How to prepare for an interview?
The first step to reach for a job interview is to apply on various online job portals. On being shortlisted, the further process to achieve a job comprises a short test of your skillset and one or more rounds of personal interviews.
Suppose you apply for your dream job and end up getting a call that you had ardently wished for. You, of course, are in high spirits but the enthusiasm fades away sooner, and panic of cracking further rounds and the interview starts taking over.
In such a scenario, it’s quite reasonable to get anxious. But the key is not to be overwhelmed by anxiety and to get in action – the preparation mode.
There is no need for you to hassle or stress out. All you need to do is take one step at a time. Following this not only keeps you focused but also maximizes your chances to grab that golden opportunity.
We have structured a few useful points to help you ace at the interview and deliver your best performance:
- Revise your knowledge
The foremost thing to do for job interview preparation is to take hold of things you already know. The reason you are shortlisted in the first place is that you already know a lot of stuff as compared to the other applicants.
Realizing this is very crucial for you to tackle other rounds of the hiring process confidently. Revision of your skillset by analyzing your past projects, experiences, and even introspection is the best thing to do.
- Brace yourself for the tough questions
At this point in time, you might need to study the job description deeply. There may be some slight chances that you would have skipped including something important.
You might have prepared everything except a small topic, but you could be unlucky to have been asked that same petty topic. You definitely should avoid being in such a situation.
There could be a few things involved in the new job that you have never known or done earlier. So, make sure to be prepared to deliver what is wanted.
- The CV/Resume
A resume speaks volumes about yourself. Make sure that you do have a decent resume and not a funky one. It shows your level of professionalism.
Add things relevant to your job profile. The interviewer does not care about your baseball skills if you have arrived for a software engineering role.
Never have a resume more than two pages long. You’re after all presenting a resume and not some thesis, right?
You should also consider carrying a few extra hard copies of the resume and your passport-sized photographs; they might come handy.
- Communication skills
No matter what job profile you are applying for, communication skills are hands down a fundamental thing that all recruiters hunt for.
It ensures that the people in the organization can exchange their views and ideas with the interviewee as and when required in the future.
There are a few basic set questions that are generic to all job interviews. Some of them are:
“Tell me something about yourself.”
“Why do you want this job?”
“Where do you see yourself in the next five years?”
You should consider preparing suitable answers to these questions. You do not want to blank out at the time of the interview.
- A clear picture of the organization
During the process of the interview, the recruiter might be interested to know about your knowledge of the organization you’re looking forward to working with.
It will land you in a weird situation if you do not know anything about the company. So it’s advisable to go through the company’s website and check what it is and what the company does.
While the interviewer has asked you his fair share of questions, you might have some queries too. It could be about the additional facilities, the shift timings, employee benefits, or salary negotiation.
Have a clear conversation and keep no doubts in your head. You wouldn’t want to land in any severe troubles after you are in service.
- Consider your attire
Be prepared with your clothes and accessories that you would be wearing to the interview a day in advance to avoid hassles.
Be a little more formally dressed than on usual workdays for the interview. It gives an impression of your willingness to grab the opportunity in hand. Make sure that you neatly iron, your clothes and polish your shoes.
Looks do matter, and there’s no harm in putting a little extra effort to show yourself more presentable.