Making career decision seems quite overwhelming when we read about the unemployment and layoff reports regularly. One of the main reasons could be the job seekers don’t take employers’ requirements serious and start making their own individual maps along the way. Although you have a degree and skills, doing it your way is certainly not the right approach.
In every interview, you are meeting new people who have already created a lot of expectations after looking over your resume. You need to stay upbeat and enthusiastic throughout each of it. The most effective key to succeed in an interview is investing a little time getting ready that helps to handle the circumstantial on-goings easily. Here, we are sharing some tips that are surely helpful in nailing the interview and showcase you as an ideal candidate for company’s next new employee.
- Practice to Prepare
Coming prepared to an interview speak about your professional ethics and makes employers believe about your sense of responsibility. So, practice for the typical questions that most employers ask firstly. Then, think of your skills and try to match them to the job requirements. Provide the evidences of your past successes, which is a great to promote your application for the job. Most importantly, prepare your own list of questions to ask the employer; it is impressive most of the times.
- Research about the Company
When you receive an interview call, it leaves you in anticipation till the time comes. In the meanwhile, do your research about the company and employer so you may appear as a candidate who is aware of all the open affairs of the company. You can also use such knowledge while answering some questions in the interview. Summing up, the chances of getting hired are the most when the interviewer finds you connected and good fit for the company culture.
- Get Everything Ready Ahead of Time
Don’t wait for the last minute to rush about the interview outfit, extra copies of resumes, and notepad and a pen. These are some must-haves of an interview that needs to be ready a night before your interview is lined up. Make sure to wear a neat and tidy outfit appropriating the company you are interviewing with. And remember to take extra copies of your resume along with a pen and paper for taking notes.
- Reach Earlier than Actual Time
Reaching the interview location five to ten minutes earlier is efficient. When you do so, it saves you some time to calm the nerves, check you outfit, and drive to the location. Highlighting your professionalism in this way lets you know where you will be interviewed and how long will it take to get in there.
- Try to Stay as Calm as Possible
Thought of a job interview may put you in a panic and stressful mode, which won’t help exuding your confidence. The main element that speaks clearer than your words is body language so try keep your nerves as calm and relax as possible. Listen to interviewer’s questions carefully, maintain an eye contact, and pay attention otherwise you will be embarrassed if failed to understand him.
- Show Relevancy with what you know
Try to relate the answers of asked questions with your knowledge about the company. Discuss your career accomplishments for which you might have earned an online life experience degree. When you succeed to match the firm’s requirements for a certain job with your past experience and skills, it increases the possibility of getting hired by the employer.
- Follow Up
Likewise every other process, a genuine follow-up is necessary after an interview too. You can reiterate your interest in the position by saying “Thank you.” It is also another good way to add something that you might have forgotten during the interview. For this purpose, you may use any e-mail channel but make sure to do it within the 24 hours of your interview.
Some Additional Tips
- There are a number of mistakes and errors that a candidate can make for employment. Make sure to review those common mistakes and avoid them happening due to the stress.
- When the interview is different from typical face-to-face meetings, you would need to put some extra effort and need more advice for gaining success in phone interviews, behavioral interviews, public interviews, etc.
Shawn Harvey is a professional designer. He is a US citizen, graduated from Michigan State University in interior design. He is specialized in Kitchen and bathroom designs, leading to set up his own business eventually. Currently, he is in the position of designing interiors for private residences in Miami, Key Wet Florida, and Miami Beach.
Putting his thoughts on paper is his part time hobby, which turn him into a writer unintentionally. In his leisure time, he carves about culture, career, and technological topics.