Job Interview is never an easy experience to candidates; however, it’s so important that you have to prepare very careful to overcome it. Though it’s hard, practice may resolve your problem. Below are some tips that I have attracted from years of experience in conducting and research job interview which may be very useful to candidates who are applying for a job. Practice them with your friends or family members and you will be well-prepared for any interview:
Tips Before the Interview
1. Read the interview invitation carefully. Normally, you will be sent a letter or email inviting you to an interview. First thing to do is considering possible requirements in that letter.
2. Reply to the above letter/email confirming the date, time and location of interview. If you are not sure about this information, you may ask for more details in your reply.
3. Be punctual. Arriving early shall allow you to complete some procedures or prepare better for the interview. Normally, arriving 15 minutes earlier should be Ok.
4. Tell the receptionist that you have arrived for the interview so that he/she may arrange your meeting.
5. Bring the invitation letter with you.
6. Bring several copies of your resume with you so that you may give them to the interviewers as a formal thing to do.
7. If you are required to bring certificates or references with you, make sure they are available and in your briefcase.
8. Wear properly. Clean and professional office cloth shall demonstrate your seriousness and well-manner. Poor outfit, on the contrary, shall leave a bad impression about you.
9. Know by heart your profile as you may be asked to present about you verbally to the interviewers.
10. Finally, do some research about the company before going to the interview. You may want to check its website or ranges of products, head office, sales stands, etc. A good demonstration of understanding about the company will surely score a good point in front of the interviewers.
Tips During the Interview
11. Knock the door before you enter unless you are led into by the interviewer. Nevertheless, this manner cannot be forgotten.
12. Greet the interviewers with a firm handshake and a smile. An initial friendliness shall help ease the pressure of the interview.
13. Keep your eye contact. Don’t look away or look down as it indicates that you are nervous or shy. A straight look at the interviewer indicates that you are confident.
14. Body language can tell a lot about your traits. It’s a part of soft skills that are required for communication and for many jobs. Whether you are a dynamic, confident person or a shy one, your body language may tell.
15. Tell about working experience with emphasis on your achievements which may be relevant to current job.
16. State your career goals straightly and clearly.
17. Balance the length of your answer. Don’t talk too much but also don’t talk too little. Either way, try to avoid going off the main point of your answer.
18. NEVER interrupt the interviewers. It is a bad manner to do. Listen carefully and only speak when the interviewers have finished.
19. Answer questions truthfully. If you lie, it means that you will definitely lose your opportunity if the interviewers find out about it, and they surely have many ways of determining if you are lying or not (from references for example).
20. Keep your head cool during the interview. Don’t rush or worry too much. If you don’t understand their questions, you may politely ask again. It’s a normal thing to do.
21. Prepare several questions to ask the interviewers at the end of the interview if you are required to do so. Let them know your analytical skill and your knowledge about their company. Make them impressed with your clever questions.
22. Be careful when addressing the salary issue. Don’t demand such a ridiculous salary level. You should do a research about the salary of similar position and demand for only a little bit more.
23. Don’t talk bad on the back of your previous employers. These kinds of complaints may go against you when you are answering your possible future employer.
24. Finish the interview by saying thanks to each of the interviewers.
Tips After the Interview
25. Send a Thank-note to each of the interviewers stating your appreciation for the interview.
26. Be modest and demonstrate your willingness to provide any additional information if necessary.
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.