Success in your next interview depends on adhering to certain principles and rules. To land the job, you will need more than academic qualifications and a strong resume – that may have been enough to get your foot in the door, but you will still need to prove yourself in the interview. Here are some powerful and effective interview advice and tips for you to get that extra edge over others competing for the same job opening.
Prepare answers: Mentally prepare the answers to the questions you are most likely to be asked. These include answers to questions about your strengths and weakness, previous job experience, and knowledge about the company. A good amount of research and gathering information about the organization and the job will help you frame solid answers.
Practice: Prior to the interview, always practice. If possible, ask a close friend to run through the questions with you. Practicing will soothe your nerves and give you the confidence needed to stay on eye level with the interviewer, thus making a good impression.
Dress formally: Do not wear informal or flashy clothes that will only leave a bad impression on the interviewer. Dress in professional attire, so as to create a good impression even before the conversation begins. If you aren't sure what to wear, you can wear a suit or ask for information from the person coordinating your interview.
Be punctual: Arrive at the interview location with plenty of extra time, but wait until 10-15 minutes before the start time prior to checking in. This will give you time to relax and settle down. If you find that sitting and waiting make you nervous, start a conversation.
Relax: During the interview, do not panic. Try to stay calm and composed, even when you are asked challenging questions. If you feel nervous during the interview, take a slow, deep breath. Try sitting up straighter in your chair, and give your shoulders a backwards roll or two (just keep it subtle so that the interviewer doesn't notice).
Be specific: Try to relate your accomplishments and achievements to the work of the company. Show the interviewer how you will be an asset if you are hired. Avoid excessive length in your responses. Just hit the high points and move on. Your ability to communicate clearly will be judged by the answers you provide.
Correct posture: Keep your body posture straight and correct, within reason. Do not reach the point where you feel physical discomfort.
Thank-you letter: Send a thank-you letter to all of the people who interviewed you, as this will make them recognize your interest in the position.
The interview advice and tips given above will not only help you make a strong first impression, but can also help you land the job truly deserve.
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