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Tips That May Help You Prepare For A Job Interview

Updated on April 15, 2014

If you think that preparing for a job interview can be stressful, you may be wrong because you may perhaps not be aware of the right steps for preparing for an interview. If you learn these steps and take them appropriately, you are certain to create a very good impression on your interviewers and land in the job you are aiming at.

Preparation For An Interview Starts With Analysis Of The Job

You must go through the job description to know what the employers are looking for in the candidates. This means that you should know the skills they are looking for, the knowledge level they seek, the personal traits that may be useful for the job, etc. Another purpose of analyzing the job is that you will be able to know if you are a good fit for the job. You can check if your skills, educational qualifications, experiences, etc. are suitable for the job.

Be Thorough With What You Have Written In Your Resume

You must bear in mind that the interviewer has all your details because your resume may be with him or her. Therefore, there are chances you may face questions about what you have written in your resume. If your answers do not match with your resume, you may lose your credibility. Further, if you are thorough with your resume, you can easily provide the interviewer with the details of your qualifications, your experiences in the previous jobs, etc.

Anticipate The Interview Questions

There are chances you may face job-specific interview questions. Therefore, you should gather as much information about the company as possible. This is very important because this will help you answer job-specific questions. This will help you get clarifications, if any, you may need from the interviewer also. Further, the very fact that you have done a good amount of homework about the company may impress the interviewer.

Practice Your Answers

Having a fair idea about the anticipated interview questions will help you practice your answers. Though you cannot be certain that the interviewer will ask only those questions, practicing and preparing the answers will help you develop new insights and these new ideas will be of immense use for answering unexpected questions also. Further, practicing your answers will increase your self-confidence and therefore, you will not panic if you are confronted with a volley of unexpected questions.

While answering questions, you should have concrete examples to prove your skills. If you do not have any, you need not worry. But, never, never bluff because the interviewer may very soon find out that you are bluffing. This means that you should be yourself and should not pretend that you possess those skills that you do not have. If you sincerely accept the facts, your sincerity will be noticed by the interviewing officer.

Interview Etiquette

As you practice answers to the interview questions, you should practice interview etiquette also. Greeting the receptionist, the interviewer and others and speaking politely and enthusiastically are part of the interview etiquette.

Getting Ready For The Interview

You should not postpone the necessary preparations for the interview till the last moment. You can keep the interview clothes and the interview kit ready the previous day itself so that you can start with a relaxed mood. You should choose your interview clothes depending upon the culture of the company and the venue of the interview. The clothes you wear should create a good impression about you. Your interview kit should be in the form of a portfolio that should contain a few copies of your resume, copies of your certifications including experience certificates, a pen and a notepad.

Body Language During The Interview

Your body language should also impress the interviewers. You should exhibit your enthusiasm and self-confidence by shaking hands firmly and making eye contacts with the interviewer.

Slumping in the chair may show that you are very much casual. At the same time, you need not sit stiff also. You can lean forward to a little extent and show that you are interested in the interview process. If you make eye contacts with the interviewer and pay attention to what he or she utters, you may be able to create a positive impression.

In fact, there cannot be a better time to create a good impression than during the interview. It is during the interview that you can build a good rapport with the interviewer also. If you show your exuberance by shaking hands firmly, by making eye contacts and by handling questions confidently, you are certain to build a good rapport with the interviewer. This will help you get clarifications you may need from the interviewer.

Follow-up

After a day after the interview, you should send a thank-you note to the interviewer. You should not forget to reiterate in the note that you are interested in the job.

If you use these steps and prepare well for the interview, you are certain to land in the job you are aspiring for.

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