This is a Guest Post by the team at the Clam Clinic.
Being ready for a job interview is not an easy task. A lot of motivation and clearing of the mind should be done in order for you to answer all of the questions that are going to be thrown back at you. Some people tend to loosen up or release their anxiety by having simple exercises at home before going to the company they applied to. Others just talk to their co-interviewees before their names are called. But what should an applicant be thinking and doing before given a chance to be on the hot seat? Here are some pointers to prepare for that big day.
1. Rehearse what you are supposed to say or respond. Practice helps a lot. You’ll be more comfortable knowing that you’ve gone through the basic statements and questions. Make sure that you highlight your skills needed for the job. Give out certain proofs as to why you should be hired by them. You may as well be ready with some information you might want to ask the employer.
2. Research about the company. This will help you win them over. You can also ask for the interviewer’s name, and use it during the conversation. Tell them what you know about their organization so that they would sense your eagerness for the job. You will come across as someone who is responsible and initiative, nice qualities for an employee.
3. Get ready with the appropriate attire. You have to look and smell good. If look presentable, corporate and neat, you got yourself some plus points. Bring with you a nice portfolio with copies of your resumes. Don’t forget to carry with you a pen and paper in case of note taking.
4. Arrive on time for the interview, which means that you have to be present ten minutes or earlier before the schedule. Before the interview, you can visit or drive to the location itself to get a feel of the place and to know how long it will take you to get there.
5. Staying calm and relaxed is a very important key to have a successful job interview. Take time to think things over. Make sure to have an eye-to-eye contact with the employer. This will build sincerity as well as rapport between the two of you. Listen to the entire question before answering it. It will give you ample time to come up with an effective and correct response. Always pay attention to what is being asked of you. You don’t want to feel embarrassed if you failed to say something. Do not stutter and get tongue-tied during the dialogue. It would show that you are pretty unsure of what you’re saying.
Bustling to a job interview and moving ahead with it is just a breeze. You just have to be physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for it. And always remember that being your honest self is the most essential tip of all. So, go ahead and land that job!