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Interview Tips

Here are some successful ways to prepare for an interview and how to get ready

Prepare in advance

In preparation for your interview, it is important to learn about the organization that you are applying for. Research the company to learn when they were founded, what they sell and how they are doing in their marketplace. Any information you can glean about the company will demonstrate how serious you are about the position.

Expect certain questions

A key part of any interview preparation is to anticipate certain questions in advance. Understandably, interviews can be nerve-racking, it is helpful to rehearse standard questions in advance with someone you trust and who is willing to provide constructive feedback. Companies are known to ask both common and behavioral questions, which you must answer according to their expectations. For example, an interviewer might ask, “tell me about yourself.” Discuss why you chose a particular major and college, and then briefly cover past jobs and how you got to where you are today. Keep your response limited to one or two minutes. You can also share examples from volunteer work that you may have done in the past or any other work carried out- in high school, college or university.

Prepare a list of questions

Nothing shows that you are prepared better than coming to an interview prepared with your own questions.  You never know which approach your interviews will take. Some might ask if you have any questions at the beginning of the interview. In this case, as your questions in a logical sequence. Inquire about the nature of projects you would take on and with whom. Ask what criteria would be used to evaluate your performance. Toward the end of the interview, ask if the interviewer has any questions for you, this will help uncover any concerns he or she might have about your experience or background.

Use proper etiquette

Arrive about 15 minutes early for the interview to allow time for parking and finding the office. While waiting for your interviewer, refrain from using your mobile device. Be confident, sit up straight during the interview and maintain eye contact when answering questions or listening to the interviewer. Smile even if you are nervous, as you want to appear approachable. An effective way to build rapport with the interviewer is to use his/her name periodically while responding to questions.

Ask for the job

Be sure to show your interest in the position you are applying for. By asking for the job before leaving the interview, you are reinforcing your interest. Say something such as, “I really want to work for your company as I know I could make an immediate impact in the department of interest. What is the next step of the interview process?” Another way to find out how close you are to getting the job is to enquire about the number of candidates who would be short-listed for a second round of interview.