A guide on how to prepare for your interview

Do you too have an interview scheduled?

Well, don’t worry because we are here to help you take some steps before and after the interview that will help you to secure that job offer.

Preparing for an interview is not an easy task. It is much more than just googling a list of commonly asked interview questions. It includes searching about your target company, knowing all their strengths, weaknesses, their products, and history.

So here are some tips to help you prepare right from research, dressing yourself up to packing your briefcase because “The first impression is the last impression.”

1.    Analysing the job description

If it is available to you, then you should properly analyse the job profile for which you are applying. The profile contains a list of the skills and the qualifications required in the candidate. Make a list of all these requisites and try to align yourself with it as much as you can. The profile also gives an idea as to what kind of questions will be asked in the interview. If you possess the requisites

Of the job, you are an ideal candidate.

2.    Research the company

Not only researching the post is enough, but you need to research the company also. Information like this comes very handily in putting yourself across as a smart candidate. Such information will help you to assess the climate of the organization and whether or not you will be a good fit.

3.    Practice answering

Practising and preparing answers will help you sound confident and smart. You can try googling the commonly asked questions and prepare answers to them. This will help you to keep calm during the interview as your brain will not be busy trying to frame answers.

4.    Updated and neat resume

A resume is critical as it gives the company an idea about you. It should be updated and very neat and clean. It would help if you covered all the essential aspects of your personality and your achievements in it. Also, it would help if you tried to relate your previous experiences and how they will help you perform the job you are interviewing for.

5.    Getting your clothes ready

Never wait till the last minute to decide what you are going to wear. It is always handy to keep an attire all set for an interview. Decide in advance what you are going to wear. Dressing, according to the job, is also essential. You can’t or overdress for an interview. The first impression is the last. It would help if you impressed the interviewer physically also. Ex- A wrinkled suit never looks good. Focusing on your accessories is another important aspect. Never over-accessorize yourself.

6. Packing your briefcase

What to bring and what not to? It is another crucial question while preparing for an interview. The essential things that you need to carry are your portfolio, extra copies of resume, cover letter, list of references, list of questions to ask the interviewer, a notepad or something to write on and such essential documents.

The things that you need not bring are your phone ( or at least put in on silent or turn it off), piece of gum or basically anything that is beyond you and your character.

7.    Knowing interview etiquettes

Knowing interview etiquettes is a must for all. When you go, greet the receptionist and the interviewers pleasantly and enthusiastically.

Also, you should shake hands firmly. Observe your body language and try to control it. Ex- Always sit with your back straight. Try not to sit with crossed legs as it gives the impression of a closed person which can be mistaken for an under-confident behaviour.

8. Be confident

Confidence is the key, not the only but a vital key to cracking the locks of the interviewer’s heart and mind. Be confident in you and your abilities and show it to the interviewer. You should be ready to sell yourself, all your skills and expertise to the interviewer. Do not hesitate to ask questions of the interviewer or while answering to him. You can try to think of all the good things about you or your strong points that others love in you or do what you do to make yourself feel comfortable and calm.

8.    Be happy

No matter how nervous you are, it would help if you always had a smile on your face. It acts as an indicator that you are confident regarding yourself and the job. By smiling, you will also feel a little calm as then the body starts releasing hormones like dopamine that makes you feel relaxed and at ease.

9.    Listen, respond and bond

Listening in an interview is as important as answering questions. If you don’t look, then you won’t be able to meet also appropriately. So it is essential to look and then compose an appropriate answer. If you need some time to frame an answer, take it.

Also, you should be ready to engage the interviewer in a conversation. You should be able to bond with them. Ask them questions that you need to.

At the end of the interview, you should let them know that you are highly interested in the job.

10.    Know your directions

If possible, then you should try and take a trial trip to the company. It will help you an idea about the traffic and the parking pattern of the company.

11.    Be punctual

You should always reach your destination for an interview on, if not before the reporting time given to you. Being punctual is an outstanding quality that the candidate should possess.

12.    Proper rest

The night before the interview, you should get adequate sleep as things like sleep deprivation can ruin your game.

For a perfect interview, you should follow all these tips. You will know if the conversation was okay if it runs for more than 30 minutes and you discussed things like salary, timings or got an invitation for a second interview.

After an interview, follow up with the interviewer by writing a thank you note and expressing your desire and interest in the job.

Last but not least, good luck with your interview. “May the odds be in your favour.”

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