Congratulations for scaling through to the interview stage of the job hiring process. The interview stage allows you to prove, albeit physically, that you are worth your onions and that your fancy resume is a true reflection of your expertise, skills, knowledge, and experience. It is the perfect time to show your recruiters that you are the sharpest tool in the shed.
Over the years, experience has shown that it is not uncommon for very qualified candidates to fail the interview, feel dejected, and resume the job hunt. Scaling job interviews requires candidates to master some essential tips before dashing out to be interviewed.
Practice Common Interview Questions
What would your answer be if your interviewer asked you to tell them about yourself? I hope you won’t start reading out your biography. I guarantee that you will be making a fool of yourself if you did. The best way to answer such or similar questions is to tell the recruiters about yourself in relation to the job. Do you have a certification, wealth of experience related to the job, or any other useful information that qualifies you for the job? That is when you let them know.
How do you answer if you were asked about your weakness? Tell them anything unrelated to the job and the effort you are putting to improving on it. Practicing common interview questions is perhaps the most important tip for preparing for a job interview. The chances are that you will meet some of the questions you have practiced.
Research The Company, Role, and Job Description
Suffice to say that researching the company, your prospective role, and the job description equips you with the knowledge of the company’s core values, weakness, and how you can help turn things around if employed. It shows that you are genuinely interested in the company. The company can be looked up on various social media platforms to see what they do.
The job description and role are usually posted by the employer, and it typically contains qualities and qualifications an ideal employee must possess. Studying the job description and role will aid your preparation for the interview and give you hints on possible interview questions.
Improve Your Interview Etiquette
Interviews like most other things have their etiquette, and they include according to everyone with respect, maintaining eye contact, dressing accordingly, speaking audibly, and saying thank you after the process. Apart from showing self-confidence, mastering interview etiquette shows class and sophistication. These kinds of traits are attractive and can be a great indication that the candidate has what it takes to take the company or organization to a brand-new height.
To improve your interview etiquette, you can organize with your friends to have a mock interview session, attend seminars, training, and workshops. Your interview etiquette will determine your perception by the interviewer.
It is common for the interviewers to ask if you have any questions after the interview. It is tempting to answer in the negative to escape the hot seat. It is recommended that you ask questions after your interview, what question will I ask? You may be thinking, you should ask questions like which area of the interview should I improve on? Is there anything out of place in my resume, how working in this company feels like, etc., asking questions increases your knowledge and shows that you are a sucker for self-improvement.
An invitation for a job interview is not a guarantee that you will be hired; it is a chance to prove yourself capable of delivering on the job. To ace the interview, you must practice common interview questions, research the company, role and job description, improve interview etiquette, and ask questions.