Do you have an interview after a couple of days? Did you get prepared? Many people prepare interview just by searching for “general interview question”. But preparing for successful interviews takes more than Googling. There are a few things to consider before your job interview. Prepare yourself in advance. Keep in mind, you should impress the HR manager and get a job. Remember, you will never ever get another chance to create a first impression on the job interview. So, it’s important to perform the best in your interview by preparing yourself in advance.
Choose the comfortable dress that you are planning to wear on interview day. Wearing professional or business outfit is the best choice for you. Make sure your interview outfit is washed and pressed. Also, you have the right accessories and footwear to wear with it. By wearing a professional dress for the interview, it shows your sincerity about the company. The HR manager will consider that you’re genuinely interested to work with their organization.
Practice greeting your interviewer
When you finally arrived at your interview, the first thing you need to do introduce yourself to security or receptionist. Let them know that you have an interview. They will intimate to the HR team and the concerned person will conduct an interview for you. Make sure you greet the interviewer with a handshake and smile on your face. Sounds simple right!!! Practising greeting in advance will boost your confidence.
Study your resume and know everything on it
Giving your resume an outstanding and professional look will increase the chances of hiring. Because a resume is a powerful tool to market yourself. Keep a note, always be genuine while writing your resume. The educational percentage, experience and skills should be fair. You need to have a proof for everything – education to experience. An interviewer will look at your resume and get to know about you. Sometimes, they may choose working experience and ask you to explain. Explain to them what are the roles and responsibilities you had performed in your previous job. Never look at your resume during an interview process. Don’t skip this step, it’s important to study your resume before going for a job interview.
Practice the most common interview questions
If you’re a fresher then you’ve no idea what question does interviewer will ask you. It’s important to do proper research on Google before you attend the interview. There are many articles on “most common interview questions and answers”. Read and practice them thoroughly and get to know the most common interview questions. To name a few,
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why do you want to work with us?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should I hire you?
Don’t just memorize while answering the questions. It looks like you’ve already rehearsed for the questions. Instead, you should have a complete idea about what you’re answering to the questions asked by the interviewer. Answer intelligently and naturally to the asked questions.
Research about the organization and your job position
Spend your time researching about the company and your job role. It’s important to visit their official website and know about their history, browse their social media accounts, understand their services, company culture, and more. During the research, you can analyse whether the company is a good fit for you or not. While researching, you may have a question to ask for HR managers. In fact, the hiring manager will expect to ask questions. But don’t ask the unnecessary question and don’t waste hiring manager time. HR managers are smart enough to find out genuine and relevant questions. Do some research and note down a few questions to ask. Keeping in simple, it’s important to have basic knowledge about the organization.
Take a free training
If you’ve applied for a software engineer position, you need to have few skills such as computer coding, object-oriented design, logical thinking, software testing and more. Many people feel less confident when they don’t meet all the requirements for the job role.
Thanks to the internet!!! There are hundreds of free training platforms available online. It includes Udemy, Coursera and edX. No matter whether you’re looking for software training or graphic designing, these online training platforms will help you to grow your skills. Take advantage of these training platforms and boost your skills. In fact, additional training and course completion certifications will make you stand out from the competition. Let the interviewer know you’ve improved your skills by showing a course completion certificate.
Find out your interview type
It’s no surprise there are multiple types of interviews conducted by companies to check the skills of the employee. It includes one-on-one, telephonic, video and group interviews. You can’t assume that you’ll get a telephonic interview or group interview. When you get a screening call from a recruiter, discuss the type of interview you’ll have.
Know the location of the interview and be on time
If you’re new to the area, ask the HR manager to send their office location. With Google maps, you can easily reach the interview location. Be early at least 10 minutes before your schedule. If you’re late to the interview don’t forget to intimate the interviewer about your delay. Also, apologise for getting late and tell them a valid reason for your delay.
Preparing for the job interview can be a time-consuming process. But, you should never neglect it when you have an interview right at the corner. Preparing for the job interview involves 80% practice and 20% advance. If you want to work at your dream company, it’s important to work harder to get there. With the right preparation, you can easily get a job. At initial, you need to consider the job position, whether the job is suitable for you or not. If yes, then start researching the company on LinkedIn and review the work description. Understand the roles and responsibilities, take free training to improve your skills. Research and practise common interview questions. Also, don’t forget to take 3-4 resumes to the interview. Have contact information of the HR manager and inform them about your arrival to the interview.