Tribe Interview Preparation
The time you spend preparing for a job interview will ultimately affect your success in the role. Even if the interview is a “coffee catch up” it’s better to be over rather than under prepared, the research you’ve done (or haven’t) will be noticeable.
Below are some tips to make sure you’re well organised for your interview:
- Make sure you know where you’re going to park .
- Do your research on the company , look at their website , social media channels and talk to your netw ork.
- Prepare a 5-minute overview of your career (which is relevant to the role). T his will help you if the interviewer asks you to tell them about your background briefly .
- Think about your answers to general and behavioural based questions (see below).
- Come up with 3 – 5 personal selling points that fit the position description
- Think about 3 – 4 questions you would like to ask the interviewer/s related to the role, the business, and the team .
Typical interview questions
- What interests you about the role/working for this company?
- What is your career plan in 5 years from now?
- What have been the proudest achievements in your career and why?
- What do your colleagues think about you?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your interests outside of work?
Hiring man a gers use behavioural based questions to make sure you have the relevant skills for the job you are applying for. Come prepared with a bank of examples you can use for multiple questions .
As a starting point, h ave a look at the job description of the role you are going for , highlig ht the key skills they are looking f or , and build questions around these.
Remember to use the STAR model to give structure to your examples:
- Briefly describe the S ituation or background
- Explain the T ask or activity
- Outline the A ction you took
- What was the R esult ?
It’s important if you haven’t interviewed in a while to practice using this method as it can take a bit of getting used to!
We’ve all had to work with someone who is difficult to get along with. Give me an example of when this has happened to you .
- Why was that person difficult?
- How did you manage the relationship?
- How did you influence the person’s approach?
TIP: Keep your answer factual not emotional . T he interviewer is looking for your ability to manage a difficult situation and still achieve the desired outcomes of your job.
Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
- What happened because of this?
- How did you go about making amends?
TIP: Everyone makes mistakes so it’s frustrating to hear someone say they’ve never made one ! The interviewer is looking for your ability to reflect, accept your part, and move on .
Can you think of a project or idea that w as sold and implemented successfully because of your efforts?
- What was your role?
- What was the outcome?
TIP: It doesn’t matter how big or small the idea was, the interviewer is interested in hearing how you pulled together multiple stakeholders to achi eve goals.
Tell us about a time when you couldn’t meet a deadline .
- What else were you working on at the time?
- How did you prioritise your work?
- What was the reaction to this?
TIP: This is about managing expectations. W e all have times whe n there are competing priorities and we can’t achieve everything. It’s important to talk about how you prioritised your workload and communicated with the relevant stakeholders.
Describe a decision you made that wasn’t popular and how you managed the implementation.
- Why did you make the decision?
- What was unpopular about it?
TIP: This is oft en asked when the role involves managing a team . Think of a time when you changed policy or a process , t alk about how you introduced the idea and what approach you took to get your team (and the wider business) on board.
For more behavioural based questions take a look at this website.
So you’ve landed an interview for your dream automotive job. Great start! The next step is to get ready for your interview – the golden rule is to be prepared. It’s surprising how many job seekers in the automotive trade make the mistake of arriving for interviews without properly preparing and expecting their experience to help them walk into the job.
Read on to find out how to avoid this and how you can give yourself the best chance possible in your interview.
Do your research
Do all the research on the car manufacturer, dealership, garage or engineering firm that you can. Spend time going through the company website and, if possible, get a copy of their latest published report and accounts (these are normally available to download from the company website).
“What do you know about our company?” is one of the most commonly asked interview questions, so make sure you are fully prepared to answer in a confident and concise way. This will involve knowing what kinds of vehicles they work on, the size of their company, and the services they offer. If it is on their website, there is no excuse for not knowing about it.
Here is our checklist for your interview research:
- What does the company do?
- What products and services do they offer?
- What strategy is the company currently following?
- What are the growth plans for the company?
- Who are their main competitors?
- What has their recent financial performance been like?
- Have there been any news articles about the company published recently?
