Getting called for an interview means your resume worked its magic! It can be almost as exciting as getting the contract. Now that you have cinched the opportunity to meet your new potential, don’t gamble by not being properly prepared for the interview.
How you prepare for the interview, could make or break your chances. Some career coaches are worth their weight in gold, like Carmen Goss in Calgary, who’s been in the H.R. business for decades and holds certificates in both human resources and leadership development. As a career coach, she will assist you in any, or all, aspects of the interview process.
I follow a regular feed by JobBuzz and thought I would share their latest link with you. The concepts are obvious and simple, but worth a reminder as you prepare for your best interview ever:
“1. Understanding the requirement
Read the job description carefully. It is important to understand what is expected from you and whether you fit in that given profile or not. Analysing your personal strengths and weakness alongside helps in deciding how well the job suits you and how to approach the interview.
2. Know the employer
Study about the company where you are appearing for the interview. Know their history, vision and objectives so that you are able to answer questions on it. Research well on their future plans so that you are able to align with your job role and how you can benefit them in the long run.
3. Prepare well in advance
You must be prepared for the basic interview questions. Make a list of common interview questions – like your introduction, your hobbies, your interests, why should they hire you, etc. Practice them well before your interview and try to make them interesting!
4. Punctuality matters
You must reach the company on time for the interview. It creates a bad impression if you are late for the interview. Try to reach 10 minutes before the call time. It is an important step towards creating a good first impression.
5. Dress up well
‘Dress to impress’ is the key to create and leave a good impression. Wear crisply ironed formals, clean shoes and your hair should be neat and tied up. Be presentable but don’t be too glammed up
6. Always be confident
No matter how nervous you are, always look confident. Nobody will want to hire a person who is nervous during the interview, as it creates an impression of inability of the candidate to handle workplace situations.
7. Honesty counts
Be honest in your responses to interview questions. Lying at any point may back fire in the future. You are not supposed to know everything, so it is okay to accept it humbly. It’s better than giving a wrong response and creating a wrong impression as well.
8. Update your CV
Your CV is the most important document which sells you to the firm. Keep it updated by adding all your skills and experiences. You must not fake information in your resume. Your CV should not be too verbose and lengthy.
9. Body language
You are noticed in every way and thus the postures and body language have a significant weightage during interviews. Do not slouch. Sit straight and make eye contacts during conversations. Make it a two way conversation by asking questions and clarifying your doubts (if you have any).
10. Get their opinion
As the interview is about to close, ask the interviewer about how it went and what are the chances of being selected. But do not overdo it. Asking for feedback gives a positive impression of the candidate’s keenness towards the job.”