Every day, hundreds and thousands of people go out of their homes looking for a job, but only few get selected – not always the best candidates, but only those who really knew how to handle job interviews.
There are several aspects that one should keep in mind while interviewing for a job. If you are about to face an interview, you would certainly be requiring some tips for knowing what can make you a good job interview.
Tips For a Good Interview Preparation
Keep these things in mind:
Preparation before an interview: Tips for a successful interview
One of the first steps is to practice the questions and its answers before you attend the interview. You can either practice it with your mirror or your friends, but you must have experience of wording out the answers to the questions that may be asked before you attend the actual interview.
Practicing the answers also makes you relaxed and gives you a sense of confidence, which is very necessary in case you are asked something out of the blue, that you are not ready for.
Refer to – Job interview questions & answers.
Research about the company:
During an interview, some common questions are questions that are aimed at finding out whether you know anything about the company. If you research the company and are able to answer their questions regarding the company, it puts you in a positive light in the view of the interviewer, as someone who has taken an informed decision about their profession and the company where they see themselves working.
Read – What Do You Know about this Company?
Read your resume again:
Another very important aspect is to read your resume before the interview. Remember, the resume is the most important document during the interview, and it is basically a wire-frame over which the interview will take place. The interviewer may also ask you questions related to the information that the resume provides about you, so make sure that you have read the resume and know the exact details and amount of information that you are providing the interviewer.
One of the first aspects that one should keep in mind is being professional in outlook.
Needless to say, that a haphazard dressing style, a quickly rolled up resume and a basic lethargic attitude will get you nowhere in your personal as well as your professional life.
Only if you present yourself as a professional and responsible person who can handle the daily pressures of work, will you be taken into consideration.
Be Systematic in your Approach:
While attending job interviews, be systematic in your approach. Make sure that your answers are not long winding and languid, and you answer only what has been asked and yet try to open up another facet about yourself to the interviewer.
However, make sure that you do not come across like a person who is obsessed with perfection or that you are a person who is more disciplined than necessary.
The world of business thrives on people who think smart and out of the box. Anyone who is tied up with concepts and certain principles may not fit the company goals.
There is a major difference between being informed and being knowledgeable. A person can take up information from anywhere, but true knowledge comes out from years of studying and experience. An expert interviewer will also try to find out about your knowledge base. Therefore it would be a very good idea to read up and revise your professional knowledge before you attend an interview.
Every business area has some information that is more of less rudimentary and basic. Some industry fields may require the person to be well updated and have the required info about current affairs, etc. This can be an aspect that an expert interviewer will try to find out about you during the interview. Therefore, make sure that you read up on industry trends, news or current standards before you are attending the Interview.
However, while trying to impress the interviewer that you are informed, be sure that you do not come across as a person who has too much of useless information. In a company, every minute is an important resource, and the interview is a place where the interviewer looks into how you use your time effectively.
How NOT to Interview For a Job:
Good Interviewing tip – Avoid the Common Job Interview Mistakes
Avoid giving the interviewer rational for a decision – “this candidate failed and s/he is not fit our job requirement”. There are many job interview failures and mistakes that you’ve probably heard. I suggest reading two articles previously written for this blog:
Knowing what to say:after the above articles, you may be interested in reading what are the small things that make a successfu/good interview – What to say and what not to say in an interview.