Be prepared to discuss your CV
Make sure you can speak in detail about everything on your CV. Your interviewers will usually ask open-ended questions to make sure they learn as much as they can about you and your suitability for the job. An open-ended question is one that requires comments beyond “yes” or “no”. For example, rather than asking “Do you like brake work?”, the interviewer will probably ask “Why do you like or dislike brake work?”. Come to the interview with plenty of examples of how you have showcased your skills in the past.
If your work history has large gaps in it, or you have switched employer frequently, the interviewer will want to know why. Be prepared to explain your career progression.
Demonstrate your training
Your job interview can quickly turn into a test of what you know and how you would apply that knowledge. Some garages, workshops and factories carry out testing during interviews. They might put parts on the table and ask what each of them do. You might be asked how you would proceed if you identified a specific problem with one of the parts.
Showcase your computer skills
As more and more tasks are becoming computerised in the automotive industry, be prepared to outline specific computer skills, including knowledge of how to use the internet for research. Run through the software systems you have worked with and explain how they help you do your job.
Here are a few questions for you to practice before your interview. When preparing your answers, it’s best to avoid writing them down word-for-word and learning them exactly. Try bullet points instead so that your answer will sound more natural.
Common automotive interview questions:
- What can you bring to this organisation in terms of skills?
- What do you want to be doing in five years?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How do you feel about further training?
- How do you deal with criticism?
Questions to ask your interviewer
You will usually have the opportunity to ask your interviewers questions. This is a good opportunity to help you decide if the job is right for you and to demonstrate your interest in the particular role. Here are some examples of what you could ask:
- How long do your employees typically stay with you?
- What training opportunities do you offer?
- Is this a new role?
- What are the opportunities for promotion for someone in this role?
- What is the company culture like?
Remember to look the part:
Your personal appearance can help you make a good first impression, so make sure you look smart. Shake the interviewer’s hand when you arrive and remember to smile. Body language can say a lot about you, so try to be relaxed but sit up straight, don’t fidget and make plenty of eye contact, without staring.
We hope this advice will boost your interview skills. Make sure you sign up for job alerts from InAutomotive and upload your CV so you don’t miss any opportunities. Good luck!
More interview advice:
- How to answer ‘Why should we hire you?’
- 10 great questions to ask your interviewer
- Interview tips: ‘What can you bring to this role?’
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Business analysts are in high demand these days, and there an abundance of companies looking to recruit these roles. While the advantage is often in the candidates’ favour when it comes to business analyst recruitment, the interview is still vital.
A job interview is all about finding out if you are a right for the company, and if the company is the right fit for you. Before you head to your next business analyst job interview, make sure you are well prepared and ready to impress. Here are our top tips on how to shine in a business analyst job interview.
Consider The Questions
When preparing for a business analyst job interview, it is important you prepare for the questions you are likely to be asked. Interviewers will be looking for specific answers from candidates, which demonstrate that you are dedicated to your skills and knowledgeable about the role. Some of the most popular business analyst interviews questions include;
- Why have you pursued a career as a business analyst? Interviewers use this question to understand your career goals and interests. Talk about your academic achievements and experience working as a business analyst.
- What are the key strengths a business analyst should have? Interviewers ask these kinds of questions to find out what skills you think are vital for success. Discuss both the hard and soft skills that are ideal for a business analyst role.
- Give me an example of a time you have failed to meet a deadline? Questions like this can really throw you off in an interview, as no one wants to highlight their failures. Remember that nobody is perfect, and the interviewer knows that. They want to hear about what you learned from your failure, and what you do now to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
- How do you maintain your professional standards and keep up to date as a business analyst? This question is used to find out how you keep your finger on the pulse. Talk about books, articles, podcasts, blogs, webinars and anything else you do to stay in the loop.
Convey What You Do
Knowing your own worth and value as a business analyst is one thing but being able to communicate it to others is very different. As a business analyst, it is vital that you can articulate your importance to a company. This shows you have a full understanding of your role and your skills.
It can help to practice explaining what you do as a business analyst, and the importance you bring, to family and friends and that don’t understand your role. It might seem futile having to explain the role of a business analyst whilst in a job interview for the position; however, being able to communicate your worth effectively is very important.
