Job Interview Preparation Tips

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Before you can be successful in an interview, some things must have being in place. You must have prepared enough and have confidence in yourself, but how can you have control over the interview no matter what structure the interview is, successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in an offer. This is the opportunity for you to prove to your employer that the right person for the job is the candidate, you, sitting right in their front. Below are some tips that can be useful:

1. Company Research
2. Be prepared and Practice constantly
3. Stay Calm and manage your nerves
4. Leave behind a positive impression
5. Dress well and comport yourself.
6. Show What You Know

Company Research: Research should always be your first step. Gathering background information on employers is a crucial element in successful interview preparation. You will need to be prepared to answer some questions about the employer. Knowing as much as possible about the employer is always supposed to be the first step of your interview preparations. You cannot work for an employer you hardly know something about, as one of your first four questions might be ’’what do you know about us or this company?’’ Search and review the company’s web site and see what they have online.

Be prepared and Practice constantly: Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Don’t just read the question-practice and rehearse the answers. Check for the job interview commonly asked questions and answers, practice them, figure out the complex ones and find out how to handle them relating them to your own situation. Complete a mock interview. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Make the most of every interview opportunity by fully prepared.

Stay Calm and manage your nerves: Control your nerves, give a natural response and not a memorised answer, because a memorised answer may not answer the question asked. Interview is a conversation which gives room both parties to learn from each other in an effort to mark and decide if the candidate is good for the position. Ask for clarification if you’re not sure what’s been asked and remember that it is acceptable to take a moment or two to frame your responses so you can be sure of your answer to the question.

•Listen: From the beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.

•Don’t Be Too Familiar: The interview is a professional meeting  to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer’s demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.

Don’t Appear Desperate: When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Maintain the three C’s during the interview: cool, calm and confident. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.

•Ask Questions: When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No. That is a wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions to demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

Leave behind a Positive final Impression: When leaving, for instance, the way you say goodbye can be so impressive, your hand shake and with warming smile is very important. You can also talk about how inspiring the interview was. In your rounding up, you might say something like ’’I really love your plan on how to eradicate minor stops and breakdowns on the old line without wasting effort and morning, that is what I have been planning and working towards in the past one year. All these might help you when scoring the candidates’ interview to help distinguish each candidate.

Dress well and comport yourself: Remember that interview starts as you enter into the interview room.

                                                                          Types And Category of  Job Interview Questions

•Salary Negotiations: Once you know what you should be earning, how do you go about getting it? Start by being very patient. When interviewing for a new position, do your best not to bring up compensation until the employer makes you an offer. If you’re asked what your salary requirements are, say that they are open based upon the position and the overall compensation package. Or tell the employer you’d like to know more about the responsibilities and the challenges of the job before discussing salary. Another option is to give the employer a salary range based upon the salary research you’ve done up front. Once you’ve received the offer you don’t need to accept (or reject) it right away. A simple “I need to think it over” can get you an increase in the original offer. And if you’re ambivalent about the position a “no” can bring you a better offer too. I turned down a position I knew I didn’t want, regardless of salary, and received three follow-up phone calls upping the compensation package. Be careful though, if you do definitely need that new job there’s a risk that the employer may accept your declining the position and move on to the next candidate.

•Open-ended Questions: Used by interviewers when they expect more than a yes or no answer. Some typical open questions are: “What can you tell me about yourself?”, “Why are you interested in the posted position?” or “What are your most remarkable skills?”. The best way to answer these questions is by doing the right research before going to the interview (check your own resume and the organization website) and by making a list of possible open-ended questions so you can rehearsal your answers before the interview. 

•Closed-ended Questions: Used by interviewers when they need to know a specific piece of information (years of experience, technical knowledge, etc.). These questions require a brief and solid answer. The best way to deal with these questions is by reviewing and making sure you don’t have any doubts about your background and CV details. If the question requires a yes/no answer then always try to add a brief piece of valuable information to the answer. For example: “Are you experienced teaching children?” – “Yes. I have 4 years of experience and I think they have been really rewarding”. 

•Hypothetical Questions:  Used by interviewers to assess your problem-solving skills and to make sure you do have enough experience in the field to be able to face day-to-day problems. Of course, reply speed is also assessed. The best way to face these questions is by having all the required information so you do not give plain, meaningless answers. The best way to gather info is by asking follow-up questions before answering. 

•Leading Questions: These questions are taken for granted (“So, you have a lot of experience in the Customer Service Area, don´t you?). The idea of leading questions is to get a specific response from the interviewee . The only way to answer these questions is by not being caught off your guard. That is: Listen carefully and process questions before you answer them. The interviewer may be asking a leading question with a negative emphasis (“it must have been really difficult to get along with your boss as a sales rep”). Always go for positive answers. 

•Multi-Barreled Questions: They check your reasoning skills. These questions are linked in such way that suddenly what seems to be one question are actually two or three questions about the same topic. First of all, remember that they are checking your reasoning skills so do not give an answer unless you truly understand the questions. Do not fear to ask the interviewer to either repeat or rephrase his/her question. 

•Behavioral Questions: Used by interviewers to check the behavior of candidates. This type of question states that the best way to know what a candidate will do is by knowing what he/she did in a similar situation in the past. It is important to be completely honest when asked a question about a past experience, interviewers will ask for more and more details and it would be impossible to keep a lie going on. The best way to prepare yourself for these questions is by doing all possible research: What the company wants and what skills are required for the position. Get an informational interview to get and insight of the posted position. 

The ‘STAR’ Approach for Answering a Question

S: Situation – describe the situation
T: Task or problem – what dilemma or problem did you face?
A: Action – what action did you take?
R: Result – what was the result of your action? 



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