A job interview is a conversation between a job applicant and an employer or his representative, conducted to determine the suitability of the applicant for the position. sometimes this could be your only chance of convincing the employer of your competence and suitability for the job. Insight into the secrets of passing any interview and adequate preparation is a major deciding factor to making it to the next level of the recruitment process.
Go through the secrets below and grab that dream job.
- Do Your Research Just as the popular proverb says ‘He who fails to plan, plans to fail’. Proper research about the company and the job is the first step towards hitting that dream job.
Therefore, you need to:
- Do thorough research about the job, it’s description, what is expected of a staff holding that position and the challenges, and finally, likely challenges that may emanate from such position.
- Acquaint yourself with current news and trends of the industry.
- Research about the company – her mission and vision, names of the board of directors etc.
- Find out the salary range of the position, because you may be asked how much you want to be paid.
2. Conduct a mock interview and practise the answers to known common and specialized interview questions. Practice makes perfection. Good practice helps improve self-confidence. Conducting a mock interview is a great steps to passing any interview. There are some common questions that are expected in every interview, such as:
- What do you know about this company?
- Why are you a good fit for this company?
- What do you bring to a team?
- Describe a time when you overcame a challenge at work.
Also, there are some specialized interview questions, which depends on the position. You need to research on the likely specialist questions and answers, and practise them.
3. Identify your strength and weakness. Some of the most commonly asked questions in every interview include – ‘What is your most difficult work-related challenge? What is your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?’ You wouldn’t want to start struggling for an answer in front of the interviewers, therefore, knowing your Strengths and weaknesses as it relates to your job would give you an added advantage.
4. Prepare some good questions to ask the interviewer(s). It is normal and almost a norm for interviewers to ask if you have any questions. In such situation, intelligent questions are expected from the interviewee. This shows how engaged you are during the conversation. It also reveals your depth of interest in the organization and job. So, it makes sense to prepare and possibly memorize a list of questions to ask when prompted to do so. Good questions might include, but not limited:
- Is there room for growth?
- What do someone need to be successful in this company?
- How has the company managed to come this far, considering the economic challenges?
5. Avoid clichés. According to wikipedia, cliché or cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. An interview is a time for your potential employer to know the real you, and not a painted or artistic version of you. Ensure you are humble and give sincere answers to every question. Avoid expressions like ”My only weakness is that I’m a perfectionist” or “This company needs someone like me to turn it around.”
6. Compile all necessary documents ahead of time. During interview, you might be required to bring along extra copies of your CV, certificates, work portfolio etc. Go through all the documents for typographical and grammatical errors. It is also wise to give them to someone else to review and detect any mistake you may have missed. Also, it is important to familiarize your self with the contents of your CV (e.g names, dates, job position and description etc), as it may look suspicious not been able to recall them.
7. Be professionally dressed. How you dress determines how you are addressed. Your dressing gives a first impression of you. Chose an outfit that makes you appear professional and responsible. Dark-colored suits are appropriate for interviews. However, if the job requires a casual dress code, then business casual (smart pants and collared shirt) could be appropriate.
BEST OF LUCK !!!