The best way to do well in your next job interview is to prepare for it. This may sound obvious, but it's not. Too many applicants walk into an interview without knowing as much as they should about the industry, the company and its problems. Remember: You are there to solve a problem. Otherwise, the company would not be hiring.
Hereunder we list the
1. Know the
company. Find out as much as you can about the position, the company and its
needs, so you can show how your background meets those needs. Telephone the
receptionist and ask for copies of company brochures. Be friendly and
professional on the phone and when you go pick up those brochures. Whenever
possible, get a copy of the company's annual report. Get as much information as
you can about the company by asking friends or relatives or other people who
know the company. If the company
has a website on the Internet make sure you go to it.
2. Know yourself. Mentally review the skills and character traits you have that will help the company's bottom line. Think in terms of the value you can add to the position and the company.
3. Know your job
history. Mentally review your past achievements and be prepared to describe your
work experience in detail. Gather letters of reference and samples of your work
to present to the interviewer as proof of your past accomplishments.
4. Know the questions. You can almost bet on being asked ‘Tell me about yourself.’ Approach this from the employer's point of view. Ask yourself, ‘If I were hiring someone for this position, what would I want to know?’ Then answer those questions. And be ready for tough ones, too. Think of the worst questions you could be asked about your experience and abilities, then prepare positive responses.
5. Prepare questions of your own. Employers are as interested in your questions as they are in your answers. And they'll react favorably if you ask intelligent questions about the vacancy, the company and the industry. (Examples: Where does this position fit into the company as a whole? Is there any problem on this job with waste/accuracy/meeting quotas, etc.? What is the largest single problem facing your company now?)
6. Get the big picture. Visualize the entire interview,
from start to finish. See yourself as performing with style and confidence. How
will the interview end? Will you get a job offer or be called back for a second
interview? How much salary do you want? What kind of benefits? The research you
did in step 1 will give you an idea of what to expect. Be ready for any
eventuality. Make a good first
,the outcome of the interview will depend largely on the impression you make during the first five minutes. To succeed, you must project a professional, competent and enthusiastic image. Your aim is to convince the interviewer that you would be an asset to the company.
7. Punctuality. Do whatever it takes to arrive a few minutes early. If necessary, drive to the company the night before and time yourself. Allow extra time for traffic, parking and slow lifts.
8. Dress. Your clothing should be appropriate for the position you're seeking. Dress must fit well within the office and be immaculate. Shoes should be polished; pants/skirts and shirts ironed.
9. Grooming. Clean hair and fingernails are essential. Hair should be styled conservatively. Avoid excessive make-up, jewelery or cologne.
10. Handshake. A firm handshake is appropriate and projects confidence. Make eye contact when you shake.
11. Body language.
Send the right message by standing straight, moving confidently, and sitting
slightly forward in your chair. Show your enthusiasm by making eye contact and
keeping an interested expression. Nod and gesture in moderation; excessive body
movement can distract and annoy the interviewer.
12. Have your own agenda and know where the interview should be heading. This will give you confidence and help you move from one area of questioning to the next. Remember: Most interviewers are as uncomfortable as you are. They just want the position to be filled as fast as possible. If you can put the interviewer at ease by helping things move smoothly, you'll improve your chances of being recruited.
13. Listening skills. Listen carefully and ask questions to probe deeper into what the interviewer is telling you. Most interviewers are delightfully surprised by a question such as, "How could I help you solve the problem you've just described?"
skills. Good grammar and articulate speech are essential. If this is an area
where you're weak, work on it. Practice on your family, practice in front
of a mirror, record your voice, go for a short course -- do whatever it takes to
become a more effective communicator.
Practice on your family, practice in front of a mirror, record your voice, go for a short course -- do whatever it takes to become a more effective communicator.