32 tips to prepare for your job interviews.
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1. Research the company
It is vital you know about
the organization you are applying for. A common observation of
complaints noticed by hiring managers is that most of the candidates
that show up for interviews know little or nothing about the
organization they are interviewing for.
It is critical you
spend quality time researching the company, the background, their
activities, code of conduct, and if possible their competitors. Doing
this reflects commitment and wiliness to work with the company.
can learn about the company’s basis stat on its state and size. You can
also draft your opinion about the company’s strengths and weakness or
troubles they are experiencing. Doing this has lots of benefits if you
can provide information on how you can reinforce the company’s strength
and contribute towards progress.
Researching a company covers
knowing about the company, their products, and also the business itself.
What is the company known for? The company’s performance in the stock
market? Who are the minor and major league companies? What kind of
products are they into? The company’s background? Did they appear on the
news recently? If yes, what lead to that? Which product is the least
popular or most popular? And if people are writing about the company’s
products, are they promoting or criticizing it?
2. Review common interview questions and prepare your responses
Another important step to interview success is preparing for likely questions. If possible, ask the hiring manager the type of interview you should expect – group or one-on-one. Will you meet a single interviewer or a team of interviewers? The aim of this is to try to make calculated guesses on the type of interview and probably the questions you will be asked. This would then serve as the template you will use in preparing for the interview. Put your responses into story form, it helps; it works better than memorizing your answers. There are several tools available that might make your interview easier, consider the STAR interviewing Technique.
3. Dress for Success
Your attire on the day should be one that fits the company culture. Try to keep it formal. It is always better to be over dressed than under dressed. You should appear clean and smart and ensure you keep your jewelry to the very minimum. Do not eat or smoke just before the interview and if possible, use mouthwash just before the interview.
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4. Learn to overcome the fear of losing, failure or rejection
This is the reason why so many people perform poorly in
interviews. This is worse than not preparing for the interview although,
it is sometimes cause by not preparing for the interview.
more than 15 years of recruitment experience and interviewed over
20,000 applicants, I can say that 80% of the candidates are very nervous
in job interviews. If you are worried you will lose 70% chance of
do you think people get scared in a job interview? They are not afraid
of the interview but are scared of losing or rejection. Thus, overcoming
this fear is crucial. So, how can one overcome the fear of losing or
The best way to handle this is by changing your
method of approach and attitude towards the interview. Thus, developing
your self-esteem or confidence is vital.
A little secret to
help overcome this fear is to appear in interviews with an attitude like
you are less interested in the job. Doing this can help increase your
confidence level. According to some researches on psychology, we go
after things we need in life.
When in pursuit of what you
need, you develop the fear of losing when you have not gotten it. The
first thing you need to do is concentrate on achieving that goal; then
you can bring the fear of losing it once you have gotten what you need.
So, it is advisable you show up for an interview with complete
confidence and appear like you do not need the job. Doing this will help
you overcome being scared of losing the job or rejection. It is
advisable you learn how to overcome this fear because no organization
will employ someone who is fearful or lacks confidence.
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5. Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview
You have no excuse for arriving late to a job interview. As a matter of fact, you should arrive at least 15 minutes to the time so you can get settled before the actual interview begins. Arriving early also gives you the opportunity to observe the dynamics and environment of the workplace; hopefully, you might pickup on one or two things that might help you during the interview. Go with extra copies of your CV and reference list. If you have samples of jobs done in the past, go along with it; however, do not go with any confidential material from your last position. Just before you enter the office, put off your cell phone and get rid of anything in your mouth.
6. Take evidence of your achievements
It isn’t enough to talk about your past achievements, also go along with samples or evidence. That said, you do not want to go along with materials that are confidential to your previous position because it portrays you as careless. Feel free to go along with items such as pay slips, references, league tables etc. as long as they are appropriate.
7. Focus more on what you can do for the company, rather than what they can do for you
Someone usually assumes the role of the seller while another takes that of the buyer. At this stage, consider yourself the seller. As the process continues, you will most likely be asked if you have questions for them. No is not an appropriate response. It is also inappropriate to have a long list of interview questions. Keep it brief.
8. Make good first impressions
It is important that you present yourself as polite. Greet everyone you meet right from the parking attendant to the receptionist and of course, the hiring manager. Employers are usually interested in seeing how you relate with members of staff. Note that your first few seconds during the interview can make or break you so it is important you make the first few seconds count. Arrive early, dress well and when you met your interviewer, greet him/her with a smile, while standing and making eye contact. Your handshake should be firm – not too soft, not bone crushing. Remember that it is important that you show enthusiasm for the position at this stage because most interviewers lean towards a decision within the first couple of minutes of the interview.
9. Prep your greatest stories
Amazing stories rarely come by on the fly. Therefore, get your most impactful stories ready and ensure that these stories are related to the job. Write down up to 10 different stories that sum up your experience. Story telling makes people talk naturally. Take the challenge-action-result approach. What is the challenge that prompted them to look for a person for that position? What action could be taken to solve this problem and what would the result be?
