All There is to Know About Interview Preparations
Congratulations! You have been blessed with a chance! You nailed the application. Now the company wants to invite you for an interview. What do you do? How do you prepare?
Follow these steps and impress the evaluator.
Points to Consider Before the Big Day
1.) Learn about the company’s background and profile:
Any company would love to have employees on board who care about what the company is planning to achieve in the near future, and what aims is shooting for. This makes it advisable to start this study with the company’s major targets and interests. Showing up with knowledge of these details will project your image as a worthy long-term asset. Make sure you are ready to deeply discuss the organization itself, the industry and the designation that you’re applying for.
Here are a few tips for you in this regard:
- Be aware of the basic information about the one who will test your skills or the interviewer. Get to know his name and position by calling the firm beforehand to confirm your appointment, by researching online or by speaking to someone at the organization.
- Ask the opinions of people already working there, to get a good vibe of the environment the building offers. This will help you ease into the interview conversation effortlessly.
- Your CV matters the most in getting a job, we all know that. However, making noticeable positive changes to it can take years. You can’t really increase your employment experience or education degrees in the few days before the interview, but you can escalate the chances of being employed by knowing more about the employers! Be superior to other applicants in terms of knowledge about the organization, whether by researching through the internet, magazines, news, or even its annual reports.
2.) Predict what you might get asked:
Interviewers usually have great skills to formulate questions through the information you provide about yourself. You must prepare for a wide variety of these, keeping in mind your future plans, what you particularly excel at, and your qualifications. Though, sometimes it is the simplest questions that knock you out in an interview. Some of them are listed below.
- You might be asked about your weakest traits. This pushes you into a tricky situation, where you neither want to tell them the complete truth, such as “I fail to commit to long-term tasks”, nor a complete boasting such as “I just can’t do less than the best!” In such cases, you should opt to be honest, and add a solution that you’ve figured out along with it, such as “I tend to forget things sometimes, but I started using sticky notes on my desk in my last job, and that worked out great for me!”
- Ambition is one of the most attractive qualities when looking for an employee. You might be asked where you think you will be in 10 years from now, to which you should form an answer before the interview. Make sure the answer is honest and portrays you as someone with an open mind.
- It is important to make a list of things that attract you towards the career you’re chasing with this position. There’s a very high chance of being asked about this!
- Lastly, do not be afraid to admit confidently that you do not know about something they’ve enquired. Confidence is key.
3.) Appearance on the big day
You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she looks. Commonly, applicants get ruled out for the job because they fail to dress professionally. Make sure you dress for the interview just as good as you would have dressed for your first day at work. Formality in the wardrobe depicts professionalism in one’s attitude, and is one of the first things that the interviewer will grasp. Here are a few tips that should help you dress up!
- Shirts should most preferably be light colored, such as white or off-white. Compliment this light colored with a black suit and a dark colored tie and black boots. The safest options for colors are always subdued shades such as blue, gray, brown and dark colors or black itself.
- Having breakfast after dressing up increases the risk of stains that might not be visible to you, but may become visible to the interviewer. Make sure you eat first, dress up later.
- Make sure your clothes are free of all kinds of lint or wrinkles.
- Your beard should be shaved or trimmed properly; it plays a huge role in making you look elegant.
- Avoid using any scented products such as lotions or aftershaves, besides cologne. Cologne is a must, just don’t overdo it.
For a final boost in being self-assured about your preparation, you can get a friend to act as your interviewer to practice the whole scene with him, making him ask the aforementioned questions. We wish you all the best!