Top 6 tips for job interview

by Alina Gazarova on October 10, 2016

  1. Tip 1: Do your homework You’ll likely be asked difficult questions during the interview. Preparing the list of likely questions in advance will help you easily transition from question to question. Spend time researching the company. Look at its site to understand its mission statement, product offerings, and management team. A few hours spent researching before your interview can impress the hiring manager greatly. Read the company’s annual report (often posted on the site), review the employee’s LinkedIn profiles, and search the company on Google News, to see if they’ve been mentioned in the media lately. The more you know about a company, the more you’ll know how you’ll fit in to it.
  2. Tip 2: First impressions When meeting someone for the first time, we instantaneously make our minds about various aspects of their personality. Prepare and plan that first impression long before you walk in the door. Continue that excellent impression in the days following, and that job could be yours. Therefore: • Never arrive late. • Use positive body language and turn on your charm right from the start. • Switch off your mobile before you step into the room. • Look fabulous; dress sharp and make sure you look your best. • Start the interview with a handshake; give a nice firm press and then some up and down movement. • Determine to establish a rapport with the interviewer right from the start. • Always let the interviewer finish speaking before giving your response. • Express yourself fluently with clarity and precision.
  3. Tip 3: The “Hidden” Job Market Many of us don’t recognize that hidden job market is a huge one and accounts for 2/3 of total job demand from enterprises. This means that if you know how to exploit a hidden job market, you can increase your chance of getting the job up to 300%. In this section, the author shares his experience and useful tips to exploit hidden job market. Here are some sources to get penetrating into a hidden job market: Friends; Family; Ex-coworkers; Referral; HR communities; Field communities; Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter…; Last recruitment ads from recruiters; HR emails of potential recruiters…
  4. Tip 4: Do-It-Yourself Interviewing Practice There are a number of ways to prepare for an interview at home without the help of a professional career counselor or coach or a fee-based service. You can practice interviews all by yourself or recruit friends and family to assist you.
  5. Tip 5: Ask questions Do not leave the interview without ensuring that you know all that you want to know about the position. Once the interview is over, your chance to have important questions answered has ended. Asking questions also can show that you are interested in the job. Be specific with your questions. Ask about the company and the industry. Avoid asking personal questions of the interviewer and avoid asking questions pertaining to politics, religion and the like.
  6. Tip 6: Follow up and send a thank-you note Following up after an interview can help you make a lasting impression and set you apart from the crowd. Philip Farina, CPP, a security career expert at Manta Security Management Recruiters, says: “Send both an email as well as a hard-copy thank-you note, expressing excitement, qualifications and further interest in the position. Invite the hiring manager to contact you for additional information. This is also an excellent time to send a strategic follow-up letter of interest.”

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