A job interview is a conversation between a person applying for a job and an employer that is conducted to assess whether the applicant is to be hired or should be hired. It is one of the most important things we encounter in our lives. Job seeking is a consuming activity. It is tiresome and not to forget, time-consuming. You might get rejected a few times but once you land that job, the reward will be fulfilling and worth all the trouble. We at Ennov-Action, a human resource consulting firm, will equip you with enough knowledge about interviews and help you get ready for your next big interview.
The following are advice that will help you succeed in a job interview:
What should you do before an interview?
Many of us do not know what is required of us before going for an interview especially if it is your first time. We will help you with that. Before an interview you should:
1. Research the company that you are interviewing for. Check its background thoroughly by looking for information about it online.
2. Find out about the person who will be interviewing you.
3. Review the job description provided and research the news and activities relating to that specific industry. This will show that you are interested in it.
4. Prepare questions beforehand so that when the interviewer asks if you have any questions you will have a few ideas on what to ask. This shows that you are well prepared and committed to the role as well as the company.
5. Make yourself more confident by deciding how best you can demonstrate your skills and experiences in the interview.
6. Plan your journey to the interview. Check the travel time and schedule your time well to arrive on time or even approximately fifteen minutes earlier.
7. To give the interview your full attention, do not be preoccupied with other things before the interview.
8. Sleep well, eat healthy, stay calm, and confident.
9. Prepare your CV’s and portfolios that you will carry to your interview and any other related documents that might be required.
10. Dress appropriately for the interview. Dress professionally.
What should you not do before an interview?
1. Stay up late at night before your interview.
2. Eat smelly food or anything that might get stuck between your teeth or eat a heavy meal.
3. Schedule any other appointments, errands, or reunions before your interview.
4. Be overconfident about getting the job.
5. Take advice from too many people concerning the interview.
What are the main things that employers look for during the interview?
1. Whether you understand the company and what it does.
2. Whether you are well prepared for the interview.
3. Whether you listen and answer questions thoroughly.
4. Whether you possess career goals and direction.
5. Whether you have the ambition and passion to realize your career goals and express enthusiasm.
6. Whether you understand your strengths that is what you are best at.
7. Whether you know which accomplishments you have made in your career or your life in general.
8. Whether you are open to learning new things.
9. Whether you are likable. That is warm, friendly, easy-going, and cooperative with others.
10. Whether you are confident about who you are and what you can do.
11. Your body language and general physical appearance. You should sit up straight and maintain eye contact with the interview. Also, dress neatly, clean, and appropriately based on the job and the company.
What is the average time that an interview might go on for?
The average time that a face to face interview should last is typically between 45 minutes and an hour depending on the hiring manager or if you will need to meet with multiple employees.
What should you do during an interview?
1. Dress accordingly. First impressions matter a lot. Wear professional attire to your interview that is clean as well as tidy.
2. Respect the interviewers. This will give you a lasting positive impression.
3. Have good non-verbal behavior. That is keep eye contact with the interviewer during the interview, sit upright, and look interested in all the questions that you are asked.
4. Arrive at the interview on time or be at least 15 minutes early.
5. Know about the job that you are applying for.
6. Carry extra resumes just in case the company needs an extra copy.
7. Have a positive energy and provide true details about your previous employment and achievements.
8. Immediately after the interview, thank your interviewers for inviting you, for their time as well as consideration.
What should you not do during an interview?
1. Not know anything about the company. This comes across as you being arrogant.
2. Bring up the issue of salary first. This will come across as you being more interested in the money than the learning experience.
3. Being late or too early.
4. Forgetting copies of your resume.
5. Trashing a previous employer.
6. Not being excited about the company’s mission or vision.
7. Not ask questions. This will come across as you lacking curiosity or not having done your research.
8. Talking too much.
9. Leaving your cell phone on. This comes across as being rude.
What should you do after an interview?
1. Ask for the timeline of making the decision as well as who to follow up with, when to do so and how.
2. Get your interviewer’s contact information.
3. Get some distance from the interview’s building.
4. Review the details of the interview.
5. Analyze how you felt about the company and whether it is a good fit for you.
6. Get all your thoughts down in writing.
Some current questions that can be asked during the interview include:
1. Tell us about yourself.
2. What makes you unique?
3. Why do you want to work here?
4. Why are you leaving your current job?
5. Have you ever worked in this field before?
6. How would you describe yourself?
7. What interests you with this role?
8. What motivates you?
9. What are you passionate about?
There are many other personal as well as career-related questions that the interviewer will ask you.
An interview can be a challenging and new experience. But if you follow the steps provided above you will most likely do well during the interviews and get the job.