Job interviews can be stressful, and nerve-wracking. Here are some tips on how to nail you job interview:
1. Know Before You Go
Before going to your interview, research, research, and research. Read everything there is to know about the company you are applying for, from their website onto their social media pages & word of mouth. It would definitely impress your potential employer that you present him/her with a well rounded research & solid knowledge bites about the company. Know their story, their vision, and even their latest actions in the market. This way you will certainly stand out from others.
2. Position Qualifications Vs. Your Qualifications
Have a look at the position qualifications. What does it take for anyone to fill in this position? Then look at your own qualifications. Are they compatible? Do you notice that you have a qualification missing? If you do, then be prepared to tell the interviewee how you could compensate for that. Maybe you have another qualification, or a hidden talent that would make up for the missing requirement.
3. Have Responses Ready
There are a couple of mainstream questions that interviewers ask all the time. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you want to work here? Why are you fit for this position? What are your hobbies? So, know what answers you will be giving at least one day before the interview.
4. Dress To Impress
While we know that you’re going to a job interview and not a fashion show, but your first impression will be your physical appearance. Dress formally, and appropriately. You need to end up having a neat, clean, and professional look. Make sure you’re comfortable with your chosen outfit- then smile, sit up straight and speak away!
5. Don’t Go Empty Handed
Always take your CV with you, and take it in multiple copies. Also, have a good-looking binder with scratch paper in case you need to take notes. Finally, have your references with you. Some employers require you to have some references. Make sure you have these prepared one night before, to lessen the stress you have on the day of the interview.
6. Interview Etiquette
Your body language and facial expressions do make a difference. Plan to arrive 10 minutes earlier; you never know what will happen with you on the way. You never want to arrive late. Once you arrive, greet the receptionist, and be nice. Stand up/ sit down with your back up straight, because a slouch can say a lot. Keep a smile, and positive attitude with whomever you communicate with. Finally, always keep good eye contact in mind.
Good luck from your Pom-Team!
Marketing & Sales Executive - Social Unicorn