1. Conduct Adequate Research
Research the company’s background and profile. It will be quite unfortunate for you to attend an interview for a company you know so little about. Start by looking at their goals, missions and plans. You can gather information from their website, annual report, business magazines and articles. This will make you look like a good investment to the company. It is also advisable for you to learn the names of the interviewers and what positions they hold. You can call the company days before the interview to find out.
2. Anticipate a Variety of Questions
One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is by anticipating some of the questions you are likely to be asked. This will enable you to come up with well-thought and organized answers. Some of the questions likely to be asked are:
· Why should we hire you for this position?
· What are some of your strengths and weakness?
· Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
· Tell us a bit about yourself?
· Why did you leave your last job?
The following tips should help you answer the potential interview questions appropriately:
· Look back at your work experiences, volunteer activities and education to answer why you should be hired.
· Think of situations that bring out your strengths and abilities. When asked about your weaknesses, talk of something that you have managed to work around. For instance you can say that “Naturally I am not an organized thinker but I am definitely more organized on space and paper. “
· Be ready to think about your past challenges and how you overcame them.
· Make a list of your achievements to use as reference during the interview.
3. Dress for Success
What you wear speaks volumes about who you are. You should dress for the interview just like how you would for the job itself. For instance if the job is casual, go for a business-casual dressing mode. Choose colors that are subdued such as brown, grey, black and blue. Avoid wearing too much perfume and jewelry. Make-up should also be toned down. If you are unsure on how to dress you can ask the HR rep days before the interview.
4. Be Punctual
Arrive 10-30 minutes earlier just to be on the safe side. Find out the location of the interview and how long it will take you to get there a day or two before the interview. If you are taking a bus, confirm how it operates. Always have a back-up plan in mind.
5. Be Honest
Interview training emphasizes the importance of being honest during your interview. Don’t lie and exaggerate accomplishments in a bid to look like the most accomplished. Most companies conduct background checks hence lying about your experience will give you a bad name.
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