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How to prepare for interview

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Now that your CV has been considered; the next step is the interview. This is the time to physically defend your CV. The internet has much material to guide on this. However, we have put basics here for you:

What to remember

  • Be punctual
  • Know all areas of the business and their basic roles
  • Look a pro
  • Sit straight and look forward
  • Be positive
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Surely be confident
  • Maintain eye contact but do not over stare at panelists
  • Ask relevant and thoughtful questions

Before interview you should:

a.  Research the company

Prior to the interview date research about the company as much as possible. Impress the panel by showing you know the company and potential competitors. It will show you are an asset already. It helps also decide if it’s the right company for you.

b.  Revise your CV!

Know your CV like you live it. If your verbal communication contradicts your CV; credibility and reliability in you will be lost. Know the previous employers and period worked there. Just revise your CV!

c.   Rehearse answering questions

Typical standard interview questions include:

  • Talk about yourself
  • How would you describe your most recent job performance?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • Are you considering other jobs at the moment?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • But why are you searching for a new job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How have you progressed in your current role?
  • What are your background and accomplishments?
  • Do you know anything about our company?
  • How does your background relate to this position?
  • What could you take as your strengths and weaknesses?
d.   On The D- Day

From the company research; you have gathered enough information to question thoughtful and intelligent questions especially on apparent challenges you discover or key success they have. Just recall you are also interviewing the employer if he suits your expectations. Have a shortlist of your questions and any concerns.

A few questions you may ask:

  • Are there progression opportunities?
  • Are there targets
  • Why is this position vacant?
  • What are the job expectations?
  • What is expected of the person in this position?
  • What are the responsibilities in this position?
e.   Dress appropriately

First impression matters. Dress comfortably and smart. Avoid “overdressing”. Too much make up or over tight clothes should be avoided. Have business attire. In a few seconds just impress.

f.   Know the interview venue

Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early and never, ever show up even one minute late.

g.  Shake hands firmly if offered one

Be offered a chair before you sit down. Be upright, a good communicate and listener. Remember you are showing your character of tomorrow. Show interest throughout the process. Put any issues across in a coherent way.

h.  Let the interviewer know you are interested in the job

Don’t be discouraged if no commitment has been made. The panel will probably discuss alone on your attempt for final decision. If you get the impression the interview is not going well keep your cool. Once in a while an interviewer will seem to discourage you as a way of testing your emotions.

i. Always thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration

Just ask for the job if you need it. That is what brought you this far.

j. Follow up the interview with a phone call or a note

Contact the interviewer using the most appropriate platform like a Call or e-mail to let them know it was nice to meet them, thank them for their time, and once again remind the employer that you’re still very interested in the opportunity.

k. Choose right recruitment agency

These days, employers will often use multiple agencies to try and find a new employee. If you are approached by several agencies about the same position, it is worth weighing up which is the better agency to represent you. Does one agency typically handle roles in your field or does it seem to be a “one-off” for the agency? Which agency spends longer talking to you and gives you more detail about the role? Consider which agency has given you a more positive experience.

l. Your last chance

Towards the end of the interview, you have the perfect opportunity to ask if they have any reservations. This will then allow you to overcome any concerns they may have and for you to show that you are keen and interested in progressing to the next stage. If the reservation is surrounding a particular skills gap, and you are not concerned, explain that you will quickly get up to speed and that you don’t foresee there being an issue.

m. Have enough rest the night before

A get enough rest to be fresh for the interview. Eat something to look fresh and alert. Avoid yawning during the interview.

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