They Say That You Have Only One Chance To Make A Good First Impression And Land A Job.
The purpose of the Interview is to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the position. The interviewer may be asking the questions, but it is you who is setting the tone and establishing the relationship that will lead to your success. It takes practice and preparation to perform well in an interview. Below are some of most important pointers on effective interviewing:
Before The Interview
Research the Company
- Know what products or services the employer produces or performs.
- While going through the employer’s web site, make sure to read their annual report.
- Find out about the employer’s customer base, industry ranking and reputation.
- Research the employer’s competitors. What are they doing in the field?
Research the Position
- Read the job description, if it is available. Sometimes job descriptions write about the ideal candidate’s skills. Do not be discouraged if you do not have capabilities in every area, but think about your transferable skills or experiences.
- Know as much about the position as possible and the work environment. Do you have proper experience for the job? Is the location acceptable?
Keep Calm through Preparation
First Impression Matters
- Be Prepared. Make sure you have extra copies of your resume and reference information.
- arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time. Remember good manners never go out of style. Be pleasant and polite to everyone you see.
- Be sure you are familiar with the pronunciation of the interviewer’s name. Do not use first names unless you are invited to do so.
- Smile and introduce yourself to the receptionist. Stand up when the interviewer comes to greet you. Smile and show enthusiasm. Establish good eye contact and greet the interviewer with a firm handshake.
- Demonstrate confidence, courtesy and professionalism
- Be your authentic self
- Keep your focus on how you can contribute to the company rather than on how the company can serve you.
- Listen well!