Everyone knows that preparing for a job interview is one of the most nerve-wracking things. Even if you’re someone who has gone through a few of them, there is no denying that each one is different in their own way and is just as stressful. To help you through the process, here are a few things you should remember while preparing for a job interview, especially if you’re heading in for your first one.
While it’s not the most important thing to do, it’s definitely a step you shouldn’t skip. Remember, your resume is the only thing that the interviewer will have so it helps to know what’s on it. You really don’t want to be in a position where you don’t know what you’ve written because that just looks bad.
The term ‘be yourself’ is the best way to describe what you should be at a job interview! Don’t underestimate the observation skills of the interviewer. Always remember, the truth has a way of coming out. So be honest and be original.
Over the years, the interview process has changed quite a bit. While many corporate jobs have a specific dress code you need to adhere to, a lot of companies have moved to a more casual approach. That being said, just because it’s casual doesn’t mean you don’t put any thought into what you’re wearing. First impressions are the most important when it comes to interviews. So maybe choose a semi-formal attire.
Always be on time for your interview! If there is a delay or any cancellation, be sure to inform that well in advance. Showing up late comes across as rude and unprofessional.
Professional manners like being asked to take a seat, greetings, etc. are all important to keep in mind. Additionally, being polite and having an approachable attitude helps. Avoid being snarky or overtly humorous because that can come across as arrogant and overconfident.
While the way you talk is a major point, your body language is just as important. A lot of times, interviewers read certain body language as signs. For example, folding your hands signifies you’re shut off from the conversation. Incorrect body language can actually put a major dent in your first impression.
If you have any questions or concerns, it is advisable to put them forward. In every interview, the interviewer always asks if there are any questions or something you’d like to know. This is the best time to clear your mind of any doubts. In fact, they usually appreciate the questions as it shows a positive outlook.
While some of us have had great experiences at our previous jobs, many of us haven’t. An interview is definitely not a place to bring up your grievances and differences you had with your past employer. Even if you didn’t have the best experience, there are better ways to put it. So frame that sentence carefully.
Nobody likes being bamboozled! That being said, the chances that you’re going to get caught off-guard at an interview are high. Always prepare for an unexpected question or reaction. In a way, this also tests how you react to situations that you aren’t prepared for.
Don’t get distracted by things going on around you. Focus on the task at hand, which is the interview. When answering questions, be concise! Give the information required and keep it to the point. To put it in simple language, it needs to be brief but comprehensive.
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