You may feel like you are waiting to get cracked like an egg before breakfast before your interview, but these situations are not as bad as they seem.
As a new graduate, you are raring to make use of what you have learned from university. As an employee who recently left your job, you want to get a new job as fast as you can.
One of your entry points to the company you are applying for is facing certain people—the Human Resources department head, your potential immediate supervisor and the top management—for interviews. But the interview process should not scare you to death. If you are prepared, chances are you will end up with flying colors.
Here are some tips for how to ace your interview.
- Research the company you are applying for. This should the first step. You might be asked what you know about the company or why you want to work there. If you don’t know anything about the company, you will be caught off guard. Do some research beforehand and take note of important details. In case you will be asked, you can confidently answer.
- Practice with a family member or a friend. As clichéd as it may sound, practice really does make perfect. If you are a technical person, you can even take a video of the mock interview which you can replay over and over to study which parts you did well and which areas you didn’t. Research often-asked interview questions and think of how you would answer them.
- Prepare for the behavioral questions. Nowadays, the recruitment team of a company often opts for behavioral questions. You might be asked on how you handled situations specific to your job or how you managed to get through a difficulty. This allows them to gauge if you can work well with the company or if you are apt for the post.
- Dress for the occasion. In other words, you have to look like a professional from head to toe. How you dress gives the interviewer a sneak peek of the kind of employee you will become. But the best thing that you can wear on the interview day is your sincere smile.
- Be punctual.Never come late. It shows a lack of respect and interest in the job—something you certainly don’t want to convey. Plan ahead and give yourself a “margin for error” in case something goes wrong on the way (your car breaks down, there is a lot of traffic, you can’t find the right office, or other unforeseen events.)
- Watch your behaviors and mannerisms during the interview.Your non-verbal communication signifies a lot to your interviewers before you even open your mouth. Make sure you pay attention to conveying the right message. Eye contact is very important. This shows your interviewers that you value them and what they are saying. Do not let your eyes wander. Leaning forward is also a good sign. This conveys that you are interested in the discussion and what your interviewers have to say. Arms crossed may leave a negative impression. The interviewer might think that you are not open to changes and suggestions.
If you are successful with the interview, you have a bigger chance of finally becoming a part of the company you are applying for. You have the education and experience needed for the job. Do well during the interview and you will land the job.