The job market can be brutal. With so many people competing for a finite number of jobs, companies can be picky. Job seekers need to be able to convince employers right from the start: the job interview. Getting ready for an interview isn’t very complicated. Here are some job interview tips to help you:
Recruiters need to know you understand what you’re getting into. Your answers will tell them whether you understand how the position contributes to the company’s success and whether you can be an asset.
You won’t be able to answer this unless you have enough knowledge about the position, the employer, and any event or issue involving the firm or its industry.
So our job interview tip #1 is research. Imagine the job interview as a thesis defense. It’s your shot to prove your knowledge and skills.
Read as much as you can about the company and the position. Anticipate questions. What are its values? How old is the company? Did it recently expand or rebrand?
Use note cards or a notebook to store the information and answers to possible questions. These come in handy if you’re applying for different companies in the same industry.
Finally, prepare for the personal questions. These demonstrate your self-awareness and character. They also tell your interviewer if you can fit in the company’s culture.
Not everyone is an actor. However, this doesn’t mean you can stammer all over your interview. You want to be able to show that you can be articulate. Your ability to communicate your thoughts determines how well you can work with teams, managers, and even partners.
So job interview tip #2 is practice. Practicing helps you be more coherent. Like a stage actor, the more you rehearse your lines, the more confident you’ll appear on performance day. Practice in front of a mirror if you can.
Using the notes from Part 1, think of answers to every conceivable question and practice them in front of a mirror or a recorder. Adjust your content, modulation, and body language accordingly. You can even ask a friend to act as the recruiter and give you feedback.
While it helps to prepare, don’t let it stress you out too much. Make sure to relax on the day before the interview. You wouldn’t want to be a nervous mess after all.
Cramming any of the aforementioned steps will lead to panic. The day before your interview should be for final polishing and minor preparations. Once you’ve done that, take some time to calm down. Know where the interview will be and plan how you’ll get there.
And of course, make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep might lead to a lack of focus. For some people, a lack of sleep makes them cranky. You wouldn’t want to be cranky when you meet your interviewer.
Before heading out, eat a decent meal beforehand. Avoid food that might make you want to run to the comfort room (trust us on this). Make yourself some coffee to help you perk up. If coffee usually makes you more nervous or results to palpitations, then skip it.
Dress to Impress
When you walk into the office, your prospective employer will take note of every detail, including your clothes.
The general rule is to wear either business casual or business attire. Either one is usually made of a button-down shirt or blouse (oxford shirts are preferable), trousers or a skirt, and leather shoes (either lace-up shoes, loafers, or heels). A coat or blazer can make the outfit dressier.
If you really want to adapt to the environment, do some research into the company’s dress code or environment and make your outfit one level more formal.
On the big day, just remember to give it your all and stay positive, and should you not get that job, remember there are still other opportunities out there. Be natural. Be relaxed. And be prepared. Happy job hunting!