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GETTING READY FOR AN INTERVIEW

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GETTING READY FOR AN INTERVIEW

Your success in a job interview depends a great deal on how you prepare for it. The key to putting on a good performance and securing a job is preparation. Firstly, you have to plan for a job interview by practicing your responses to the common questions asked and by picking out your outfit the night before the interview. The next important thing is you would never want to reach late for the interview. So, you must plan how and when to get to your interview beforehand. Map out your route. Make a schedule for that morning to take control of your timings which will help you not to reach late. Always reach 30 minutes early so you can totally be relaxed for the interview. Make it a smooth and punctual arrival. Always wear corporate classic clothes for the interview. Business casual clothes are the best. It's again very important to look your best as it's going to give your first impression. You should feel and look very confident when you walk in for the interview. Carry a few copies of your resume for the interview. You should also carry your portfolio of work to show them, if asked. Gather all in a folder so that it is organized and accessible. Before going for the interview do your own research about the organization and the job. Learn everything about the job description and company, like its mission, workplace values, and overall culture. If applicable you might consider ways, the company could improve and how you could contribute to those positive changes. During your interview you should show that you are knowledgeable about the organization and enthusiastic to join it. Overall, your goal in the interview is to show that you are qualified and that you have a clear understanding of the job. By doing your research, you can be strategic about what you say and make sure all your answers match up to the opportunity at hand. The main part of your interview preparation should be thinking about your responses to common interview questions. The interviewer will ask you follow-up questions aiming to dig deeper into what you have to say. Besides the common questions asked at the interview, they will ask you to share any specific experience of times you achieved something, failed, managed conflicts, or demonstrated leadership. In preparing your responses you should think of ways that you can show that you possess the core competencies that the interviewer is looking for. Practice by doing mock interviews in front of a mirror or with a friend aiming to sound natural at the interview. The interview is a chance to prove to the organization that they should like you. Also an opportunity for you to learn more about the position and organization. The most important thing about the interview is answering promptly and your body language which communicates the right message. Always be clear and concise with your answers. Avoid going off on tangents. Always aim to speak for about one or two minutes in response to most interview questions. Try to structure and conclude your answers in a clear way. Some of the hardest questions to answer at an interview are the behavioral questions. Like, ‘talk about a time you failed,’ or ‘describe a time you demonstrated leadership’. If you are caught off guard, then it's easy for your mind to go blank. Or you might have a lot of situations pop into your mind, but you are not sure which one you should choose. Ideally you can choose a success story that illustrates you possess one of the major qualities the interviewer is looking for. Similarly if you are asked about a failure, do not mention a time you failed. With all your answers, aim to be strategic as everything you say will go to the interviewers list of reasons to hire you. Focus on the experience as an opportunity for growth and talk about what you did to overcome your problem when it comes to questions that deal with your weaknesses or mistakes.




Do not evade the question but move on from the error to focus on the positive that came from it. The stories you choose should show that you have taken actions in the past that point to your success in the future. Your research will come handy when you show that you will make a strong cultural fit beyond showing that you are qualified. Learn about the company’s values and show that you share those same commitments in your answers. You may be asked about your work style, professional values and your relationship with your co-workers. These all relate back to cultural fit. Keep an eye on these questions and realize that they are opportunities to show why you would make a great addition to the team. You should feel free, even obliged, to ask your interviewer questions. It is an opportunity for you to learn more about the job and the organization and pick the brain of someone who works there. Asking questions is one more way to show your enthusiasm and readiness to learn. It demonstrates your active interest in the organization. Enthusiasm for the job is a major factor seen by the interviewer when deciding whom to choose. They would like to invest in someone who is dedicated to the organization and eager to contribute, as taking on a new hire is a significant investment. Show your excitement through how prepared you are, how much you know about the job, the company and any specific plans you have for what you would bring to the role. At no given point you say anything that indicates you are not very interested. Express your enthusiasm and how you will channel that positive energy to bring value to the company. Your body language also communicates a great deal to be aware of any physical tension and rein it back. Try to consciously face your interviewer with your whole body to show that your attention is focused on them and what they have to say. Facing them shows that you are engaged and actively listening. If you are serious about taking the job, there are few more major steps you should take after the interview process when you say goodbye and leave them. This will help you to solidify your good impression. After your final handshake you should follow up with them via a thoughtful note. Make sure you thank the interviewer for their time. You should also restate your interest in the position. After your follow up, wait for their response. And if the hiring process involves a second round, make sure to be well prepared for the next one.

Believe in yourself!!! Have faith in your abilities!!! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful!!!

Know your audience. Prepare yourself. Get the job. Easy enough!!!! Right???

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