Discuss Your Problem Solving Skills
Problem-solving is one of the most important skills a business analyst can have. It is vital that you can discuss this during an interview and highlight how you work to solve problems.
A popular initiative among some business analysts is to hold regular committees in order to practice and home in on creative problem-solving techniques. This could be a once a week lunch where you all sit down and discuss hypothetical situations and how you could solve for them. They don’t have to be relevant to the business or your role; instead, it is just about finding solutions to problems in an innovative way.
Demonstrating that you are the kind of business analyst that will go the extra mile is invaluable in a job interview.
Be A Part Of A Community
Business analysts that reach out further than their company and are a part of a wider business analyst community often have greater success in their careers. There is a huge support network out there for those in business analyst roles, including regular webinars, conferences and social events.
Getting involved in this community can help you to learn from other likeminded individuals. You will have the opportunity to tap into an impressive network of other business analysts, which can help you further your own career.
Invest In Yourself
Some business analysts think they can progress their careers and thrive in the role using real-life experience alone. In actual fact, proper training and development are essential for a successful career as a business analyst. When you try to learn everything on the job, and from senior business analysts around you, there is no guarantee you are learning everything correctly.
Formal training is the most effective way of demonstrating your skills as a business analyst. Furthermore, investing in training is worthwhile when it comes to progressing your business analyst career.
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I conduct a lot of mock interviews in my role as Assistant Director of Career Development here at Ivy Tech Community College. I realize job interviews can be stressful. But there are a few things to keep in mind that can help to calm your fears and increase your confidence.
They contacted you because there was something about your resume that sparked their interest.
Remember that! This is not a cold invitation. The hiring committee wants to meet you! You have qualifications, education and experience that prompted them to invite you in for a meeting. Approach the interview as a conversation in which you are engaged, asking questions and offering ideas.
The hiring committee wants to see that you can get along well with others.
Things haven’t changed a whole lot since elementary school when it was important to play nicely with the other kids. In the way you answer the questions, demonstrate that you can “play well with others” and that will go a long way toward making a good impression! They need to see that you are going to get along with the rest of the team.
Every answer must have a positive conclusion.
You will have basic questions such as, “What are your greatest weaknesses?” “Have you ever had a disagreement with a supervisor?” “What are your strengths?” The key is to always be authentic, specific, and to end on a positive note. Maybe your weakness has been procrastination. Talk about how that has been an issue for you, but emphasize that you recognized the problem and took steps to overcome it. Maybe you disagreed with your supervisor on how to conduct inventory in the warehouse. Describe how you communicated your thoughts on the matter then explain what action was taken. (For behavioral questions such as this, remember the STAR acronym. Situation, Task, Action, Result—and always talk about a positive result!)
Remember: The interview is an awesome opportunity for you to demonstrate three key traits—confidence in your abilities, interpersonal communication skills, and a positive attitude. The hiring committee wants to see you shine—you just need to show up and make it happen!
Your CV blew your future employer away, you got an interview and now you need to ace it to get the job. Interviews can be quite intimidating, but in the end, success comes down to being well prepared, likable and confident.
Here are our top 11 tips for how to ace a job interview:
1. More knowledge = more confidence
You started the research process with a tailored application, now it’s time to up the ante: Find out about the company’s mission, achievements and milestones. Social media channels are as much of a must-read as profiles about the industry, the competition and the person you’re interviewing with. The more you know, the more empowered and confident you will feel.
2. Dress the part
Interview clothes should always look professional, be comfortable and make you feel confident. Find out what the company culture is like and how people dress before deciding on what you’ll wear (think suits for banks, something business casual for ad agencies etc.). And remember that if you never wear suits and want to wear one for the interview, practice wearing one in advance (you might end up looking and feeling uncomfortable otherwise.) Don’t forget to shine your shoes and make sure they don’t give you any blisters before you head out the door.
