So you successfully applied for a job and you were among the few who were shortlisted for a job interview, what then? Of course, you’ve got to prepare for the job interview.
To help you ace your interview, here are five things that you have to focus on to make a good impression and increase your chances of getting hired.
1. Look pleasant and well-groomed
Ever heard of the saying “first impression matters”? Well, your physical appearance creates the first impression once you walk into the room. So endeavor to look good and presentable.
Particularly if the job requires meeting a lot of people, you have to give your potential employer the impression that you can be great at meeting with clients even if you haven’t even said a word.
2. Observe and answer questions correctly
Rehearse if you can. Rehearsing in front of a friend or mirror can help you get rid of panic, anxiety and distracting mannerisms that you may have not noticed.
An important part of acing the job interview is to develop a personal pitch. Most interviewers often start with a very generic question that could be answered in a wide variety of ways. Examples will be “why are you here?” or “tell me about yourself?”
This is an opening question that gives the interviewer a sense of who you are within two minutes, and what it is you’re really doing there. When talking about yourself, emphasize your previous work experiences and how they’ve helped you grow as an employee.
Emphasize on aspects of previous work (if you have any) that helped you become a better worker or leader.
3. Research your potential employer
This is often a rookie mistake. It’s common for employers to ask you what you know about the firm and why you want to work there. So make a good impression by researching what the company or firm does and make sure you link or associate your skills and capabilities on what you can do and contribute to the company’s success.
The more you can say about the company and your understanding of their operations, the greater your chances of getting the job.
4. Show confidence
Interviews are a make or break situation and you have to make sure you exude great confidence when you face the interviewer.
At times you may wonder why someone is in that job when you think they are less skilled than you are. Well, being shy and panicking during a job interview doesn’t really convey confidence, does it?
You have to show you’ve got the guts and the confidence to do what they want. In short, Lack of confidence can ruin your chances to get the job you want.
Boost your confidence through preparation and practice so that you will be confident on what to say and you are prepared on whatever questions they may have for you.
5. Follow-up results
After the interview, you must also follow-up results. Experts say you can ask the interviewer when he/she expects to publish the results for the chosen candidate.
This way, you won’t be wasting your time waiting for something that will not come, and you can also use your time to focus on or grab other opportunities that come your way, in case you were not offered the job.