Interview Tips for Before and on the Day of Interview.

Posted by | January 12, 2021 | Career coaching

An interview is essentially a structured conversation where one participant asks questions, and the other provides answers. In common parlance, the word “interview” refers to a one-on-one conversation between an interviewer and an interviewee. Here are some tips on the do’s and dont’s you need to know about before your schedule interview and during the interview.

Knowing Answers to Standard Job Interview Questions

Before you go for any job interview, do some research about the company. Research about how the company started, the founder and CEO, know about them what they do, what’s their mission, vision and objectives. What are they into, what kind of product do they produce. What is their target market and the best strategy the company employs.

A company wants to hire someone that has some information about the companies and the values the uphold. Making out time to research on the company may give you an edge. Assuming you are asked in the interview “what do you know about our company” and “why do you want to work here”. The formal knowledge acquired through research will be useful in answering the questions to the satisfaction of the interview. Hence, don’t ever make the mistake of going for an interview without knowing one or two things about the company.

Don’t be Late for the Interview

No matter how far or near, don’t ever be late for an interview. Always make sure to arrive at an interview venue at least 20-25 minutes before the interview. If possible, do a test run at the approximate time you are supposed to be there, and plan your departure and arrival for the interview accordingly. Put into consideration all the obstacles and delays you might encounter on your way to the interview and plan accordingly.

Being late for an interview will make you a little bit nervous and this can put you under unnecessary pressure. Getting to the interview venue at least 20 minutes will give you time to organize yourself before the interview commence.

Recruiters unanimously agree that being late for an interview can be costly. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, find an unobtrusive place to hang out until you can officially arrive 5 or 10 minutes before the scheduled interview. Observe what is happening while you wait to learn more about the employer and, perhaps, have additional questions to ask.

Dress Neat with Nice Color Combinations

There is a saying that, “you are addressed the way you dress”. That saying also apply in interviews. Make sure to dress nice to interviews and avoid color riot. Your dress to interview should not contain more than 3-color from head-to-toe. Combinations of white top, navy blue trouser, black belt and black shoes for example are nice color for any interview.

Don’t Criticize Your Previous Employer

If you have any, no matter how bad the situation may be with your boss in your previous employment, don’t ever bad talk the company you’re trying to leave or one you’ve worked for in the past. Speaking I’ll of your former employer may put off the hiring manager and he/she might start having doubt about you and perceive you as a negative person. This can injure your chances of getting hired by the company.

Set Yourself Up to Succeed on Social Media

Social media platforms is one of the avenue company use to assess their prospective employees. Make sure you set yourself to succeed on social media. Your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google + and other social media platforms should be set up nicely and professionally to attract employers.

Don’t pose a Negative Body Language

One of the mistake you can do before an interview is to be too arrogant and too shy. Many applicant going for interview start failing as soon as they step their foot on the company premises. Some underestimate the power of the gatekeeper and just work through without even saying hi. Don’t maintain a long time eye contact with your interviewer, the same goes for anyone you meet in the company.

Ask Questions,  but don’t Ask at the Wrong Time

One of the advice given by many interview experts that many employer’s take no question from prospective employee in an interview, as no interest. Interviewers expects interviewee. Ask questions appropriately and at the right time, but avoid questions that make employers have a wrong perceptions about you. Questions that are to center on benefits will indicate that you are only interested in specific personal benefits rather than the job.


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