3. Master the warm-up questions…
You can bet money that you will have to tell the interviewer about yourself, why you should be hired and what your career goals are. Practice the answers but don’t sound like a broken record. Don’t just memorize your CV and basically read it out when asked to talk about yourself. It’s smart to use it as a reference point as your interviewer is likely to have it in front of them and to mention key events or points when appropriate, just make sure your answers always add something interesting to the story your CV already tells.
4. …and get ready for the tough ones
Why don’t you tell me about your weaknesses? Here’s how you score bonus points with tricky questions like these: Pick a weakness and elegantly turn it into a strength that relates to the job. “I’m a little impatient, but it’s simply because I like to finish projects on time and not disrupt the workflow of the whole team.” The key thing is, to be honest, and never ever answer with: “I have no weaknesses.”
5. Prepare for some brain-teasers
If you were a kitchen tool, which one would you be and why? These questions don’t always come up, but if they do, try to be relaxed and confident when answering them. They’re there to test you on your critical thinking skills and how well you think on your feet. Make sure to highlight your personality with your answer and make your answers as fun and interesting as you can (without being inappropriate, of course.) And what about that kitchen tool then? Consider an answer like this: I’m a can opener. Even though it’s not the first tool that comes to mind in the kitchen, it can be crucial for every course of the meal.
6. Know when to ask for a time-out
If you don’t know the answer to a question or you feel yourself panicking a little, take a deep breath and ask confidently and calmly if you can get back to the question later. Avoid rambling on and on and don’t let any panic show. It’s much better if you build up your confidence with some other (easier) questions and then return to this tougher one later. (Who knows, your interviewer might forget to ask it in the end anyway!) Word of warning though: Don’t rely on this too much and only skip questions if absolutely necessary; asking to skip a question too many times could make you seem unprepared.
7. Be honest
Gaps or detours in your CV are no reason to freak out. You got an interview, after all, so they clearly liked your profile and want to get to know you better. Be honest and explain what you learned during that time off (whatever the reason was) and how it will benefit you in the job you’re applying for; even a period of unemployment can be turned into an advantage if you used that time to develop yourself somehow and kept actively looking for work.
8. Avoid these
Don’t be late, rude or talk bad about your former bosses or colleagues. Lying, oversharing, making inappropriate jokes or dominating the conversation are other great ways to make a bad impression. Eating an onion sandwich on a poppy seed bun right before the interview might do the trick as well. If you show up on time, look presentable and come across as nice and sociable, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get off to a good start.
9. Always (always) have a question prepared
Questions are easy to prepare so never miss the opportunity to show off your critical thinking skills with gems such as “What speaks against hiring me?”. If there are any doubts or hesitation, this is your chance to clarify something about the job on offer and provide more information about yourself.
10. Actually, make that a smart question
Introduce your question with a personal bit of information and elegantly kill two birds with one stone: “I taught kids coding in summer camp. Would my role enable me to be involved in projects that give back to the community?”
11. Follow up like a boss
Last but definitely not least, always follow up with an email or even a handwritten card thanking your interviewer for the opportunity. It’s a good chance to quickly mention, once again, why you’re a good fit and how lovely it was to meet everyone. Keep it short, sweet and friendly, and remember to send it within 24 hours of your interview.
Good luck! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for you!
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Saundra Loffredo offers a four-step process to help you answer those challenging interview questions that require you to draw on previous experiences.
Job interviews are filled with all types of questions. The easiest are usually closed-ended ones that require you to answer a specific question directly. An example of a closed-ended question is, “Are you willing to relocate?” Your answer to this question would be brief and direct.
Open-ended questions require you to answer using an explanation. Such questions are more difficult and require some preparation on your part. Questions like, “Why do you want to work for our organization?” or “What are your long-term career goals?” need a more detailed answer than standard closed-ended questions.
Behavioral interview questions are typically the most challenging. These questions have become a favorite of interviewers because it is believed that your past behavior is a predictor of your future behavior. Behavioral questions require you to draw a response from your experiences. The questions will be phrased like, “Tell me about a time …” or “Give me an example of how …”
Responses such as “If I were in that situation” or “I would do this if” are not acceptable. You must respond with a specific event or situation that you have experienced. If you haven’t had the particular experience that the interviewer is asking about, then be honest and tell him or her that.
