What is an interview for a job? A job interview is a conversation which occurs between a potential employer and a job applicant. During the job interview, the employer has the opportunity to appraise the applicant’s qualifications, appearance and general fitness for the job opening.
Steps to prepare for a Job Interview
Be on Time (Punctuality)
Be on time for the interview. At least half an hour before and take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. This will help you to get some time to for more preparing for an interview.
Original Academic certificates are Important.
All applicants are supposed to come with their original academic certificates once they have called for an Interview. Example Ph.D., Masters, Degree, Advance Diploma, Diploma, Certificate Level, ACSEE, CSEE and Other Certificates from Professionals bodies.
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company or institution when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company/institution is looking for. Here’s how to make a match between your expertise and the company’s requirements
Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the institution, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also, take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up.
You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, historical, educational and professional background as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
Avoid Interview Mistakes
What shouldn’t you do when interviewing? Check out the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make. Then take the time to prepare before your interview, so you don’t have to stress afterwards.
Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your frazzled nerves because you won’t be scrambling for an answer while you are in the interview hot seat. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you’re actually in a job interview.
Prepare for a Phone Interview
While you are actively job searching, it’s important to be prepared for a phone interview at a moment’s notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk. Review these tips for advice on how to pull off your phone interview without delay.
Here is information on how to dress for an interview including advice on what and what not to wear on a job interview, appropriate interview attire, and how to impress a prospective employer or interview panel member.
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why it is always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
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