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How To Prepare For A Job Interview

 

At interviews, your aim is to persuade an enrollment specialist that you have what it takes, knowledge and experience for the job. Show that you are motivated, convince a recruiter that you are fit for the organization’s culture and expected set of responsibilities, and you are as close to getting your desired job position.

The following steps can be of help in preparing for job interviews:

1. Research the organisation.
This can be done by seeking the organisation’s background information via visiting the organisation’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do; their mission statement, assess their products, services and clientele.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job description.
Analyze the job description by listing the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Figure out where the position fits inside the organisation’s hierarchy. Compare and contrast what the business is looking for with your capabilities.

3. Prepare responses.
Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions. So have an overview or a plan to answer questions thrown at you.

4. Plan what to wear.

Be conservative in your business attire: a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free. You are allowed to dress to impress, however, your overall appearance should be tidy and clean.

5. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.
Nonverbal communication speaks volumes, project confidence. smile, establish a proper eye-contact and use a firm handshake whilst addressing all aspects of an interviewer’s questions.
Sit up straight yet comfortably; gestures like foot-tapping, excessive yawning, etc suggests you are  nervous or aggitated, so avoid them.
Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.

6. Plan what to bring.

Whether it is an extra copy of your resume on quality paper or a notepad or professional binder and pen or a piece of information you might need to complete an application; decide on what to go along with to the interview and remember to go along with it.

7. Follow up.
Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”

Asking questions at the end of an interview can avail you the opportunity to clarify issues raised during the interview proper.These kind of questions can be asked from the interviewer:
What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?
Tell me about the organization’s culture.
How will my performance be evaluated?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What are the next steps in the hiring process?

Although, questions that answers can be obviously gotten from the company’s website should not be asked.

We hope the steps highlighted above serve to prepare you better for your next job interview.

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