Category: Career Advice
Created on Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:00
Written by Nicole Ow Yeong
An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively.
Before the interview, be prepared. Research about the company and also understand fully the position you are applying for and what is its job scope.
If the interview is not in the office and if your interviewers ask you to choose a place to do the interview, ask them where is convenient for them instead. The same goes for the time of the meeting – ask them what time would they prefer.
Prepare a list of answers for possible questions they might ask you, practice for it and it will be easier to remember when you get to the interview. Also, prepare a few questions that you want to know about the company or the job. Be sure to find out how to get to the interview venue and be there approximately 30 minutes earlier. Just in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
For your portfolio, get it ready one day before. Include the necessary documents, such as your resume, works that you have done, for example published articles or pictures you have taken, whichever is related to the job you are applying for.
During the interview, remember that you will never have the second chance to make a first impression. The first thing to remember is to dress presentably. Look formal. After meeting your interviewers, shake their hand firmly and introduce yourself. Note that, smiling is one of the things that will matter in your impression. A good smile always please people.
Next, concentrate on the interview. Look straight at your interviewer when he is talking to you and when you are answering. When you are asked a question you do not know the answer to, stay calm and be honest with your interviewer. Tell them you do not know but you will look it up. Show them that you may be a fresh graduate with very little experience, but you are enthusiastic about the job and you are willing to learn.
Body language is also very important, before the interview begins, your interviewers are already judging you from the way you behave. Keep the eye contact, do not slouch and do not fidget.
Also, do not talk too much. Keep your answers to two to three minutes at the most. When you limit your time, you tend to stay more focused. It is very easy to stray off the subject and ramble on about irrelevant things. Keep in mind that communication is two-way. Give the interviewers a chance to speak and do not interrupt when they do.
Some interviewers want to know about things you are proud of. Have ready in mind some of your achievements, how you solved problems, how you learnt and improved.
Do note that it is okay to be nervous about an interview, and it is necessary for you to accept how you feel. What is the worst that can happen at an interview? Most of the time, it would be not getting an offer. But perhaps the job was not right for you? Look at every interview process as a learning experience.
After the interview, some interviewers will give you feedback. Be prepared to hear things that could be hurtful. You should listen carefully instead of arguing or defending yourself.
Finally do not forget to thank the interviewer. Take the advice and think about changing some techniques to improve on your next interview.
So now, your task is to search for jobs that you are interested in. If you have failed an interview, do not blame yourself but review that interview, learn lessons within and start researching companies, industries and positions. Take it as good experience to succeed in future interviews.
Also, if you do not have enough documents to include in your portfolio, you may wish to work for minimum pay or even for free to build up your portfolio and get the experience you need. You might also like: How to Ace your Interviews and Get your Dream Job
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