Five tips that will help you pass the job interview
A job interview makes everyone nervous. However it is a necessity; if you want to get paid, you need to get hired. And if you want to get hired, you will have to do well on the job interview. Hence, preparing for a job interview is extremely important, especially in this tough economy. This article briefly talks about five tips that will help you succeed with your job interview.
1. Be Professional
There are two commandments that you have to live by in all job interviews: dress appropriately and be punctual, both of which are synonymous to professionalism. Dressing appropriately means that you value professionalism and you care about impressions. Sure, you have your own personality and do not want to appear too pretentious, but being in a company or organization means that you are willing to adjust and make necessary changes for the common good. Punctuality, on the other hand, means that you value people’s time. It reflects good work habits. It is easier to convince the interviewer that you can be an asset to the company if you make good first impressions.
2. Do Your Research
Do your own research. Know the company for which you are applying by heart. Study its core business and how it fares in the industry. Make sure that you know how you will fit in. Do an extra mile by studying the market. It is also important that you are updated on trends, news, and issues that directly affect the company or the industry where it belongs. You will be in a better position to speak about how you can contribute if you have sufficient knowledge about these.
3. Always Do a Mock Interview Beforehand
All interviews are the same in many aspects. Interviewers often ask for your strengths and weaknesses and how you plan to contribute to the company’s goals. Make a list of all the things that can possibly be asked in a job interview. Browse the Internet for these questions and rehearse how you will answer each of these. If necessary, write down your answers and have a friend take a quick look at them. Rehearse the delivery of every answer in front of a mirror to make sure you do it well.
4. Be Tactful and Respectful
Show utmost respect and sincerity all throughout the interview. Be tactful and sincere. Never interrupt the interviewer. Try your best to be fluid in delivering your answers. If you find any question challenging and do not quite know how to tackle it, it is alright to pause, reflect, and ask for clarification. This can bring the interview to a conversational level where you can become more comfortable.
5. Be Patient and Keep the Lines of Communication Open
After doing the job interview, make sure that you keep your phone line open. Sometimes, all you need is a dose of patience and composure. Even if you don’t get the call at first, be patient and polite in all your correspondences. Leave an impression that you are a potential asset to the company by being well-mannered, polite, and patient.
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No one should ever go into a job interview unprepared. Because in most cases, the person who is most prepared for the job interview will be the one who will get the job. So take these five tips to heart for your next job interview. Good luck!
About the author:
Felix Tarcomnicu is currently writing for ResumeOK.com. You can check his blog for job tips and advice on professional resume writing.