Interview Tips


Interview tips for job seekers

Candidates welcome, We know many people struggle with interviews though they are the most experienced and best qualified for the job.. whatever may be your reason or need. We will initial stage where you have already completed a few stages successfully such as preparing resume, contacting the professional employers and recruitment consultants and your CV has been found to be interesting and now you have an interview at hand.

The employment interview is often the most dreaded step of the recruitment process by Job Seekers. Well it does not have to be. Below are some tips to help you prepare for the employment interview.

Interview Tips for First Time Job Seekers

1) Research about the Company and the Position

You should do a thorough research about both about the company and the position for which you are being called for the interview.

Of course, if your resume has been sent by a Search Firm or a Recruitment Consultant, then should fill you in with all the relevant information including the selection criterion, the details about the interviewer, what exactly they are looking for in a candidate and the salary they are willing to offer.

But it is you who is the candidate and your stakes are higher. Therefore, you should do your own research before the interview either on internet or at the library about the nature of the company and the products, or the services they sell and the territories they operate in.

The interviewer should get the impression that you are a candidate who is not only keen but is also intelligent, resourceful and has prepared well to suit the requirements for the position.

2) Ask Questions

Normally at the end of a good interview, the interviewer asks the candidate if he or she would like ask any question. This is an excellent opportunity which you should never miss.

Therefore, while you are doing your research about the prospective employer, you should prepare a list of questions to ask. It could be asking the person who is interviewing you, about the company and the position.

This will show that you are well prepared for the interview with a good knowledge base about the company and its lines of business.

  • What are your targets for this position?
  • What are your expectations of someone filling this job?
  • What would be the person’s profile who is ideal for this job?
  • What are the growth opportunities in the next 5 years?
  • What kind of training opportunities your provide at this level?
  • What kind of growth do you anticipate for your firm over the next year?

3) Show Confidence

Whatever be the situation – formal or informal, social or business everyone loves and admires a confident person. Interview is also a situation, where you are under through examination as the company is going to invest in you and expect you to be a productive asset for the employer in the months to come. Hence your talk, body language, behaviour – the overall personality should reflect a minimum level of confidence.

Sometimes they also exhibit indecisiveness.

On the contrary, graduating students have a lot to be confident about. Most of you are from good families, so don’t get nervous and give your best. Since you do not have specific experience in the position, you can definitely talk about your strengths which you shall use to to successfully manage the job.

For example you can talk of your learned and acquired skills such as time management and prioritization skills. You can also tell the interview board about your internship experience and how your used your class room learning and applied it there.

Give specific examples in which you have lead something, have implemented something, have motivated people, etc. But these examples have not to be vague but specific to the job or position. However, even the generic examples will go a long way in providing information about your nature and your suitability for the position in the organisation.

Confidence goes a long way in the interview. To be able to look someone in the eye and speak with authority on a topic or on your experience is one of the first things you can do to help your chances of landing that job.

4) Prepare the answers to probable interview questions

An interview is a process which lets the representatives of the employer organisation to interact with you so that they can check out your suitability for the position applied for from various points of view.

It may be worthwhile to keep in mind that they will ask you only what you are supposed to be doing or have done such as the subjects you have studies, about the projects you have done and your views on some contemporary topics and your knowledge about the industry. While the best answer may not come from you during the interview, you have all the time to think of the most appropriate answer and practice the delivery in the comfort of your home.

Some of the common interview questions are:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What did you do in your summer internship?
  • Tell us something about the projects you have done in the college.
  • Why do you think that you are the right person for this job?
  • Give us an example to illustrate how do you work in a team?

So prepare the answers for about 50 to 100 questions, you think may be asked.The interviewer(s) may also want to know not only whether you have experience and skills but also examples of when you have used these skills before.

5) Practice the ritual at home

There is nothing the beat the confidence of a person who has practiced on his own or through mock interviews at interview training classes. Interview is not just a questions and answers session.

Practice towards a perfect interview before it actually happens there. I always recommend my clients to do this exercise couple of times, especially the day before. It is like this:

Seat yourself at a place where no one will disturb you, take a few deep breaths – inhale and exhale; relax yourself physically and mentally. Make yourself very comfortable, be calm but stay focussed, switch your mind off and relax. Next visualise yourself going to the interview, visualise all the process like a movie. Visualise what you consider to be the perfect interview.  Visualize as you would like it to happen, such as you are cheerful and feeling confident; you are happy to be there, enthusiastic about the position, answering all the questions with confidence and ease.

Our mind doesn’t recognize a difference between what is happening in the real world and what we visualize in the inner world. Your subconscious mind will let you be as if you have done the interview already and you were brilliant, therefore, no reason why not to be even better this time.

 6) Keep Your Resume Current

Your resume should be a continuous work in progress. You should keep your resume refreshed and interesting especially if you’re noticing the resume you use isn’t getting any bites.

7) Be yourself within reason.

Remember this is an interview and you are there to talk about your experience and what you can offer the employer. Try to not share too much personal information, remain professional and focused at all times. Smile and participate in the small talk that the interviewer will most likely start with.

8) Prepare for the Phone Interview
Lots of companies use phone interviews as the first introduction to a candidate, this is as important as a face to face. Be prepared with a series of answers. Also make sure to be sincere and enthusiastic.

9) Dress for Success
Dress for every interview as if you’ve already got the job.

10) In the interview, speak clearly, moderate pace, be logical, and precise

Don’t make long winded comments and stories, try to answer the question and if in doubt,

11) Don’t bring up the salary. Let them bring it up,

once they do, provide details of your current or last salary. If they ask about your expected salary you can mention it at that point.

and Good luck to all of you on your job search.