The impression you make in a job interview goes a long way to determine whether you get a job or not. Given that today’s graduates mostly parade certificates they cannot defend interviewers place more emphasis on a candidates performance during job interviews.
Here is some advice on how to ensure you impress your interviewers and come out top in your next job interview;
Research the Organization, Know Vital Things about Them
Knowledge is your key to doing well at the interviewer. Some questions you will be asked will be about the organization and if you don’t show enough knowledge about the organization and its activities you do not stand a chance of getting employed with them.
Be Confident & Courteous
Confidence doesn’t mean pride. Be sure of yourself and one way to do that is to prepare well. Think a bit before you answer questions and do not use careless words. You need to come across as someone who thinks before he acts or talks.
Know the Kind of Questions to Expect and Prepare for Them
In most job interviews you will expect two forms of questions viz Personality questions and Professional questions.
The first, personality questions, are questions targeted at knowing the kind of person you are, how you think and whether you can fit into the organization. The professional questions simply test your knowledge and skills for the job to ascertain your readiness to take on the job.
It is easier to prepare for professional questions as you can research and get updated on skills and knowledge needed for the kind of job you want. The personality questions are trickier and can vary greatly depending on the interviewer(s).
Answer Questions Clearly and Briefly
You have at most a couple of minutes to answer any question thrown your way. Make sure you don’t exceed that and annoy your interviewers. It is better to be clear and precise with your answers.
Ask a few Relevant Questions If and When Given the Chance
Asking relevant questions will paint you as an intelligent job seeker especially when you ask positive questions about the company. However if you have nothing genuine and useful to ask it is better to keep quiet.
After the Interview Do One More Thing
Send a Thank You note or card to your interviewer(s) thanking them for the opportunity to prove that you can do the job and stating your determination to contribute to the organization’s growth when hired.
Observing the above advice will brighten your chances in any given job interview.
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