Mastering how to write a good cover letter, and an excellent resume are some of the things many jobseekers pay lots of attention to. Although these are important, passing an interview even with the right job qualifications is something else. Going the extra mile to prepare for an interview, how you will answer the questions, among other aspects, may help give you extra points during the interview. Outlined below are a few interviewing tips and tricks for job seekers.
- Research On The Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity, And The Employer
Having some knowledge on the employer, the opportunity, and the hiring manager can help you make through the interview, and potentially get a job. First, you need to understand what the job requirements are, understand the employer, and even run a background check on the interviewer if necessary. It's by researching the employer or interviewer that you can know what they'll probably ask, what they need, and how to answer their questions. Make use of research tools, search engines, and published materials to build an understanding of the employer and the vacant position they intend on filling.
- Go Through Commonly Asked Questions During Interviews, And Prepare Your Responses Accordingly
You need to prepare adequately for interview questions too. If possible, ask the hiring manager for a heads up on the type of interview. Pick the little bits such as whether the interview will be in a group or a one-on-one setup. Be sure to ask if you will be facing a panel or a single interviewer. With such information, you should be able to prepare well for the interview and even focus on the main factors alone.
One of the best ways to respond to interview questions is answering them in the form of a narrative. This way, you will be able to remember what/how you prepared for it. You don’t need to memorize anything, but instead talk points out. There are several ways and tools that can help you prepare well for an interview. This will increase your ability to get a job.
- Dress For The Interview
You need to look presentable for the interview too. This means planning your wardrobe for a specific interview. Be sure not to be under-dress or overdressed. Wear something that fits perfectly and gives out a better picture of yourself. Be sure to use jewelry and accessories to the minimum. Remember to brush your teen and use mouthwash just before stepping out of the house.
- Be Punctual, Relaxed, And Well Prepared
Leave the house early for the interview and make sure you are within the premise a few minutes or an hour to the interview. This way, any anxiety you might have will have faded. You will also be able to go through the paperwork while relaxed in readiness for the interview. Arriving early for the interview always works for many people.
Take extra steps to prepare for the interview. Make additional copies of the resume, have another reference list, and even take a notepad and a pen, to be safe. Once in the interviewing hall awaiting your chance, turn off your phone, chuck out the chewing gum, and anything else that might be distracting or seem inappropriate.
- Create Good First Impressions
Being polite goes a long way in every situation. For instance, you need to be nice to everyone you meet, not just in the interview room, but also the parking attendants, receptionists, and fellow interviewees as well. Treating other applicants and staff members with respect might catch the hiring manager's eye and attention. Making a good first impression to the interviewers the first few seconds in the process will go a long way in making or breaking an interview.
First impressions start with you arriving early, dressing appropriately, and being kind to everyone you meet. Be sure to make eye-contact when responding to a question or when explaining something. If you have to shake someone's hand, make it firm but not bone-crushing firmness.
Be sure to express enthusiasm and positive attitude towards the employer and the job. Enthusiastic job seekers almost always get the job and are top considerations in every position.
- Show Confidence, Be Authentic, Concise, Focused, And Upbeat
First impressions aside, you need to show confidence and deliver just the right response to questions asked. The goal is to respond truthfully while portraying authenticity. The only way you can showcase your skills is if you are confident with yourself. Show the employer that you are up to the task. You can however only do this by providing solid examples to solutions, and give references to your expertise in examples from your point of view and experience
Preparing for an interview, and more importantly, the responses you'll give makes it easier to give solutions and answers in a summarized form. This way, you avoid getting the interviewers bored or seem to be rambling through something you don’t understand. While an interviewer might want to bait you into an argument, try as much as possible to avoid the bait and remain professional. Some interviewers do this just to test your patience and ability to work under pressure.
- Don't Forget About Body Language
Poor body language could make an otherwise perfect preparation or response to questions go sideways. Even the simplest of actions, such as listening actively, solid posture, eye contact, nodding, or even smiling goes a long way in making an interview a success. That said, be sure to avoid playing with your pen, chewing gum, fidgeting on the chair, or mumbling during the interview. Doing this will only cost you the interview and a chance.