seem trivial, but believe me, it counts.
4. Who their competitors are and what they’re doing.
The goal of any company is to rise to the top of the market if they are not already there. This means crushing the competition. So, if you can show up with some understanding of what that competition is and even better some ideas for beating them, you’re golden.
5. Ask questions
Show your interest in the role. Ask your interviewers what they most enjoy about their job. This will give you tons of insight into what it’s really like to work for the company and how they treat their employees. Another great question to ask is what they are looking for in their potential employee.
Often, interviewers don’t give away very much about what they want their new staff member to be like, and it is up to the interviewee to try to gauge how they should present themselves. Asking this question can help minimize the guess work.
6. What the role involves
What is the job? It goes without saying, but you should be well-acquainted with the company’s job description. In fact, you should be using that to tailor your resume to that specific job posting.
It also, however, can serve as the foundation of your interview. What are the required skills and qualifications? How does your experience match up? More importantly, can you think of instances or achievements that best demonstrate them? Be prepared to give examples, and you will, stand out from the crowd.
7. Know how to sell yourself
Prepare examples based on commonly asked interview questions, such as times you have worked well on a team, shown initiative, solved a problem, and the most dreaded of all interview questions your strengths and weaknesses. Your interviewer wants to know you can think on your feet, so it is important to provide coherent answers and not ramble off on a tangent.
Make sure you read the job description in the advertisement carefully, and tailor the responses you give in your interview so they are relevant to the role you are going for.
If you are applying for a role where you need to demonstrate a particular ability, make sure you mention a time when you did something similar for your previous employer.
8. Be attentive towards your body language
Poor body language can create a lot of distractions and might disinterest the interviewer from taking the interview. Chewing gum, playing with the pen, slouching, playing with your hairs, shaking legs, biting nails, and more similar gestures are signs of poor body language.
Make a strong eye contact, smile often, and nodding your head are some of the signs of a confident body language. Try to maintain a robust posture from beginning to the end of the interview.
9. Be prepared for every odd thing:
Your interview is the only hurdle between you getting the job. There are chances that the interviewer may phrase some different or “out of the box” questions to you. In such case, don’t seem lost.
Rather, try to answer each question confidently. Sometimes the interviewers are also testing the hidden potentials of the candidates.
10. Don’t feel intimidated
I really think this is the most important tip. Remember, you are interviewing your potential future employers just as much as they are interviewing you. So hold your head high and be confident. Remember that you are awesome, and your interviewer will see it, too.
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