Are you prepareing for that dream job? Or are on the lookout for a job switch? Don’t miss out on these amazing job interview prep ideas before you button up that suit.
- Read, Read and Read some more: Conduct basic job research about the company and position. Such as the year it was founded, key management, the number of employees, product lines and total annual revenue. Most of this information can be sourced from the company’s website. Additionally make sure to read articles and reviews about the company. The best way to differentiate yourself from other job seekers is to pitch yourself as a consultant. If you understand some of the challenges they face, within your domain of course, and have possible strategies to resolve the same or if you can relate your skills as to how you could help increase market share or expand their product line, rest assured, you’re gunning for gold.
- Brush up your resume: Review resume samples online and ensure you have constructed your resume in a way which focuses on your accomplishments but does not steal focus from your soft skills. Highlight your key leanings and certifications. Also do not dive into too much detail about your past job, give yourself an opportunity to speak about the same during the interview. Keep your resume crisp and to the point. Arrange your resume chronologically based on your most recent skills. Do not include trivial details unless you plan to speak about them during the interview.
- Introspect and understand your key strengths and weaknesses: In addition to mastering job interview questions, you must know how to relate your past skills to the position. To accomplish this, review all the responsibilities you had on past jobs and be prepared to talk about them. Develop a S-A-R plan to highlight some of your key accomplishments. S-A-R stands for Situation, Action and Result. Outline the scenario of a special project (situation), discuss the actions you took and then provide the results. Results should be measurable such as, “I increased sales by 10 percent.” Employers are more likely to remember you if you use this technique in highlighting your accomplishments.
- Have a list of questions prepared: Most interviewers, towards the end of the interview, would ask you if you have any questions about the job profile or the organisation. 90% of candidates do not have a response to this or do not venture an answer out of the fear of coming across as unprepared and jeopardizing a job interview right at the penultimate moment. Questions about the planned growth path for the position you’re interviewing for or the structure of the team show you’re driven towards growth and success. Additionally you may also bring up a couple of questions about the product/services of the organisation.
- Practice your body language: “Manners maketh man” and practicing your body language prior to the interview will make sure it comes to you naturally and doesn’t look forced. Right from your handshake etiquette, to the way you sit through the interview, make sure you are aware of the various messages your body language portrays. Slouching during an interview and repeatedly touching your hair or adjusting your clothes are frowned upon by most interviewers. Try not to scribble on a notepad unless you’re responding to a case study or crunching numbers. Practice staying calm and remind yourself to be relaxed and think of the interview as a discussion rather than a life and death situation.
- Dress professionally: Last but not the least, your attire defines the first impression that the interviewer draws even before the first question is asked. Dress professionally to suit the requirements of the profile and the work culture the employees of the organisation are used to. Don’t go too casual or over the top with your attire. You can never go wrong with a white shirt and dark trousers/skirt. Stick to the basics of a clean and neat outfit and you should be ready to take on the world.
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