The goal of a job interview, from the perspective of an applicant, is a fairly simple one – getting the job. Nevertheless, even though this might seem like a mundane occurrence and even though an average person passes dozens of interviews by the time they are forty, a surprisingly large number of people don’t have the faintest clue about how to prepare for a job interview. The first thing they don’t know is that the key to success lies in proper preparation, so here are several tips to help you out in this regard.
Check the company you’re applying for
The first thing you need to do is make sure that the job you’re applying for is actually worth your time. In other words, making that extra effort is much easier if you’re 100 percent sure that you’ll be a great fit for the target company. On the other hand, it might also be worth your while to go on some interviews you might not want to pass.
Apart from this, knowing a thing or two about the company, like its history or its values, might help you make a good impression in an interview. It’s also smart to read a blog post or two that they’ve uploaded and even make a mention of the topic during an interview. Displaying interest is a primary principle in attracting people, yet, it works surprisingly well with companies and organizations as well. After all, as Robert Brault once said: “Charisma is not just saying hello. It’s dropping what you’re doing to say hello.”
Dress for the job
While they will listen closely to you, your interviewers will also evaluate you based on your appearance. For this to work in your favor, you have to learn how to beam with self-confidence through your non-verbal communication but also employ fashion to be on your side.
In other words, you need to learn how to dress for the interview in question. While this may seem like a straightforward question, there’s a difference in dress code between a formal and a casual interview. Furthermore, male and female attire greatly differ in style, even if a female interviewee opts for a suit in navy, black or dark gray instead of suit skirt. This alone is a topic worth carefully studying.
Preparing for the right channel
As for the interview itself, while the face-to-face form is the traditional one, it isn’t the only type of interview that you might find yourself in. For starters, you could also engage in an interview over the telephone or a Skype conference call. While essentially this doesn’t change much – you still have to answer all the same questions and need to meet certain requirements –, it does change the circumstances of your interview. This kind of alteration can, at times, be incredibly disruptive and is, as such, something you should definitely prepare for. Still, just because you’re meeting via a video call doesn’t mean that the dress code no longer applies.
Study the contract
If you do finally pass all the requirements and qualify for the job, you’ll have to sign a contract. However, before that happens, you will probably be presented with an employment letter which contains the conditional offer from your potential employer. What matters here the most is that you know what to expect from an employment letter, and for that, you might want to do some independent research of your own. The simplest way to do so is to look into some employment letter examples or even download a template so you can study it. In this way, it will be much easier for you to recognize an irregularity if you happen to face one later on.
Prepare for some tough questions
Where you see yourself in five years or why you believe you would be a great fit for the job you’re interviewing for are standard questions that everyone comes prepared for. On the other hand, people avoid preparing for uncomfortable questions, hoping that they won’t be asked, which usually isn’t the case. Having a good reason why you left your previous employer or being able to fill in the gap in your work history are just some of the things that you absolutely have to know the answer to prior to sitting across from the interviewer.
A few additional items
The last thing you need to know is what you should take to the interview. For instance, a bottle of water, a pen, a notepad and a photo ID (so that you can legally prove your identity), are the bare minimum. Aside from this, you should also bring some extra pocket money, seeing as how you never know when you might be forced to call a cab because your car malfunctioned or get an energy bar prior to the interview. Apart from this, it’s worth carrying your academic certificates and CV in a folder even though you might have already sent them via an email.
At the end of the day, while neither of the tips listed above can guarantee that you’ll get a job, with each of these requirements fulfilled, your odds at getting hired slightly increase. In the odds-driven landscape of the present-day job market, this slight boost in the likelihood of a positive outcome can make a world of difference.