Practice by telling these stories to friends and family, after doing this a couple of times, your confidence level will naturally grow.
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10. Bring examples of your work
I have been called several times by hiring managers who expressed their delight at some of my candidates who came to the interview session with samples of their work. You also have the opportunity to do this. Make the most of printed words, it shows how prepared you are and this alone might just set you apart from other candidates.
Idea: Some candidates take a copy of their most recent written review to the interview. Obviously, you should only do this if your evaluation is outstanding.
Perhaps you could come with a graph or a chat that illustrates the actions you took that saved your old company some money or even how you improved their business.
Always couch your examples with the following line of logic:
• This was the situation at the time.
• This is what I did to remedy the situation.
• My actions yielded these results.
11. Remember the importance of body language
as much as what you say and how you look is important, it is also important that you have the right body language. If your body language is wrong, it could be a reason not to hire you or in the best-case scenario, it could be a distraction. The right body language entails that you smile, have a good posture, eye contact, active listening and nodding while bad body language includes playing with a pen, slouching, looking off in the distance, touching your face, stroking your hair back, fidgeting the chair, mumbling or chewing gum.
12. Ask insightful questions
Different studies have shown that many interviewers make a decision on whether a candidate really wants the job or not by the questions they ask. A hiring manager will likely be thorough in what they need so why shouldn’t you be able to ask a question or two? Asking questions shows you have interest; it shows you have done your research and that you are curious and enthusiastic about the position. Prepare these questions before walking into the interview room.
13. Sell yourself and then close the deal
The most qualified candidate on paper isn’t always the one that is hired hence the need for an interview. The person hired is usually the one that responds best to the interview questions and shows that they are the right fit for the position. Think of it as a sales transaction where you are the sales person trying to sell yourself as the product to the hiring manager.
Finally, as the interview is drawing to a close, ask about the next step to the process and if there’s a timetable you should lookout for.
14. Thank Interviewer(s) in Person, by Email, or Postal Mail.
Common courtesy and politeness demands hat you hank everyone that played a part in the interview. You should start while you’re there after which you should send thank you emails and notes to the hiring manager. This wouldn’t get you the job, but it’s an advantage over those that didn’t send.
15. Follow up afterwards
Your interview day shouldn’t be the last day they hear from you. Following up helps them remember who you are and as such, you won’t be forgotten even if you don’t get the position. Send a thank you note to them and an email shortly after that if you don’t hear from them. If this earns you a follow up interview, give it your best shot!
16. If you don’t get hired, find out why
Even if you give it your best shot, it doesn’t mean that you will definitely be hired. A firm cannot hire everyone and if you happen to be among those that weren’t hired, try to find out why. This could help you in your next interview. Reflect on it, check for where you could have done better and use this to prepare for the next interview.
17. Freelancer jobs
Ff you don’t get picked or hired, you shouldn’t be bothered. There are many jobs on the Internet that can help you earn as much, if not more than you would have earned if you worked for a company.
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18. Research the interviewer
Asking for the details of the interviewer, and also the interview schedule will give you a head start when you go for a job interview. It helps provide information on the names and roles of the people you will meet and also the time the interview will last as well as the order of the interview.
It is advisable you know about the individual that will conduct the interview. You can do that by searching them on platforms such as LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook or YouTube. Checking a person up on YouTube and watching them speak will give you an insight of what to expect, as you get to know about their style and personality. Also, researching the interviewer will help you create a topic(s) for discussion during the interview, the kind of questions to expect or ask, and also helps you in preparing for the interview ahead.
19. Work on your communication skills
Communication skills do not cover frequently speaking without a break alone; it also involves listening, confidence, clarity, and how you can communicate without using words – eye contact, hand gestures, the right body language. Improving your communication skills for interview purpose is not enough, it is crucial you integrate it into your habit or lifestyle.
20. Create an online personal brand
Currently, most recruiters also do online research on candidates. Thus, you can increase your likelihood of securing a job or improve your business by creating an online personal brand.
Issues to focus on include:
- Make sure the content you share on social platforms or forums are useful and unique.
- Your footprint on social media should be without faults.
About 91% of recruiters search candidates account on social media for red flags. Many people will advise you to be mindful of the contents you upload online. However, there is a better solution to this.
According to Tom McGrath, Social Sweepster CEO, “Most recruiters reject candidates applying for jobs because of the content on their social handles.” Many interviewers research candidates background by observing their profiles on social media.
Ensure your profile on LinkedIn is up to date, your Instagram account has no offensive pictures or videos, or your Facebook posts are not irrelevant.
21. Talk less
Make sure you avoid this big mistake—talking too much in an interview. When you are not well-prepared for an interview, you can either ramble or talk yourself out of the job when answering questions asked during the interview. Make sure you read the job posting very well, compare your skills with the job’s requirement and talk about the information provided in the specification as doing this will help you prepare well for the interview.
