Tips To Prepare For a Job Interview

Preparing for job interview must be taken seriously, as there is fierce competition, especially during the times when economy is not doing so well. Keep in mind that in the competitive business world, there are hundreds of highly qualified professionals seeking jobs, and it is essential to make yourself stand out. Doing your homework is one of the most important aspect of preparing for a job interview. To prepare for the job interview, practice answering to the typical job interview questions most employers ask.

While talking to the interviewer, it gives a competitive edge if you show a certain level of familiarity with the company. Visit company’s website, and obtain additional data by going through the annual report. Take some time to analyze how you want to project yourself to the interview panel because everything you do or say makes an impression, good or bad. Keep in mind that in many ways, interview is a sales pitch, so you need to market yourself, but make sure that it does not look over-practiced or selling.

In some interviews, candidates are asked to give an impromptu presentation, recite a poem or solve a case study. This enables interviewers to judge the reaction of the candidate under unexpected and stressful situation, hence make sure that you stay calm and positive, and think logically. Choose the interview attire carefully, and make sure that you dress soberly and neatly. A day before interview, gather all your material and required documents, and keep them in a file.

Just a day before the interview, confirm the time and venue, have a good night sleep and relax. Try to arrive the interview venue at least 15 minutes in advance so that you get some time to catch your breath, and feel comfortable. For first few interviews as a fresher, background is important as it will give interviewer idea about you. Interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, and at this stage, do not say “NO” as this will indicate that you are not interested in the company or the job.

Sometimes during the practice, people tend to avoid the tricky questions just to avoid the issue and hope that those questions will not come up, but best defense against difficult questions is preparation.