Interview Skills

Interview Skills

When it comes to interviews, there’s no better formula for success than research and preparation. It is a learned skill, and there are no second chances when you finally land that interview. Below you will find some helpful hints that will better prepare you to land your dream job.

  • 1. Research the company and its culture thoroughly

    One of the biggest things you should prepare for is the company itself. If you’re not prepared, you can very easily start rambling on and talk yourself out of a position. Prepare for the interview by reading through the company web site and the job posting. To make a great impression in your interview, you should conduct some in-depth research into what the company does, its culture and its future goals and ambitions.

  • 2. Make sure you’re prepared for any tasks

    Sometimes, you might be asked prior to the interview to prepare for a particular task; this can include a presentation, a technical skills test or a written exercise.

    It’s really important to ensure that you’ve prepared what’s been asked of you. There will be several other candidates who will have prepared thoroughly so don’t give them a reason to choose them over you.

  • 3. Be prepared to ask questions

    At every interview, you will be asked, “Do you have any questions?” Do not say no!

    Asking questions demonstrates your interest in the company. This part of the interview gives you an opportunity to see if the company is a right fit for you. Being able to ask follow-up questions of things that had been previously discussed also displays your communication skills. Being able to listen and letting the person know you understood what was said is a major part of the interview process.

    Be prepared, answer what is asked of you, and ask questions.

  • 4. Dress appropriately!

    While it is important to be qualified, it is even more important to create the right impression.

    Dress to gain trust and command respect. In her book "Presence," Harvard professor and social psychologist Amy Cuddy reports that humans are judged on two primary factors – trustworthiness and respectability. Creating an ideal image does not require expensive outfits. It means selecting clothing, accessories, makeup and a hairstyle that command respect in your targeted industry.

    To portray this image, you have to think about the fit of the clothes, make sure they are wrinkle and stain free, look modern and are both age- and profession-appropriate.

    It is important to look professional.

  • 5. Select real-life examples that display key hiring traits

    One of the biggest complaints made by hiring managers is when a candidate only talks and fails to support his traits and qualities with past examples. Candidates who prove they have the desired skills fair better in the interview process.

    Identify the top desired traits for a role and prepare examples that clearly demonstrate your experience and abilities.

  • 6. Have a conversation

    The best interviews are a give and take. Come prepared to discuss the company, the role, your background, current trends in the industry, the reason for the opening and any recent business events that may impact the interviewer, role, company or industry. Companies want to hire engaged employees who have taken the time to learn about the company and role for which they are applying.

    Without this critical preparation, most interviews are merely one-sided exchanges in which the interviewer asks questions and the candidate responds to the question but cannot expand beyond it. The ability to have fluid conversation conveys preparation, intelligence, people skills, active listening and a commitment to your career. Don't miss out on the opportunity to display these traits in the meeting.

  • 7. Being desperate

    Hiring managers don’t want someone who seems desperate for a job. They want someone who is cool, calm, and confident in his ability. If you know you can do the job, then believe in yourself and the interviewer will also believe in you.

    The fear of failure in interviews and how to overcome it

    Going in for a job interview can be a fearful process. A few reasons for fearing a job interview are fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, or fear of the unknown. The biggest fear, though, is the fear from not knowing what the interview questions and answers will be.

    Since job interviews give the recruiter an idea of the type of person you are, being scared and nervous can sometimes hurt your chances of obtaining a position. A recruiter that invites you to a job interview already knows your skills qualify you for the job in which you applied for. So, basically, a job interview is to verify your skills but it also shows the recruiter if you can fit inside the job, and company, environment itself.

    The interview questions and answers can be one of the most frightening elements of the interview view process. Although, there are some ways that can be taken before hand in order to overcome the fear of interview questions and answers that may arise during the job interview.

    1. Find out which interview questions and answers make you nervous and fearful 2. Research the company and job position you applied for 3. Research common interview questions and answers 4. Prepare questions you would like to ask the recruiter 5. Practice interview questions and answers

    Knowing what questions may be asked, and answers you can give, ahead of time can bring you from being fearful to fearless. Study the company and questions; this can assure confidence whether you have any or not.

    The key to success is preparation.

12 December 2017 Posted by: Sunita P (Sr Trainer)