In the modern job market, the competition is remarkably high. School leavers, undergraduates and other job seekers are constantly on the search and they do possess the relevant qualifications too most of the time. However, there can be situations where the person is just right for the position but still they do not get hired. Ever wonder why? It could be a poorly prepared CV, unsuitable clothing or mainly, an inaccurate interview. Do you want to be that person who misses the best shots of getting the perfect job because of a silly mistake during the interview? I don’t think so! So let us give you some of the most important tips on what to do and not do during an interview and how to face is confidently to get through.
Prepare everything you need beforehand.
This is a very important part. You need to make time before the scheduled interview and collect all the documents you may be needing at the interview. Basically, keep your cover letter and the resume ready. If there are other papers or documents that you think might help to make yourself look better, collect them as well. It will give an idea about you and your capabilities to the interviewers. Remember to get these files ready at least a day before the big day because last minute preparations can be very unorganized and probably you will forget a thing or two.
Do your research
It is always important to give out the impression that you know about the particular firm or the company you are applying for. You do not want to face an awkward silence if they ask you “what you know about us?” If you can answer confidently to that question, it makes the interviewer believe that you know what you are doing and you care about the interview, job and the company.
Furthermore, find out important factors such as how long they have been in the business? What is their mission? How many employees roughly and specially what is expected from your job role? If they happen to have a famous motto or a slogan that is connected with the name of the company, make sure you don’t forget it.
Previous researches always help you to get yourself look perfect for expected position, have a good conversation with the interviewers and to look eager and interested in working with this particular company or the firm.
Prepare to answer the frequent questions.
Most of the time, the interviewers tend to direct you some common questions. They may sound simple but it is better to be on guard so that you can appear confidence and well prepare for the interview. There will be questions like,
• Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
• What is your biggest strength?
• What is your biggest weakness?
• Why do you want to join this company?
These are some basic questions, but you should remember that it is very important to sound positive. It is better to avoid any negative impression when answering these questions and stick to positive elements, be accurate and confidence.
Dress to impress
If your wardrobe does not include anything to go with the nature of your interview, you better consider finding some because the first impression matters a lot. Now the primary impression you make before the interviewers can depend on many things. Your smile, the way you enter the room, the way you pay courteous wishes etc. But the most important one of them all is how you are dressed.
Chose something highly professional and classy. Do not expose unnecessary accessories, hair dos, make up or body tattoos. You don’t have to look rich, just look professional, neat and clean. It is true that the impression you make by your appearance does not define who you really are, but after all we all are humans. Therefore, be presentable and dress well so it will add up more to your benefit.
Do not arrive late for the interview! It will make the interviewer believe that you are irresponsible, ignorant and not of course suitable for the job title. It is a must to arrange all the needed things the next day. Leave home and arrive at the place with at least 15 minutes to spare. It is always a wise decision to keep spare time just in case if you face unexpected challenges on the way.
• Do not speak ill of your current job
• Keep from mentioning your personal information
• Be confident, Smile, speak with clarity, make eye contact etc.
• Do the proper hand shake and do it firmly
• Keep a couple of stand by options when it comes to explaining why you are good for the job, why they should hire you etc.