Getting the call to interview is a bittersweet moment. Sweet because you passed the first round of shortlisting and bitter because the interview process can be daunting and nerve wrecking.
But, with the right preparation, you can increase your chances of acing your interview. In this article, we will explore Tips for you to have a successful interview.
Research The Company
It is important for you to know about the company that you are looking to work with. Dedicate a few hours learning about everything you can about the company. This information can be accessed online via the company website, professional social platforms such as LinkedIn as well as Google. It is advisable to use different sources of information, to make sure that you get a broad picture of the company and also be ready to answer questions on why you’d like to work there.
Prepare and Practice
You can prepare by understanding the role that you applied for, by taking a closer look at the Job description and matching it with your skills.
You can also prepare by practicing answering the common interview questions, and answering them in relation to how your skills fit what they are looking for.
Also prepare some questions for the interviewers as well, this shows interest in the position.
Dress Appropriately and be punctual
First impressions last and it is in your best interest not to get to your interview late. In fact, consider arriving a few minutes earlier. This will give you time to get settled in, calm your nerves and brush up on areas you might need to.
Dress appropriately for the interview, this shows professionalism.
Improve your interview skills
Interviews are not only about the questions the interviewer asks, but also about how you answer them.
How good are you at active listening? Small talk? Body language? Know that the interviewer is keen about these aspects and you should too.
Prepare for off guard questions
Or rather, know what to do if caught off guard. It’s a good idea to avoid dead air after being caught off guard by having a tactic to buy some time to think.
Repeating the question thoughtfully before answering is one tactic you can use to avoid stalling.
Send a thank you note after the interview.
This is a courteous gesture that can leave a positive impact on the interviewers. Purpose to send the note 24-48 hours after the interview, expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to interview and briefly stress on your interest to work with the company.
By applying the above tips, you will be prepared for your interview. Remember, an interview is a chance for you to showcase your skills, and by preparing you increase your chances of landing your dream job!