You already know that searching for a new job is not a walk in the park. It entails putting in long hours of job search, sharing your well-written resume, optimizing your linked in profile and smart networking. After doing all that, you are lucky to receive a call from the hiring manager informing you that you have been selected for the next phase of the job selection. The interview. 

Interviews are intimidating as you have to take time to thoughtfully consider your goals and qualifications and how they are relevant to the position and the employer. Luckily, nowadays there are numerous blogs, vlogs and journals you can read and listen to in order to prepare yourself for your interview. This is just but one of them. 

Therefore, there are several tips you can embrace as you prepare to impress hiring managers and prove that you are the best fit for the position. Let’s begin by listing some of them: 

  1. Carefully examine the job description.   
  2. Find out more information about the hiring company. 
  3. Talk to the mirror
  4. Dress to make the best impressions.   
  5. Know the Interviewer’s name and location 
  6. Thank the hiring manager.  

Carefully Examine The Job Description  

Congratulations on nailing the interview. The only thing standing between you and your dream job is the job descriptions. 

While preparing for the interview, you have to remember that interviewers will be looking at how you align your qualifications with the skillsets required for the job. This calls for emotional intelligence to know what to say, when to say and how to tie that to the overall organizational goals. 

 It is therefore very important that during your interview preparation, you review the Job description to be aware of skills required, the department you will be working under and foresight on the likely questions to be asked throughout the interview. 

Which among your skills do you think is most suited for your role as a salesperson? 

Find Out More Information About The Hiring Company 

A job seeker should be able to confidently say they are a good fit for a company’s culture. As a job seeker, it is an uphill task to explain if you are a good culture fit for an organization if you know little to nothing about the company. 

Through this initial research, you will also get to know about the company history and past achievements hence strategically positioning yourself to have a bigger impact when it comes to explaining the question ‘What difference will you create for us?’ 

For more senior roles, it is important that you know the company’s structure, competitors and how the company fairs alongside its competitors. 

Talk To The Mirror 

While this may sound like you are a loner, it should just be a way of you ensuring you put your best foot forward. Perhaps you are alone in the house on the morning of the interview, what do you do? 

Take some time to practice and answer interview questions you are likely to be asked. What a better way to do it other than in the mirror? Go ahead and imagine a scenario where you are both an interviewer and the interviewee. Exchange places in the interview monologue where at one point you ask yourself and at another point, you answer self.  This will help you to relax and reduce the anxiety that comes with interviews.  

Remember to test your mirror practice with friends, colleagues, or family members ahead of time. They will give you a slight clue and better reactions to how your performance could go and where you may need to do some adjustments. 

Dress To Make Best Impressions 

While preparing for your interview, you found out that the company’s employees dress in suits 5 times a week and then they do smart casuals on weekends. If your interview is scheduled on a day when everyone dresses in a suit, it would show that you are a perfect culture fit by dressing in similar attire. 

Selecting your attire for the interview is the final icing on the cake. It is that final effort that pulls your efforts together. Therefore, dress how you want to be addressed. Choose clothes that make you comfortable and this ranges from not being too revealing, wrinkle-free and accommodating the climate. 

While it may just be hot, sweating in an interview room could be taken as a sign of nervousness and hence reduce your chances of being picked for the job. Therefore, avoid a last-minute rush and always have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times. 

Know The Interviewer’s Name And Location 

If you’re interviewing in person, it’s important to know ahead of time where you need to go for your job interview. That way, you’ll avoid running late for the interview.  

While you want to confirm the details of the interview questions, avoid asking questions that can easily be answered through a quick online search. Use Google Maps or a similar app to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going.   

It is also important to know the name of who will be interviewing you and her job title before the meeting. This is especially important if more than one person will interview you at individual times or if a panel interview is conducted. Write down the names and title of each prospective interviewer 

Thank The Hiring Manager  

You finished your interview and went home excited but remember to do a thank you letter. The thank-you letter is a perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that your interviewer neglected to ask or one they felt you did not answer to satisfaction. 

Now that you know how to prepare for a job interview, visit our website and meet interview coaching specialists who will advise you on matters cv writing and presentation. While at it, take a look at the job opportunities section and grab an opportunity for yourself. 

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