How To Prepare Yourself For Your Job Interview?

It is very important to keep yourself upgraded or you will stand nowhere in this era of competition. Whether it is your first interview or you are going as an experienced candidate for the interview, it is very important to be presentable to the company where you are going for your interview. You have to be very confident about how you will be presenting yourself before the interviewers.

If you are going as a fresher, it is very important that you should know the tactics of the interview. Normally, the rules or the tips remain the same for a fresher and an experienced candidate.

Though it is important that you should know a few details well in advance before going for your interview, you should be prepared for anything that comes across in your interview. This is because the recruiters are also facing the same competition factor as you do. They may come up with some surprising elements in their interview to introduce new things.

Nowadays, different companies have different interview patterns according to the norms of their organizations. Many big companies will be having a set of interview rounds through which they will test you in every way they could to ensure that you fit well in the company for the position you will be interviewed.

Normally, the interview pattern changes from one company to the other. However, we will be discussing here, some of the interview tactics that will help you prepare yourself for your interview.

1. Do Research

It is important that you do research on the company you are going to give your interview. You should have some details of the company beforehand and these details should include:

  1. The company’s inception; since how many years the company is been existing.
  2. What is their key area of working and how long they have been in the current sector?
  3. What will be the interview pattern? If it is going to be taken by a single person or a panel of persons.
  4. What documents will be required to be taken with you?
  5. Try to learn about the products and services the company is selling.
  6. Try to find out the company’s culture to ensure your happiness with the job.
2. Be Presentable

When you go for an interview in any company, it is very important that you look presentable and sharp. You have to be very particular on what you wear when you go for your interview. You should choose your clothing depending on your designation and the industry you are going for.

You need to cover your skin flaws like spots or wrinkles if any with good cosmetics. You should smell good which is the topmost thing to be kept in mind. In all, you should look neat, sharp, confident, and completely presentable when you go for your interview.

3. Prepare Yourself 

You should have all the required documents in a neat folder along with your experience certificates if any, your degree certificates, a note for noting down anything, extra copies of your resume, and a pen. Moreover, you can also practice in front of a mirror to check yourself in terms of confidence and body language.

4. Be Punctual

Punctuality is something that matters a lot when it comes to any profession. You have to be on time for your interview which creates an impression of being punctual and it really matters to every company. It is correctly said “the first impression is the last impression” and you should be conscious of what impression you are making on the company people when you visit them for the first time.

So, never be late on your interview as it will give a negative impression to your interviewers. Always be on time when you visit any company for your interview and this can also add a positive point in favor of your personality.

5. Show Your Enthusiasm

Be enthusiastic while giving your interview. Your handshake should be firm which shows your confidence level to your interviewers. Try to make eye contacts as much as you can when you answer as this also reflects the confidence level.

Moreover, when you answer, keep your voice firm so that it shows your determination and interviewer gets ensured of you having good knowledge of what you are speaking. Be active in answering the questions and keep your body language sharp and calm. Your postures should be upright and straight which will reflect a good sign of personality.

6. Listen

This is the most common interview skill, that many of us ignore while going for an interview. It is important that you listen carefully to your interviewer before answering them. This will help you in answering correctly. Don’t be impulsive in answering any questions or don’t answer the question when only half listened.

Listen to the questions completely and take your time to analyze and then answer. This will help a lot in giving correct answers and reduce the chances of getting wrong.

7. Answer the Question Asked

Listen carefully to the question being asked and then proceed to answer that question. Many times, it happens that interviewer asks one question and the candidate answers something else or something more. Give the answer to the point and don’t repeat the things unnecessarily. Keep the answer brief as much as possible and be precise when any technical question is asked.

Moreover, you should be confident about your answer and if you are not then simply convey that you are not aware of the thing being asked to you. This will create an impression of clarity in the interviewer’s mind.

8. Point Out Your Strengths and Weaknesses 

This is one of the common questions being asked either directly by the interviewer or asked to write in a form to be filled before the interview. You should be particular in mentioning your strengths and weaknesses. In other words, be realistic when pointing out these characteristics of your personality as they will be creating a kind of impression on the mind of the interviewer.

9. Prepare Questions on Your Side

This is something most of the candidates miss out. It is a good thing or a good characteristic if you also ask a few questions to the interviewer at the end of your interview. This shows your interest in the company to them and will give a positive feedback to them.

Also, by asking a few questions, you will also come to know if the company is planning on any new project or bringing any changes in their structure of work or infrastructure or their culture.

10. Don’t Miss the Follow up

After giving the interview, it is necessary that you take a follow of your interview with the company through their HR manager via emails or phone calls whatever convenient to you. This will help you know the status of your interview and from that, you can decide upon whether you will be required to give more interviews in other companies or this one will be enough for getting you the job.

In the world of competition, it very important that you should be prepared in all the ways to face anything that comes your way with full confidence and knowledge. So, just prepare yourself in the best possible manner for your interview and get with it successfully.

Written By
Maria Simpson is a highly passionate writer, who has been writing on career counseling, career guidance and interview skills for a couple of years now. She often expresses her views on current interview trends.

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