10 Things You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

10 Things You Should Know Before Your Job Interview
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Are you in the process of landing a job, but are worried that you’re not ready for the interview phase especially if you just finished the college?

Getting the interviews right is needed if you are to make an impact with a potential employer. Without good quality interview skills you might never land that dream job of yours.

In this article you’ll learn 10 different considerations that must be made in when you are going to interviews in the pursuit of a new job.

1. Expect awkward questions

You can write up a long list of commonly asked interview questions and prepare answers for all of them. However, when you get to the interview you might not be asked any of the questions you thought would come up.

Therefore, you need to be prepared for original and unique questions that might be thrown at you.

Don’t be surprised by questions that you never thought might come up, but instead tackle them in a calm and logical manner.

Perhaps ask a friend or family member to thrown interesting questions at you in order to get prepared for this in an interview setting.

2. Dress appropriately

If prior to the interview you were given permission to dress casually then by all means do so. However, if you’re going to impress the potential employer then make sure to turn up in a suit. It shows a level of professionalism and that you are taking the job interview seriously.

If they see that you cannot be bothered to dress appropriately for the job interview then they will expect that you are not the type of person to try hard in the workplace too.

Dressing for the part will also make you feel better and give you the confidence needed to carry out a great interview.

3. Research the employer

It’s important to come prepared by researching the employer beforehand. By finding out the little details you can figure out the type of employees that they are looking for. As a result you can create the right impression at the job interview and increase your chances of getting hired.

If you turn up at the interview knowing very little about the company in question, then you’ll run the risk of looking unprepared.

The interviewer will be impressed if you have a bunch of facts and number at your disposal related to the company that’s giving you the interview.

4. Body language is important

It’s said that most of the communication that we do is in the form of body language and not verbal communication. Therefore, you must make sure to be conscious of how you carry yourself.

For example, don’t slouch but instead sit up straight in your seat. Also when you shake the hand of the interviewer ensure that it is a strong handshake, because this shows your presence in the room and indicates confidence.

5. Ask clever questions

Don’t be scared to ask a question or two of your own. If you end up asking the right questions then this will go down well with the interviewer.

For example, if you ask something specific about how you should carry out a specific task in your desired role then it shows to the interviewer that your head is in the game, and you’re thinking about how you’ll fit in with the company.

You can prepare a list of possible questions to ask before you arrive at the interview. However, also consider comping up with some new questions as the interview progress if they are appropriate.

6. Be yourself

At the interview you need to give the potential employer a sense of who you are. Getting a job is also ensuring that there is a right fit between the person and the company.

If you fake your personality in order to get the job you might not actually be the right fit for the atmosphere that you’ll be working in. This is not ideal for you or the company that’s hiring you.

7. Turn up on time

First impressions count for a lot and the way to ensure that you get off on the right foot is by turning up on time. If you cannot make it on time for the interview then it doesn’t give the interviewer much confidence that you’re going to turn up for work on time.

In the event that you have an emergency be honest about it and you might get a shot at another date.

8. Sell yourself

When appropriate take the time to sell yourself in order to close the deal. There is no point in being mild when it comes to this aspect because you can bet that the competition is also going to highlight their positive points.

Selling yourself is an activity that you can practice before the interview takes place. Simply figure out the reasons for why the company should hire you and what you can bring to the table.

By doing this in a concise but truthful manner you can make the job of the interview easier. Also try to backup each of the points you make with evidence.

9. Write a good CV

In the interview the CV will likely play a role. The interviewer will have it out in front of them and want to go over the information you have entered.

Therefore, it makes sense that the CV should have plenty of related good points in there and also be truthful. If you lie in the CV then you’ll need to keep lying, and eventually you’ll be found out.

It’s important that you take the time to write the CV using great sentence structure and grammar. This indicates to the interviewer that you’ve taken the time to give your best effort when writing the CV.

If you aren’t confident in your CV writing skills then you can always practice or look for examples online.

10. Be thankful for the opportunity

At the end of the interview don’t leave without expressing how thankful you are for having the opportunity to get the interview. You could also say how much it would mean to you if you got the job.

By showing how much you are invested in this you’re going to indicate that you are really going to try hard to do well and stay in the job.

Ideally employers are looking not only for skilled workers, but also ones that are going to care and be committed for the long term.

Conclusion

By taking the 10 different considerations above in mind you can begin to figure out what the secrets are for executing a perfect interview that makes you irresistible to hire. There is an element of luck involved in interview, and this is especially true if there is a lot of competition.

However, by taking the tips in this article into consideration you can begin to tilt the odds of success in your favour, and hopefully get that dream job you have been aiming for.

Remember that practice makes perfect so you’ll get better at interviews the more you attend.

Author: William Grimsby

William Grigsby is a freelance writer. He can write and research in a wide variety of industries but focused on HR management. William was writing in this space for 2 successful years. Feel free to follow him on Twitter. View all posts by William Grimsby