22. Be kind to individuals supporting the interview
Be polite to everyone you meet when you come for the interview—starting with the security officials at the gate to the receptionist in the building and the cleaners as well. I have come across many candidates who performed greatly during the interview, but their attitude towards my colleagues was nothing to write home about.
23. Do not appear too familiar
See interviews as professional meetings to discuss business and not about making new friends. Ensure your familiarity level mimics the demeanor of the person interviewing you. Bringing enthusiasm and energy to the interview and also to ask questions is essential; however, it is crucial you know your boundaries so as not to overstep your bound when seeking a job.
24. Practice, practice, practice.
interview questions like “why should the company employ you” is one
thing, and answering this question convincingly and confidently is
another thing. You may sound confused and garbled when you answer a
question like that for the first time, no matter how clear your mind is.
But when you practice how to respond, your answers will be more
articulate and smooth.
However, make sure your time of practice is
not when you are sitting face to face with the interviewer. Make sure
you rehearse how to answer them prior to the interview. The best way to
go about this is to practice with two people you are familiar with, like
a friend or family member, where one will act as the interview
observer, and the other the interviewer, and they both provide feedback
of the practice session. Repeat this like four or five times, switching
roles as you practice. Another way to go about this is to record your
answers and listen to it to check if you have improved or not. Make sure
you are audible when you practice because rehearsing how to answer
these questions in your mind won’t help you while practicing.
25. Compatibility with the organization
Every company has a different work culture or code of conduct. One of the primary traits a company looks for when evaluating a candidate is how compatible the candidate is with their working culture. You can access information about a company’s working culture or code of conducts online, especially major corporates; however, it may be challenging for companies that are not popular. Thus, it may not be entirely feasible when preparing for this, but there are some methods you can adopt to prevent you from failing.
26. Appear flexible
Human resources see newbies as individuals they can tune to fit the company’s environment. Instead of appearing rigid, show them that you are flexible. Make sure you keep an open option, such as location, working hours, and so on. Unless it is very important, know that it is essential you kick-start your career instead of seeking comforts.
27. You need to know why you are the best candidate for the job
Make sure you turn everything you know about the job, the interview, and the company to your advantage so you can tell why you are the best candidate for the job. Also, make sure there’s a balance when describing why you are more suitable for the position than other candidates to the interviewer so as not to appear proud. One of the things interviewers are interested in knowing is if you are the perfect candidate for the job. This is not restricted to your experience or knowledge of the job, but also your interpersonal skills as well as how you would adjust or fit into the team.
28. Create a personal connect
If the opportunity arises, they may begin an interview as if it’s a conversation you are having with a friend or someone you know. You can increase your chance of securing the job by creating a personal connection within the first sixty seconds. Think of the type of positive liking as well as the impression the person interviewing you will develop if you connect with him/her in an interview.
29. A firm handshake
Practice this because a firm handshake displays confidence when meeting your recruiters, and keep a straight back pose too. Do not cross arms while sitting; it makes you appear uninterested in the role. Do not play with any accessory or your hair during an interview.
30. Prepare for inappropriate and illegal questions
Asking questions concerning age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and marital status is considered inappropriate and illegal in many areas. However, you may be asked these questions in an interview. There are various ways you can attempt such questions if at all they come up. You can answer with a question like “I am not sure how that is important to my application,” or try answering “the question behind the question”: something like, “I am not sure if I will decide to have kids in the years to come; however, if you are bothered if I will leave my work for an extended period, then I can assure you that I am dedicated and committed to my career, and giving up is not on my agenda.
Have at the back of your mind that some recruiters may want to test your attitude through stressful questions or questions that will make you feel pressured.
31. Prepare for “behavior-based” interviews
Behavioral questions are usually asked in interviews. The recruiters are interested in knowing how you can handle similar situations in their company, so they ask people to talk about experiences that demonstrate behaviors the company finds relevant for the position you are applying. You may be asked to describe an instance when you made a decision you are not proud of, an unpopular decision, the choice you made under pressure or with limited information, or situations where you displayed high-level of persistence. For instance;
- Your first step is to identify the traits the hiring manager is looking for.
- The second step is to identify scenarios where you demonstrated these behaviors.
- The third step is to prepare a story that suits each example. Most people advise adopting the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) approach to describe the story.
The last step is to practice how to tell the story. In addition, ensure you review your CV before the interview while having this format in mind. Doing this can help you in recalling situations you exhibited these behaviors.
32. Make your answers are well-structured
Most individuals see a job interview as a passive experience, so they feel answering the questions asked correctly increases their likelihood of securing the job. Instead, see interviews as a chance to respond or answer questions following a plan or guide on the topic of interest. Make sure your answers reflect how your skills will be valuable to the job and company. To improve how you answer questions like this, draft five points and have long and short answers for every point. However, you need to listen attentively or pay attention during the interview. Make sure you research the company before appearing for the interview, doing this makes you prepared for possible questions the interviewer will ask.
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