The interview is the most important part of the job search process. Job interview typically precedes the hiring decision. The interview is usually preceded by the evaluation of submitted CVs from interested candidates, possibly by examining job applications or reading many CVs. Mathematically, interview carries larger percentage. While CV and networking work hand-in-hand. Preparing for a job interview is essential to making a good impression. Not everyone possesses the ability to persuade or show good impression, but there are ways to develop it and summon it when you need it on a job interview. You don’t need to be like a soldier going to the war fronts with arms and ammunition in order to ensure success in your interview. As long as you’re ready to adopt the following under listed tips, success is on your way.
1. GATHER ENOUGH INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYER
Getting enough information is one of the first tips every job seeker must put in place. Finding the relevant information of a hiring company is like a game, and you need to use the right methods to come out on top. Some of the likely information you need to find out include; the company year of establishment, the mission and vision statement of the company, some of the key players in the company, the product and services of the company, to mention a few.
So what are some best-kept secrets to gaining this information so you can streamline the communication and application process? Check out these suggestions, stalk them, e.g. you can make some phone calls to company gatekeepers, administrative assistants, interns, or secretaries and others. You can also use email verification tools, check out public records, contact former employees, make calculated assumptions and search social networking platforms. By doing so, you’re gradually creating a good impression for the employer and the entire recruiting team.
2. STUDY AND UNDERSTAND THE POSITION YOU’RE APPLYING FOR
He who fails to plan they say, plans to fail. You’ve been called for an interview. Don’t just sit back and wait for the date to come. Otherwise, you’ll be preparing yourself for failure. Go back to the job advert and study the job description. Learn what is expected of the role. For instance, if you’re interviewing for a Security Manager role, you should be able to define security and other related concepts. You should know what the responsibilities of a Security Manager are. You should know the various reports written by a Security Manager. You’ll find all these information on the internet.
3. REVIEW INTERVIEW MANUAL AND DO A MOCK INTERVIEW BEFOREHAND
It is necessary for every job seeker to go through past interview manuals related or not related to the company. This will provide a resourceful background of what is expected of you. it’s well-known that preparation is key to pulling off a strong interview, but Katherine Burik, founder of The Interview Doctor, recommends preparing your responses in writing in advance. Edit and then practice saying your stories out loud until the responses should sound succinct and support your claims. Know by heart the stories you want to tell that demonstrate your accomplishments.
4. DRESS PROPER AND ARRIVE TO THE INTERVIEW VENUE ON TIME
Traditionally, interview wisdom will tell you a dark suit, a pressed button-down and perfectly shined pumps or shoes. But truthfully, it all depends on the gig you’re applying for. This getup works great in a traditional environment, like a bank or law firm but at a more creative business or a startup, you’ll be way overdressed and a polished business casual look might be much better.
As regards the time, early! We like the better-safe-than-sorry approach here and suggest planning to get to the office with about 30 minutes of leeway-you never know what traffic or subway gods could be working against you.
5. DURING INTERVIEW PROPER, DON’T GIVE GENERIC ANSWERS
The more specific and tangible examples you can provide that demonstrate that you have the experience needed, the better,” explains interview coach Margaret Buj. “In my experience most people unfortunately give very generic answers that don’t make them stand out from others.” A good way to stop yourself sounding generic is to provide as many specific examples as you can of how you’ve added value, of course making sure they’re relevant to the skills the interviewers are looking for.
6. AFTER THE INTERVIEW, ENDEAVOR TO APPRECIATE THE INTERVIEWER(S)
Before you walk out of the interview, endeavor to thank the interviewer(s) and after the interview, try and send your appreciation message through mobile number, email or postal address. By so doing, you’ll certainly get an edge over other finalists who did not bother to appreciate. Don’t forget an adage that says; appreciation is an application for more.