A few of the more common behavioral interview questions that you might be asked to answer during an interview include:
- Describe a situation where you showed initiative and the result of that initiative.
- Tell me about a time when you were part of a team and there was conflict among the team members. What role did you play and why?
- Describe a time when you were under a lot of pressure and how you handled that situation.
- Explain when you encountered one of your biggest challenges and what you did to overcome that challenge.
- Tell me about a time when you did not agree with feedback you were given and how you handled that situation.
While behavioral interview questions are usually the most difficult to answer, they are also your best opportunity to shine. Weave your response into a story by using the STAR method, a four-step process to answer those challenging behavioral interview questions:
- Situation — Describe the situation, project or event that you were involved in.
- Task — Explain what you needed to do to analyze, adjust and/or rework the situation.
- Actions — Describe the actions you took to make the changes.
- Result — Explain the specific results of your actions.
Here is an example of the STAR method in action.
Charlie was interviewing for his dream job at a great organization when his interviewer said, “Tell me about a time when a project you were working on did not meet its goals or was delivered late.” The U R Involved project immediately came to Charlie’s mind. He began to describe the U R Involved project as his big idea when he was president of Supergreat University’s Graduate Student Association. The association was having difficulty recruiting committee members and future leaders. Charlie felt that was because graduate students who only went to the campus for classes, and often lived off it, felt detached from campus life. His theory was that graduate students needed to see that they were already involved in campus life just by being students. He believe that if they understood this concept, he could get some of them directly involved in the Graduate Student Association and begin to build a bench of future leaders.
Charlie described how he developed and implemented the U R Involved project. He personally created a social media blitz by posting news and information about the association. He did this actively for about two months and had nothing to show for his efforts. No one had responded to any of his posts; no one had personally approached him or even emailed him about the association. His efforts had failed.
After some thought and seeking more input, Charlie decided his approach had been too impersonal. Some of his friends suggested trying a friend-get-a-friend campaign next. Charlie asked each member of the association to identify and talk with five to 10 people whom they could invite to get involved in campus leadership. Each person spent time finding and holding conversations among friends, fellow class members and lab mates about the student association. After two weeks, seven new people joined an association committee, and two individuals asked Charlie how to become an officer of the group.
In the job interview, Charlie summarized his response by saying he learned from his experience that he needed to take input from others and delegate responsibilities to get the job done effectively. Using the STAR method, he described the following:
- Situation — The lack of committee membership and future leaders for the Graduate Student Association.
- Task — He had to identify how to recruit new members and build a leadership bench.
- Action — How he personally implemented the entire U R Involved campaign.
- Result — When the U R Involved campaign failed, he switched gears and asked for help from officers to recruit others; that personal contact approach produced seven new committee members and two potential officers.
Here’s how you can make STAR stories work for you during interviews. Start by collecting a list of 15 common behavioral interview questions. Begin brainstorming how you could answer those questions. Think about challenging situations, tough projects, tight deadlines, difficult personalities and intense team activities. Consider things that happened at work, in graduate school, in the lab or when volunteering. Your experience in each of those arenas can be used to create your interview answers.
Choose the situation that fits the behavioral question and outline your response with the STAR method. As you practice responding to those questions, you can fill in the details around the bullet points to create a strong response for your interview. You may need to practice your STAR stories several times in order to have a clear and fluid delivery.
Don’t avoid preparing for questions that bring up uncomfortable situations where you missed a desired outcome, made a mistake or misjudged an event. Such situations have happened to all of us, so be honest. Use your responses to explain what you learned from your actions and the situation. Explaining how you have grown from a negative situation — such as developing a stronger attention to detail or improved negotiation skills — are important concepts to express in your interview.
Behavioral interview questions can be a great way to sell your skills and experience. Develop STAR stories directly from your life experiences. Then use those stories to answer interview questions, sell yourself as a candidate for that job and shine in future interviews.
