So you’ve landed a job interview? Congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare. With so much competition for jobs today, the interview is more important than ever. This crucial face-to-face meeting is your chance to “sell” a prospective employer on hiring you.
|Basics of Interview Preparation:
- Do your Homework! – The most important thing after getting your interview call is to immediately learn about that company. What it is about, what services/products it sells, where is it located, does it have a website etc. Learning this information will help you gain a lot of points when you sit through your interview.
- Plan your Route – The worst impression you can give your potential employer is to get their late cause you didn’t know where the interview location is. Not only this but guess what you don’t even have the details of the person whom you are supposed to give your interview to his cell number or contact information so you are not even able to inform him that you will be late. Careful planning a night before can help you become a little prepared. Visit the web check out the company website for directions etc.
- Rehearse Yourself – Most of us have given so many interviews that we don’t even bother to prepare for it. We know what we have to say and we improvise. This is where we continue to lack and we continue to blame our luck! Preparing for your answers to the questions that you think are always asked or preparing to explain with examples to the interviewers questions need practice. Therefore take time and go over your resume, list down some common questions and build your answers accordingly.
- Necessary Documentation – Arriving at the Interview and not being able to provide some basic documents as required can cause a doubt on your preparation for a professional career. Not carrying a copy of your own resume or not providing your CNIC at the reception all shows your carelessness. So ensure that you have a copy of all the documentation submitted and required.
- Dress for Success – Wearing a tie for an interview can never go wrong no matter what kind of interview position it is. Dressing casually, wearing sneakers/joggers or sandals, jeans, t-shirts gives a very unprofessional attitude. Make a good impression and dress in neat clean and pressed, professional clothes as you never know this might be the most important part of your interview assessment.
- Why Me? – Like you many other candidates who will be at the job interview will try their level best that they should be shortlisted. So what can make you take an edge over them? Selling…. yes creating a sales pitch to sell yourself to the Interviewer will help increase your chances of getting selected. What all includes in the Sales Pitch? Most importantly why they should select you? what strengths or experiences you bring to the company? how have you handled certain situations? etc.
|Most Common Interview Questions & Answers
- Tell me about yourself? – The interviewer it only interested in knowing about your interests related to your job and what makes you a great candidate.
- What are your Strengths & Weaknesses? – Defining your Strengths related to professional life and disclosing weakness which you have overcome already.
- Give us an example of when you overcame a problem or how you had approached a problem? – Giving an example of how you overcame a people problem at work will definitely increase your chances of qualifying.
- What are your Salary requirements? – Employers pose this question to understand your realistic expectations of salary, its a test of your flexibility. Avoid this question in the first interview rather leave it to discussion once they are seriously considering you.
- Why should I hire you? – If the interviewer is still not convinced with your answers to the above question then this question is posed to you. Reiterate to them that you are 100% committed to taking up the new role and how you see yourself as the ideal candidate and how the company will benefit from you.
We wish you the best of Luck!.