Job interviewing never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which helps alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.
Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.
Prepare a response so you are ready for the question “What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
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Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be On Time:
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
Show What You Know:
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.
Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.
Interviews are like anything else in life, they take practice to perfect. The job market is highly competitive so you should always maintain a high standard of professionalism. This is guaranteed to impress your potential employer, as it will show focus and maturity.
i. Keep it relevant to the job you are applying to, employers will not skim your CV looking for significant information. If the information they need is not immediately apparent, they will not look for it.
ii. If you want your CV to be most effective, you should tailor it to the job and organisation you are applying to. You will get lots of information on company websites, company literature, job adverts etc. about the ‘type’ of person working in the organisation and be able to adapt your CV to match this.
iii Your CV should be a story of what you have been doing in your work life, keep it interesting, you don’t want employers to think that you have done nothing exciting!
iv. Don’t include things that you did at school, or years ago. Employers are interested in what you are doing now.
v. Make sure that there are no spelling, grammatical or formatting errors – get as many people as you can find to proof-read your CV.
vi. Do not include contentious information, or information that will lead people to stereotype you.
vii. Do not have unexplained gaps in your work history. If you have been travelling, have had time off to care for a child or relative, put this information in. If you leave it blank, the employer will assume the worst!
viii. Keep it as short as you can – preferably to two sides of A4 paper (make sure the paper is good quality)