Culture-specific customs become apparent when looking at processes that seem as standardised as a job interview. In a Mensetsu (Japanese job interview) there are rules about language, dress code, behaviour and even the order in which you enter or exit a room. In order to overcome these hurdles, you will have to immerse in the cultural idiosyncrasies and learn how to follow the protocols. This is precisely what this guide will help you with.
A few days before the interview, you should…
… choose the right look!
Your overall look and especially the way you dress is more important and more streamlined in
Japan than you are probably used to. The most common interview look is known as the “recruit
suit“: A plain black suit and a white shirt. It is extremely important that you take your coat and hat off before entering the building as it is considered a sign of respect.
Right before the interview, you should…
… be on time!
Punctuality is a cultural trait. While some cultures view a little delay as perfectly acceptable, the Japanese are renowned for their punctuality, often even arriving earlier than scheduled. Therefore, you should reach your interview location early, but arrive at the interview dead on time as opposed to too early. It is best to arrive no more than five minutes before the interview starts.
At the beginning of the interview, you should…
… follow the mandatory steps for entering an office!
In Japan entering an office is a formalised procedure. These are the steps you should follow:
– Knock three times (a double-knock is considered rude, because it usually relates to checking if a toilet stall is occupied)
– You can enter the room after your interviewer says ‘Please’ or dōzo (どうぞ)
– Shut the door as quietly as possible
– Say ‘excuse me’ = Shitsurei shimasu (失礼します)
– Bow and walk to the left side of the chair you’re designated to sit in
– Introduce yourself with your name and a fact about you
– Bow again
– Do NOT sit down before you are told to, stand next to your chair instead
– When you are presented with business cards, accept them with both hands, but do not put
them away in your pocket
Throughout the interview, you should…
… behave adequately and professionally!
As a general rule, it is better to be excessively polite than not polite enough in Japan. The best way to behave in a job interview is to be polite, reserved and friendly. In contrast to Western job interviews, being modest when talking about your achievements plays an important part.
Japanese work cultures values commitment to the principle of group harmony. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that you are perceived as a team player. Your body language should also show respect, for instance by using both hands when giving something to your interviewer.
People during a Japanese job interview
After the interview, you should…
… perform the expected steps!
When the interview ends you should thank your interviewer (doumo arigatou gozaimashita) and
bow, first while being seated and the second time when standing up. Then return your chair to its original position, excuse yourself, bow once more and eventually close the door behind you.
It is best to act like you are still in the interview until you are out of sight because your examination doesn’t necessarily finish after your interview ends. As important as first impressions are, do not underestimate the last impression as it leaves an even more significant impact on the people interviewing you.
… follow up!
It is recommended to send a message of gratitude to thank your interviewers for their time.
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Congratulations! You have been selected for a job interview but how do you come across with confidence and keep the nerves at bay?
It’s no secret employers are more likely to appoint people who are confident in their interviews. So to smash that interview we have come up with 11 top tips to show your confidence and get hired.
- Adjust your perception
Check in to see if anything is dropping your confidence. Do you have any concerns because you lack experience or skills as a nurse or midwife? Are you worried about potential tough questions?
Write down whatever is bothering you, and then rewrite a new positive response.
Focus on these responses while also visualising the interview going well.
By rewriting your new response and imagining yourself succeeding will ultimately change how you feel and behave, resulting in a more confident you.
- Apply breathing techniques
Slow and deep breathing helps you to relax which is key to feeling in control of the situation and inspires confidence. Deep breathe moments before meeting with your interviewers. Anytime you feel overwhelmed, slow your breathing down which will bring oxygen to your brain and help you think clearly.
- Practice your handshake
Make sure your handshake is firm but not aggressive. A limp handshake shows lack of experience in an interview. If you are unsure of your handshake, practice with family and friends and ask for their feedback.
- Stand strong
It is a well-known fact that body language impacts how you see and present yourself. When sitting and standing use an open pose with hands at your side and back straight. Refrain from crossing your arms or clasping your hands. Make sure you don’t fidget. Don’t hold a pen or paper and be careful not to tap your hands or feet either.
