Congratulations you have been selected for an interview. So the big question is… How do I get prepared? There are a few things that are expected of each candidate before and during an interview. This article contains vital information on what to do as you prepare for that interview.
How to Prepare for an Interview
1. Research the company
It is highly unlikely that you will pass a test without studying the content and getting familiar with the nature of the test itself. The same applies to an interview.
Do not go before your prospective employers like a blank slate. Take some time and get to know the industry and learn the hierarchy of the organization in which you desire to become an employee.
This is a great way to create an impression, but it will also put you at ease. Prospective employers are far more likely to hire a candidate who displays a sense of being proactive, independent and show that they really know what they want.
2. Research the position and key players
Never take anything for granted. Ensure that you get a full job description and review it thoroughly. You need to know and have a full understanding of the duties that come along with the position.
3. Review your Résumé.
Ensure that there are no errors and that your résumé really reflects your suitability for the position.
4. Have your supporting documents ready
Imagine sitting there in the interview and being asked to supply supporting documents such as your identifications and certificates only to realize then and there that you left them. Being thoroughly prepared sets you at ease and gives you some leverage. It shows you are organized and in control.
5. Dress appropriately for the interview
Your outfit will create a first impression. Do not let it be the reason the interviewer places your résumé at the bottom of the pile and cross you off the list. How you dress matters.
6. Be on time
Good time management is a major factor for employers. Showing up late or just on time for your interview will send a bad signal. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
7. Make sure your cell phone is off
This goes without saying. Imagine your cell phone going off during the interview. You are not yet an employee, but would have displayed a quality that sets off a red light in the mind of your employers. It may show you up as being irresponsible and even disrespectful.
8. Stay focused and pay full attention
Your whole deportment during the interview will be taken into account so ensure that you hold a good posture and make eye contacts with the panel.
9. Don’t take over the interview
Nervousness or overconfidence can cause some people to go on a ramble trying to create an impression. To avoid this, ensure that you answer the questions fully and wait until a question is asked of you before asking one of your own.
10. Be professional when you are your questions
Avoid joking around and trying to create laughs during the interview. Be professional at all times.
If you can, try to get in a few sessions of mock interviews. You can arrange to do this with The Career Development Place; you can also review common questions you may be asked during an interview. Here’s to your success.
This article is written by Julianne Stephens, CEO and Career Consultant of The Career Development Place, LLC. To contact call 954 826 7608, visit them on the web at www.TheCareerDevelopmentPlace.com or email careerdevelopmentplace@gmail, facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thecareerdevelopmentplace.