How to Prepare for Job Interviews

While many people are on the lookout for newer and better jobs constantly many employers are also looking for efficient people to hire. Hence through the process of a job interview the employer gets to select the person best suited for a particular position in his company after preliminary examination, whereas the job-seeker gets an opportunity to showcase his or her skills and expertise raising one’s worth and demand in the job market.

Since the competition in a job market is real high hence if you are applying for a job you are not going to get many chances of presenting yourself properly during a job interview. So you must be prepared beforehand for the job interview to present yourself in the best possible manner, thereby making a strong claim for the position you are opting for. Here are some invaluable tips to prepare yourself for a job interview in general that are going to help you greatly in your quest for the right job:

(1) Prepare an Impressive Resume

Many job applications are rejected outright because of error-prone, untidy or incomplete resumes by the company or person advertising for a job. Moreover the average employer spends 10 to 30 seconds behind examining one resume, as they have to scan through hundreds of resumes daily for job advertisement responses and make a shortlist of candidates for the job interview. So you must prepare an impressive resume to catch the attention of your potential employer and stand-out from the crowd, making your passage through the first hurdle much easier. Make a resume that is well-formatted, follows the general guidelines, is error free, looks quite spacious, looks neat and clean, printed on a high-quality paper and gives all the essential information the employer wants from you in short, highlighting your achievements and skills.

(2) Looks does matter

If you are improperly dressed and present yourself in a slovenly manner or just don’t look alright in your appearance you are more than likely to get rejected in the job interview. So you should make an extra effort in presenting yourself as a confident looking person. Choose your clothes for the interview carefully. Don’t use flashy colors, something light and sober will do and don’t forget to use matching clothes. Use well-ironed shirts and trousers. Comb your hair nicely, polish your nails, polish your shoes and don’t use much make-up or perfumes. Sleep well the night before the interview so that you look fresh and your mind is ready to take on any kind of question.

(3) Do proper research about the company and the job

Doing proper research about the company you intend to join and the job prerequisites before a job interview will place you ahead of your competitors. Search for the company’s website in search engines and go through the various pages carefully studying all minute detail about the company’s profile, management and mission. Check out the products of the company or the markets it engages in and take note of those. Study the requirements of your job profile that will be mentioned in the job posting section of the company’s website. Ask people who have worked with the company earlier about their experiences or read related blogs. All of this invaluable information collected will not only prepare you better for your job interview but will also give an impression to the interviewer that you are really serious about the company or its mission and the job.

(4) Practice before a real job interview

Even though what you would be asked during a job interview cannot be predicted in totality but a part of it is quite common, so it can be very well predicted and practiced beforehand. In most job interviews you’d be asked to tell a bit about yourself, why you intend to work for the company, your past jobs, reasons for leaving past jobs, your career goals, etc. Think and research to find suitable answers to such common questions. Also at the end of the interview you are most likely to be asked to put forward any question of your own. Use this opportunity to ask a thoughtful and intelligent question that would make even your interviewer think a while, thereby creating a much better impression about you. If you have a friend who has also attended similar job interviews then practice with him or if you know somebody who is currently or has been an interviewer in the past then practice with him, posing him as the interviewer. It is generally said that practice makes perfect, so if you show real intent in practicing then you are sure to get positive results out of it.

(5) Staying Relaxed is very important

It is vitally important that you stay focused and relaxed during a job interview. That way only you’d be able to give your best shot, providing relevant useful answers to possible hard questions and present yourself much better. Don’t rush to the interview room as soon as you are called. Take some deep breathes before walking up to the interview table to ease a bit of the nervousness and pace your walk to a comfortable yet confident mode. Don’t ever think that failure in your ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ current interview is a real setback or sort of end of the road to success for you. If you are prepared to learn, work hard and persevere life will surely present you with better opportunities. So stay positive and face the interview with an open relaxed mind. Never get angry or rude during an interview. Always try to answer the questions politely yet firmly. Don’t be haughty; just present yourself in a professional manner despite the provocations, if any.  Remember one thing; the interviewer will take hard tests of you and will see whether you are able to keep your cool in demanding circumstances, you can come out of those tests only if you stay calm and composed. Practice meditation daily as a matter of habit and if possible other breathing exercises to stay stress-free, increase greater blood flow to the brain, lower the heart rate and stay in a jovial mood always.

(6) Be honest tactfully

Lying during a job interview is a bad idea. Many people lie about their qualifications, skills, positions held in past jobs, salaries, etc., as a result of which even if they manage to get the job they are most certain to be found out some day and it will ultimately hurt their career and reputation very badly. So it is always best to be honest about your details while tactfully avoiding the sticky issues. Going into lengthy explanations about your past bad experiences in some jobs or making a certain career choice or some other contentious issue is not required; you just reply to what you are asked in brief but truthfully, no bragging or blatant lying. This way you will earn the respect of the interviewer as well and your chances of being selected will enhance if you fit the job prerequisites.

(7) Present your case the best way

If you have done proper research about the company and studied the job requirements carefully then you must have a fair idea where your skills or qualifications will come handy related to the job. Work on it by making a list of your skills and qualifications and tally those with the job prerequisites. Also find out ways by which you can sound more convincing to the interviewer during the course of the interview through relevant answers focusing on your strengths without forcing your case upon him. Present your case is such a confident manner that will dwell on the benefits the company will have by hiring you, placing your role in the scheme of things of the company aptly without boasting or being arrogant.

(8) Don’t get overawed by a panel interview

Many large companies nowadays have setup panel interview for a job interview where you are asked questions by several interviewers, at times rapidly. This can make most people feel stressed and nervous thereby confusing their responses to specific questions. Even though the interviewers might want to make you nervous to see if you are good enough to meet challenges during the job but you can still remain calm and composed if you work on it. To begin with you don’t have to fear whether you are asked questions by one person or five persons. If you have answers ready you can take on as many persons as would be there sitting opposite the interview table. Take note of the names of each person or simply remember and address them by their first name. Begin the interview by introducing yourself to each member of the panel cordially. Relate answers from one asker with the other relatively to showcase your promptness and intelligence. Make eye contact with each person you are answering to as much as you can. Stay focused and be attentive to each question separately even if they are rapid ones; don’t shy away from answering any question. Remain as calm as possible through the whole process and never lose your cool or be rude.

(9) Sit properly during interview

Even though it might seem less important to many people but the way you sit while attending a job interview tells a lot about your attitude to the interviewer. You can present yourself as a nervous and rattled person or an inattentive person by sitting improperly. You can also look like an arrogant person contrastingly by your sitting posture. So you need to pay attention on this aspect also. Sit in a straight and upright posture with your legs close to each other. Do not slouch or lean on the edges of your seat. Do not fold your hands, let them lie loosely on your lap or rested on the sides of your seat. Avoid making overly expressive hand gestures as it can be distracting. Keep your head upwards always making eye contact with your interviewer. If you are facing an interview panel then turn towards each asker to address them individually.

(10) Always be on time

It is very important that you appear on time for a job interview even it is out of town. You should reach the spot at least 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. This will convince the interviewer that time really matters to you and you have respect for other people’s time also, which is a basic requirement of almost all jobs. So if you have worked hard preparing for the interview then don’t let it go waste by committing last minute blunders in arriving late for the interview that will create a lasting negative impression about you in the mind of the interviewer and make your case weaker even before commencement of the actual interview.

Work on these invaluable tips to prepare for a job interview meticulously and in all likelihood you will come out with flying colors at the end of it, if you are best suited for the job you are applying for to begin with.


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