Success in interviews depends a lot upon how one has prepared for it
Job interviews are probably the most important steps you will take in your job search journey and, mind you, they are never perfect. It is your best chance to show the company and the hiring manager that YOU ARE THE ONE for this role. Nevertheless, success in interviews depends a lot on how you have prepared for it. So, we thought of sharing some tips straight from our recruiters for you to sail through smoothly:
1. Research the industry and company
Check the company out on their Website, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. Learn about their projects and the industry they are presently involved with. Make sure you are well informed about their Value Proposition and main goals.
2. Check the interviewers profile
This step could help you find common interests with your interviewer. This information could be helpful to start the conversation at the beginning of the interview.
3. Update your CV accordingly to the requirements and print it for the interview
Make sure that your CV is updated and indicates those skills and requirements which are relevant to the position you have applied for. Check the exact dates of previous employment as well. At the same time, ensure that what you write is true, because interviewers may question anything written on it. It is a good tip to bring some print-outs of your CV just in case the interviewers have some technical issues, and it would indicate how well prepared you are.
4. Dress smart
Have a look at the dress code of the firm, or you can get ideas from the pictures on the company's website on how to dress for the interview.
5. Arrive Early (But Not Too Early)
Arriving too early for the interview creates an equally negative impression on the interviewer. It’s the same as arriving late; forcing the interviewer to accommodate you by changing his or her schedule. Arriving earlier than 15 minutes to an interview could be an inconvenience to the interviewer.
6. Switch off your phone
It is a no-brainer that it can be embarrassing and very distracting if your phone starts ringing. It is considered impolite and rude not to switch off your phone during such an event.
7. Firm and self confident handshake
It is not just polite to shake hands with your interviewers, but it is also a way of showing your confidence. Try to give a handshake which is not too loose and not too strong, but a confident one which expresses your interest and confident personality.
8. Be prepared for the common interview questions
- Talk about your experience and background.
- Why do you want to change your current position?
- Why should we choose you?
- What are your greatest professional strengths and what do you consider to be your
- What is your salary expectation?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What do you know about the company?
- Do you have any question for us?
9. Ask Questions
Be prepared with questions, because you would know more about the position and the company.
How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
How would you describe a typical day in this position?
What is the company's management style?
How many people work in this office/department?
What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
Are there any examples of a career path beginning with this position?
10. Be Conscious of Body Language
Not only the content is important, be careful on your body language also. Eye contact, smile, power pose have a positive message to the interviewer.
11. Don’t interrupt while the interviewer is speaking
You might be eager to get your point across or talk about your experience, but interrupting the interviewer is awkward and rude. Interviewing can be stressful and sometimes that stress manifests itself in speaking too fast, speaking too loudly, talking over the interviewer, or attempting to answer the interviewer’s question before they have actually finished asking the question. You can practice the interview situation with a friend at home to avoid these mistakes.
12. Be polite
If you enter the place, greet everyone whom you meet; formulate your thoughts in a polite and positive way.
13. Don’t Ask About Money
Questions about money before you even know if you’re right for the position can make you look inexperienced, or worse, unprofessional. Money and compensation come up at the end of an interview process when a job offer is being made.
14. Send a thank you note after the interview
Maybe it sounds old-fashioned, but an email with a thank you message has an advantage: you can remind your interviewer of your qualities and skills – you can actually show them off by including a link to your online portfolio or LinkedIn account.
15. Don’t give up
If you fail an opportunity it's natural to feel disappointed. But try to be positive and open-minded for the new chances to find a new job.