Updated: Aug 21
Whether it is your first job after graduation or a well-considered career move, you always need to be well prepared for the interview. Ensure that your CV is well written. To stand out from the crowd, a professionally written CV is a wise investment. A well-written CV and cover letter will encourage employers to call you for a job interview.
The process of interviews intimidates many, but you should look at it as a discussion to determine if you are suitable for the job and if this company is right for you. Keep in mind that being well prepared for an interview is as important as the interview itself.
From the first contact, you make with your prospective employer; you will be assessed as a potential employee. You will be evaluated on your level of professionalism, language, and interest in the position.
Do Not Leave Anything to Chance
Most people find the preparation for the interview more stressful than the interview itself. Your preparation for the interview should not leave anything to chance, as you can be sure, neither will your prospective employer.
You should have a specific plan of action:
• Before the interview, do some online research, so you know as much as possible about the company and its corporate objective and mission. Make sure your responses at the interview are a good fit for the company.
• Be sure of the interview format: what do you need to bring with you; whether you will be required to make a presentation, and how long the interview is likely to last.
• You should be dressed appropriately for the occasion – neatly and professionally.
• Check out the time required to reach the venue of the interview, and plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early.
• Rehearse your answers to possible questions.
• Act with poise and be relaxed.
• Always carry extra copies of your CV, in case the interview panel needs a copy.
• Prepare your own set of questions to ask the employer.
• Be well prepared to answer how your experience, education and skills will be an asset to the position you have applied for.
When answering questions, be specific and concise - try not to respond with long, drawn-out answers. Your whole demeanour should reflect your confidence. Greet everyone with a firm handshake, and wait to be invited to sit before taking a chair. Do not slouch in the chair and sit up. When talking, smile and always maintain eye contact. Know all your interviewers by name and address them appropriately.
Post Interview Actions
Once the interview is over, thank everyone present and comment about enjoying being there and your continued interest in being considered for the position. It is crucial that you follow-up with a thank you letter that is short and brief. It should reiterate no more than 3 of your strongest skills that you can offer the employer. Do call the employer and do not email the employer unless you have express permission to do so. This will convey your interest in the job and will demonstrate your follow up skills and enthusiasm for the job.
The impression you have left, your confidence, poise and posture, along with your knowledge on the subject will be an opening for a follow-up interview.
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