- Make eye contact
It’s crucial to make eye contact when it comes to confidence. It helps people to think you are more honest, reliable and self-assured
People who smile reflect confidence. People who grimace give the impression of nervousness or being distracted. Smile and try to hold relaxed calm facial expressions.
- Connect with interviewers
Stay present, connect and engage with the process and with your interviewer. Provide helpful answers to questions and stay interested in what they have to say. Focus on what you are trying to achieve. In this way you will come across as likable and more likely to build a rapport with the interviewer. This is more productive than trying to impress.
- Talk slowly
Don’t blurt out your answers and never be afraid to pause. It’s natural to race our sentences when we are nervous but slowing your answers makes you look in control and therefore more confident.
Now you have applied all these techniques – go get that job!
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Job Interview can be easily done by following some simple steps. The job interview in itself, can make you a bit scary, as well as overwhelming. It gets a rush of blood in one’s face whenever one thinks about it. It acts an excellent opportunity for a person to showcase the talent and get to make a good impression, to becomes a member of the organization, where one wants himself to get taken as an employee.
Whether you get hired or not, depends on how you gave the interview (not to mention your Degrees and Educational Qualifications, do matter a lot). Giving a successful interview and how you can shine at a Job Interview is a skill that can be developed by preparing yourself and managing your resources to come in flying colors.
What must be done before, after, and during your interview so that you secure the job and future, we must begin with seven most essential points to ponder must be taken care of.
Know your Organization
Whenever you go for an interview, knowing your organization is the first and foremost requirement of a conversation. It is better to know about the organization where you are going to get interviewed. You must have data beforehand about the company, the history of the company, the field in which the company was dealing, and prospective clients. Any questions arising out of these topics must be answered by you promptly.
The first impression is the last impression, which should get followed while dressing up. You must get dressed for the occasion. A person who is interviewing you will always look at you as you get inside the room. Other things will come later; what you wear is the first thing to get noticed. So take your clothing seriously. When it comes for a job interview, dark blue, black, or grey trouser with the light color shirt, well-polished shoes, a belt and a proper file folder for men and dark color knee-length skirt or saree, well polished and matching heels or comfortable wedges for women is the need of the hour. If you do aspire to present yourself as the best candidate for the job, you must make sure that your clothes are clean, free from lint or hair, ironed well and have a good crease. You can even get yourself checked in the washroom of the company before entering the interview room.
Staying Calm and Composed
If you are nervous before and during your interview, it must not be reflected in your face or activities because that will harm the meeting. Your tension will let you lose your points on the part of the interviewer. Your performance will decline. So, it is better to sit up straight, with hands in a comfortable position, and pay attention to the task in hand. You should remain calm while answering your questions as nobody hires a person who is not stable during the peak hours of work.
Voice, Diction, and Tone
You must use your voice to the best of your advantage. The sound and tone is also very crucial while giving your interview. The tone and the speech clarity must get sorted before getting into a conversation.
Apply for the Right Job Profile
You must have your job qualifications aligned to the job profile. If you are going for a marketing job, it is good to have a diploma or certificate course or a degree before going for an interview. At times, a person goes for an interview, thave good knowledge of field/subject, but applied for the wrong job profile will hamper your portfolio in front of the interviewer.
Every person in this world has some flaws. He is the best man is one who knows the weakness and tries to recover. You must polish the skills that you are going to show. You must come well organized, and it must reflect when you open your file folder in front of the interviewer to submit your documents. Every organization has busy days. They have to meet deadlines. For this, you must remain focused and organized.
You should not get into making mistakes and must be aware of your weaknesses and shortcomings. Effort must put to conquer any lacks on your part, be it being punctual or organizing yourself.
Follow up your Interview
You should follow up on your interview by giving your correct email id and contact number so that the company may reach you whenever they have good news if you got selected for the job. Otherwise, the whole purpose of giving the interview will be lost as you will not be able to report time for the job just earned.
It is this homework that you must complete, even before you get a call for the interview or think about filling up the form for the organization to get an interview. All the best in your endeavor to get the best job for yourself.
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