BY ONI JOSEPH
Truth be told, the advanced structure of so many things has incorporated the act of many companies selecting the best of the bests to work for them. Before going for an interview, it’s essential you get yourself conversant to some peculiar information to have off your sleeve – research, etiquette, appearance etc for a positive response from the interviewer.
The more insight you have into your position and the company you’re interviewing for, the more poised you’ll be during your talk with the hiring manager. So do your homework before the big day and you will be more confident, because you’ve prepared.
Below are 4 essentials tips to have off your sleeve before going for an interview:
1. Study The Job:
In the days leading up to your interview, the job description for the position you’re applying to should become your best friend. Study it closely to get a better sense of the skills the hiring manager is seeking.
“Before an interview, pore over the job description and pick out the five most important duties or skills,” says Pat Joachim Kitzman, director of career and professional development at Central College in Iowa. “Think of examples of when you have successfully used those skills during an internship, part-time job or volunteering [experience].”
2. Do A Research About The Company:
Although you’ll learn a lot about the organization during the interview, be sure to do some investigating beforehand. Familiarize yourself with the company’s mission statement and culture by checking out its website and social media platforms. Companies are working increasingly hard to hire not only the right employees, but the right people. Being a good cultural fit can go a long way in securing a job.
3. Use Questions To Buy More Value:
A successful interview will feel more like a conversation than a one-sided interrogation. Although Browne advises students to rehearse short elevator speeches that can be used if the hiring manager asks them to tell him or her about themselves, it’s equally important to have additional questions ready. Ask for more detail about your potential role, the company and the interviewer’s experience at the organization.
The more insightful and thoughtful the questions, the more interested you will appear in the company. As well as highlighting a genuine interest in the job, asking questions will buy you some time to collect your thoughts while giving you an opportunity to take a deep breath or two.
4. Use Positive Body Language:
Parents don’t prod their kids to sit up at the dinner table for no reason. In an interview room, good posture matters, and the way in which you deliver your responses to questions is nearly as important as the answers themselves. Show interest and enthusiasm for the company and the position you’re signing for.
Because this doesn’t come naturally to everyone, take some time to practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. I’m certain you want to come off as professional as possible.