We are all working in a highly competitive world and finding a job is a lengthy process. First of all it’s hard to find a job and getting an opportunity to interview but once you get the interview, secondly it all boils down to how to crack that particular interview.
Imagine how you can make someone believe in those 30 minutes that you can do this job and you are the best candidate for it?
It is a fact that most of us aren’t very good at giving our best during interviews. Here are a few tips to convert the interview into your advantage. Here’s how:
Prepare for the Interview
Even if you are a master of your job, you should prepare for the day by doing research on the company, reading employee reviews on portal, projects, competitors, mission statement, etc… This gives you a better understanding of what the company is really about.
Keep Plan B
It will be fantastic if the interview goes according to your plan but what if it doesn’t. For example interviewer/company representative can focus on certain questions or have an addition panel interviewer last minute. Basically prepare for the worse and stay calm and composed.
Professionally Dressed up
Even if the company follows a casual dress code, you should be professionally dressed up (business suit, tie, shirt, etc…) because you will not have this day back so ‘dress yourself but dress smart’
Be Punctual and Watch your Body Language
Target to reach your appointment at least 10 minutes before the interview and watch your body language don’t be nervous or over confident .People forget the key thing which is a strong handshake that tells the interviewer how are you feeling that day. Remember ‘actions speak louder than words’.
Answer with an example
Try to answer the questions with examples in a concise manner. Use facts and figures so that the interviewer can understand the project, your skills and responsibilities and relate to the job you are interviewing for.
Ask Questions at the end
Yes it is important they should like you but it is more important you should also like them so ask the right questions, for example – what is the project about, which phase is the project is in, team size, team cultures, who are the stakeholders, etc…
To wrap up “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any” and to top it off “if you don’t get the job you do get the experience from the interview and can better prepared for the next one “Good luck”