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3 Ways To Achieve Phenomenal Success in Job Interview

This post is aimed at all those fresh graduates and students who are about to graduate sooner or later. Quest for a job starts quite early during the final year of the graduation. Many people pour in their advice whether needed or not leading to a lot of dilemmas. You might be fluent with the English language in daily life, however, when it comes to the interview, a lot of goal oriented preparation is essential.

Today we will discuss the three basic tips to be followed while preparing for the interview.

1. Who am I?

This is the first question you need to ask yourself while preparing for the interview. A good self-introspection about your qualities and abilities help you in selling yourself brilliantly. The answer to this question does not come in a satisfactory manner quite easily. Genuinely ask yourself what you are best at. What is it in you that motivates you and at the same time can bring a lot of value to the organization as well? Once you know very clearly what is special about you, practice your pitch, polish it really well and use that in the interview process.

2. Strengths and weaknesses

A detailed analysis of your strengths and weaknesses is a must. Make sure at least you have three to four strengths listed which help in team work and organizing while at work. Have a couple of weaknesses ready along with the steps you took to overcome them in the past. Strengths and weaknesses should be in the present tense. The whole idea is to focus on your strengths and turning your weaknesses into strengths as well.

3. Goals and visions

One very important question most interviewers ask is the long term and the short term goals you have. Have a small list of goals which you want to accomplish in various time frames from 6 months to 5 years or 10 years down the lane. Make sure that your goal is relevant to your field of work and gives scope to your self-improvement and to that of the organization.

These are the initial steps to be taken while preparing for an interview. An in-depth preparation of these questions helps in improving one’s confidence levels. Practice these questions with your peers as well. This helps in getting feedback for improvement.

Article written by Shivi Bhalla from English Wise (General English coaching and IELTS/PTE/OET Coaching)

 

What Employers Want: Interview Tips

Job interviews can be daunting. For many people who have the skills and the knowledge to advance their career, selling themselves in an interview is still a big challenge.

Research suggests that interviewers reach final decisions about applicants on an average of four minutes after meeting them. To succeed in an interview, applicants need to establish a good first impression, demonstrate their abilities and end on a positive note.

Here are some worthwhile tips you can put into practice next time you get that important interview.

Promptness

Arrive fifteen minutes early to your interview. This demonstrates that you take this opportunity seriously and respect the employer. It also gives yourself time to relax, drink some water and mentally revise all of your preparation.

If you are driving to the interview, find the place in an online map and search for nearby parking options.

If you are catching a train or bus, plan your journey ahead of time and allow for delays. Employers want someone trustworthy, with good organisation and time-management skills.

Presentation

While what you say is important, how you are dressed will have a lot of influence over an employer’s first impression of you.

When in doubt of the appropriate dress code, it is best to check with the interviewer. If you are still unsure, remember that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Make sure you have a neat, professional hairstyle, limited jewellery and a solid-colour suit.  For men, find a conservative tie and a moderate amount of aftershave is ideal.

A good way to think about it is that you do not want to be remembered for your attire. If you wear something appropriate, you can ensure that the focus is kept on the content of your answers.  It will also send the message to employers that you will adhere to the dress-code if chosen for the position.

Be Prepared

Being prepared for an interview means researching the company or product beforehand. A good start is checking out the ‘about us’ section of the website. Try to take note of what the business lists as its aims and values. It is also useful to be familiar with its history. If you are asked about your knowledge of the company, this will be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that you have done your homework. Just remember to put the information into your own words and make it sound natural.

You also need to be prepared with answers. Make a list of your strengths and skills. Decide what you are going to say if they ask you where you see yourself in five years.

Make sure you are prepared to answer questions about your previous jobs, particularly why your employment in these positions ended.

Finally, prepare one or two questions to ask your potential employee. At the end of an interview, many employers will ask if you have any questions for them. A good way to demonstrate that you are keen to learn is to ask about the future of the organisation, or ask for more details about something that was discussed earlier in the interview. This will also let the person interviewing you know that you are good at listening.

Confident Mannerisms

In the day leading up to the interview, pay particular attention to your facial expression and eye contact when talking to others.

Practice speaking in a clear and friendly tone. There is a fine line between being assertive and being arrogant.

Your dialogue with a potential employer should be more formal than a conversation with your best friends and family.

Avoid fiddling with your hair or biting your nails during the interview.

It is fairly common knowledge that how you stand, walk and shake hands influences how others perceive you. But as social psychologist Amy Cuddy reveals, these things can also increase affect how you ultimately act in a way that increases your chances of success. Different types of movement can actually lead to hormonal changes in your brain, making you more confident and relaxed.

A Positive Attitude

Tell the interviewer it is great to meet them. Even if you had no knowledge of the employer before finding an ad for a vacant position, word your responses to imply a genuine interest in the business or organisation.

Employers want a pleasant person with a can-do approach to any new task. Make sure you communicate that you are interested in what they do and that you feel your skills will be valuable to them. Frame it around your interest in contributing, rather than being purely about your own career goals.

A final thing to remember is thanking the interviewer for the opportunity before leaving.