Facing a job interview is a nerve-wracking experience for many. It is even tougher for recent college graduates who have never given any job interview before. Most college graduates feel scared thinking there will be many candidates just like them appearing for the same interview. While you can’t do anything about the competition, you can definitely do something about leaving a lasting impression on the interviewers.
The best way to ace your job interview is by being completely prepared to face it. To help you with that, we have compiled a few tips that will help you land your next job. Read these tips and go nail the interview:
- Study the company
The most important step for preparing for the interview is to study and research about the company thoroughly. This step is also easy given the fact that all the information nowadays is readily available on the official company website and various other resources on the Internet. Make notes about the company founders, history, mission statement, and vision. This will boost your confidence and give you ample material to talk about during the interview. Moreover, it will show the interviewer that you have done your homework well and are genuinely interested in the opportunity.
- Study the job description
Job interviews are all about selling your skills to the employer. However, the important thing is to sell those skills that are required by the interviewer. Therefore, read the job description carefully to identify at least top three skills that the employer is looking for in a candidate. Next, figure out how you will justify the employer that you possess these necessary skills.
- Prepare for typical questions
While it is impossible to figure out precisely what all questions the interviewer will ask, it is indeed possible to anticipate and prepare some commonly asked interview questions. There are various good online resources available on the Internet. You can ask your working friends or relatives to help you understand how to prepare answers to some of the questions and what is desirable for the employers.
- Body language and dressing up
Dressing up appropriately and maintaining a positive body language plays an important role in creating a good impression on the interviewer. Therefore, make sure that you look your best and conduct yourself in a professional manner right from the time you enter the interview venue until the time you walk out. To avoid last minute trouble, make sure you have everything ready a day before the interview right from your clothes, shoes, and accessories to your documents.
- Close the interview properly
What sets a job candidate apart from the rest is the way s/he closes the interview. Closing the interview on the right note is an art which involves leaving an impression on the interviewer that lasts long. Ask the interviewer if s/he has any more questions for you. Thank him/her for taking an interest in your profile, reiterate why you think you are a good fit for the position and that you look forward to hearing from him/her soon. Lastly, don’t forget to send a follow-up mail after the interview is done.
It is highly unlikely that the interviewer will receive only your job application. Employers receive numerous applications for each job vacancy, making the competition stiff. Follow the tips shared above to make sure that you stand out and leave a lasting impression at every step of the interview process.
All the best!
Megha Raizada is a professional writer working with the premium job portal Naukrigulf.com. She has a keen interest in the global job market but also loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. You can reach her at Twitter and Google+.
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