You have a job interview, and you are very nervous about it? It’s totally normal to feel edgy especially if it’s your first job interview. Feeling nervous is good, it keeps you prepared, but then you need to manage it else it eats your confidence.
With enough preparation and proper guide, a job interview newbie can appear like a pro. It does not mean it will be any less daunting as it would be even for a pro. Being called up for an interview by an employer means you have on paper what they are looking for, and they just needed to assess you in person.
Millions of job seekers every day submit their resumes and CV to companies but only a few thousand make the list for an interview. And a smaller number of those called for the interview get that acceptance email or call.
Getting a call or email for an interview is the first step, what you do to prepare for the interview, on the day of the interview, and after the interview can become the deciding factor.
What to do before an interview
There is so much advice on the internet today on what you must do to ace a job interview and turn the heart of the employer. But it really isn’t simple. The employer knows what he wants and you either have it or you don’t.
what you can do and control is having the right ingredients for the position you are aiming for, prepare very well for the interview, and show the employer what you will add to the company.
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- what employers really want from job seekers;
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- 7 skills you must improve to scale up your career; and
- The 6 habits of highly employable people.
Once you get a call for an interview, you become both excited and nervous. At this point you may become restless, it vital for you to keep a cool head and prepare for the interview date. You may not have enough time on your side but you need to prepare yourself.
Here Is What You Must Do Before The Job Interview
- Research the company or your employer meticulously. Find out all the information you can about the company, and anticipate possible questions that may arise with this knowledge. Anticipate the questions the employer will ask you about the company, and then plan a methodical response for them.
- Try to know your weaknesses and your strength. Knowing your weakness, a day or two before an interview does not necessarily mean you will improve over-night. But you most certainly can make up for your weakness with your strength. Your interviewer may focus on your weaknesses to see how you react.
- Go through some past interview questions relating to your field and try to improve on them. Visit google and make some research. You can visit career service departments, websites, firms, and find out if they have interview guides or will be willing to hold a mock interview with you.
- Be sure to set up a good online presence defining who are. Most interviewers go online to find out more about who they are going to be working with to ensure they don’t employ someone who would bring a negative impact to the company.
- Getting the right outfit and dress for the interview is also as important as preparing for the questions. Your appearance is what the employer sees first when you enter an office even before you utter a word. So, you wouldn’t want to sell yourself short with your appearance, and like the say “first impression matters”. So, if it means ironing your clothes, getting a haircut, or trimming your beard the night before the interview, then do it.
What to Do During the Job Interview
We talked about making a good impression of yourself and might want to start with arriving early for the interview.
- It is good practice to arrange everything you will need before the interview day. Sleep early and wake up early. Prepare your meal the day before, and set everything in place before the interview day. You may want to arrive at the interview venue 15 or 30 minutes before the scheduled time.
- Try to behave in a more courteous manner even with the receptionist of the firm or company. You may not know this but some firms and companies get feedback from the receptionist. Be respectful, be pleasant, smile more, and always be thankful.
- Pay attention to details and instructions from the interviewer. Listen and get all the information or question, and don’t be too hasty to speak. Make note of important information and speak when it’s necessary, preferably when you are asked a question.
- Your body language also tells a lot about you. Your body posture, eye contact, and your level of concentration will be read by the interviewer.
- When you are asked a question, be articulate with your answer. Reply to each question (if possible) with an example. Preferably an example from past experience that best explains how to handle situations, and doesn’t lie.
- When you are in an interview environment everything about you will be reviewed including eye contact and handshakes. You should follow the standard procedure of a business or office etiquette. Because whilst they are asking the questions, basic things like your sitting posture, your finesse, your communication skill, and eloquence are being checked as well.
- You should also ask questions too. You may be wondering isn’t that the job of the interviewer? There are no rules that said you cannot ask smart questions. But never ask questions about getting a salary raise or about vacation and leave. You can ask questions to find out more about the company like; where will the company be in the next 5 years? Ask about the goals of the company.
- Try to maintain a very high level of professionalism, even if you are a novice. Do not familiarize yourself so much with the interviewer that forgets your purpose for being there. When you are invited in, you still have to maintain that business etiquette. Do not sit until invited. Meet people there and exchange cards.
What to Do After Your Job Interview
This is the stage and steps many job seekers neglect, but it is also as vital as the interview itself. After the interview, a simple follow up and thank you will do a lot of magic for you, besides a simple thank you won’t hurt.
Send them a thank you text, thank them for their time, and include texts like this was a very exciting experience, I would love to be the successful candidate, or can’t wait to be part of the team.