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Essential Tips for Successful Interview

How to prepare for a job interview so you’ll convince interviewer that you are the “Right fit for JOB”

  1. Research the company and brand
    At the interview, you may well be asked questions about the company. Perfectly competent
    candidates fail at the interview stage for not showing enough interest in the company.
    HR will expect you to have looked at their website and read some media articles in order to display
    your interest, curiosity and willingness to learn more, so you will need to make sure that you have
    educated yourself through research prior to the interview.
    Spend a few hours learn everything you can read about the company and brand from as many
    sources as you can. By looking at multiple sources, you’ll get a broader picture of the company and
    brand (along with any negative), and be ready to talk about why you’d like to work there and what
    you can do for them.
  2. Understand the role and position
    Before you can show your interviewer why you’d be a great asset, you need to know what they’re
    looking for. So go back to the job description you looked at before you applied. What skills,
    responsibilities, and experiences are they emphasizing?
  3. Learn about the interviewers & Panel
    If you’re not told who you’ll be meeting with during your interview, ask. For each interviewer, learn
    what their role at the company is and prep some questions that are specific to them.
  4. Respect the schedule
    Plan to arrive for your interview 10-15 minutes before the appointed time. Arriving too early can
    confuse the employer and create an awkward situation. On the other hand, arriving late creates a
    bad first impression and may doom your chances right off the bat.
  5. Brush up on your interview skills
    Next, you’ll want to use what you learned to prepare your answers to common interview
    questions and practice some interview techniques. Interviewers are also consciously or
    subconsciously picking up on how well you use other interview skills such as active listening,
    small talk, and empathy. These skills not only help you impress an interviewer, but also give
    them a sense of what it might be like to work you as a colleague.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you think you are suited to this position?
  • Why do you want to work in this position?
  • What do you have to contribute to the organization?
  • What is your salary expectation?
  • Tell me about an accomplishment you are proud of?
  • What would other people say about you?
  • Do you have any questions?
  1. Figure out what to wear
    You know that it’s important to make a good first impression at a job interview and that your choice
    of interview attire is a big part of that.
    Make sure your outfit is cleaned, ironed or steamed, and tailored if needed (a modern fit is
    best). Shine your shoes, casual environment, business casual is appropriate for an interview. Do a
    little pampering, like haircut, shave etc-Feeling good about yourself will boost your confidence.
  2. Look appropriate and Professional
    Make some pleasant small talk at the beginning. The interviewer will usually ask about your journey.
    Answer politely and use this time to build rapport.
    Always smile, listen and be authentic. A smile makes people immediately warm to you. Listening
    skills show interest, curiosity, empathy and attentiveness. Show your genuine self. Don’t pretend to
    be somebody else or to be something that you are not.
  • Prepare for Online/Virtual Interview
    If you’re doing your online interview over the computer/laptop or the phone, make sure ahead of
    time that all the needed hardware, software, and network connections are working smoothly. If you
    can use headphones with a microphone, do so, and make sure they’re connected before the
    interview begins.

8. Print-out copies of resume & Study well
If you’re going to an in-person interview, you’ll want to bring enough copies of your resume for
everyone you’re meeting with plus one to refer to yourself.
Be ready to answer follow-up questions about every item on your résumé. If you aren’t sure you can
justify the presence of a bullet point, don’t include it.

9. Know why you’re interested in this Position at company
It’s likely you’ll get asked why you’re interested in this particular role and company. So to make sure
you can answer, identify a couple of key factors about the job and the organization that align well
with your strengths, interests, and/or work style and get you excited about the position.

  1. Think about your body language
    Be aware of what you’re communicating through your posture and stance—and make sure
    it’s good.
  • Don’t be overly aggressive by shaking hands too firmly. It can be interpreted as a
  • sign of an over-confident, dominant or aggressive personality.
  • sitting with your arms and legs crossed sends a message that you are closed-off or
  • feel defensive.
  • Don’t talk excessively. This can be interpreted as a sign or nervousness or someone
  • with poor social skills.
  • Always smile, listen and Answer politely
  1. Prepare for Technical interview or skills (if require)
    If you’re getting ready for a technical interview or you’ve been told there will be a skill test
    during your interview, start preparing and practicing as early as possible.
  1. Stay positive throughout interview
    A positive conversation is key to s successful job interviews. Employers don’t want to hear a litany of
    excuses or bad feelings about a negative experience, even when legitimate.
    If you are asked about a low grade, a sudden job change, or a weakness in your background, don’t be
    defensive. Focus instead on the facts (briefly) to emphasize what you learned from the experience.
    And don’t bad mouth anyone at any point. That just leaves a bad taste.

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