"Hi, please do come down for an interview.” What a piece of happy news that you finally have a chance to shine and impress your future employers. However, joy aside, it’s time to get serious to prepare and score at the job interview. A little preparation can go a long way for such a crucial face-to-face meeting.

 

Research On The Company

Research, research, research. Always do your homework beforehand and find out as much as you can about the company and the job you are applying for. Visit their website, follow their social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and do simple Google searches to see any news or information that pops out. Look into their future goals and plans and be prepared to talk in depth about the company and the job with your interviewer. This shows your enthusiasm for the job position, which is a vital factor. Having zero knowledge about the business is a big no-no and leaves a bad impression of you to the interviewers.

Good Planning

Being late is another scenario where your marks will get deducted. Carefully plan your route to the company. Do not sabotage your chances before you even arrive. Figure out how long the trip is either by car or public transport. Find out where to park once you arrive at the company and always have the contact details of the person you are meeting with should any problems crop up.

Punctuality

Arriving too early is better than being late. Reach at least 15 minutes before the interview, to give you some time to rest and compose yourself. It is bad to look all hurried, flustered, and to enter the meeting room with a sweaty shirt.

Prepare By Rehearsing

Rehearse beforehand. Review classic interview questions and prepare intelligent answers for them. You can conduct a mock interview with your friends so as to have a feel on how you will perform at the interview on the day itself.

Dress Professionally and Conservatively

As a rule of the thumb, it is important to dress professionally for the interview. Your attire determines how much your interviewer should take you seriously. Dress conservatively and your clothing should be neat and well-pressed. Be well groomed with clean nails and keep any facial hair neatly trimmed. Keep any tattoos under wraps and remove any facial piercings. Ladies, this is not a party or a date, so do tone down the accessories and makeup.

Feel free to call up a Human Resource representative or your interview liaison to ask about the attire for the interview. There is no shame in it. It is better to clarify than to get there under-dressed.

Have All The Necessary Documents

Bring along all the necessary documentation for your interviewer, such as your resume, portfolio, Identification Card (IC) and a recent photograph etc. If they require other documents which you have not brought along, get back to them as soon as possible.

Before The Interview

Once you have reached the company, visit the restroom to tidy yourself up. Wipe off any perspiration and ensure you look neat and proper. Ladies, you can touch up your makeup for a more polished look. While waiting for your turn, remember to switch off your mobile phone to prevent any interruptions during the interview.

Before you enter the meeting room to proceed with your interview, take 2 or 3 deep breaths to calm your nerves.

Have Good Manners

Be personable and show courtesy to everyone during the interview, from the reception staff to the interviewers. Look everyone in the eye, to telegraph alertness, and smile radiantly. You can only make a first impression once.

Sell Yourself

The period of time when you are interviewed is a golden opportunity to get on your prospective employer’s good side! Gather all your strengths, experiences and distinct differences to set you apart from other job seekers and sell yourself. Be confident and talk audibly with precise enunciation. Share with the interviewers how you can meet their needs and help contribute to their company for greater success.

Ask Intelligent Questions

No one is impressed by a candidate who sits and nods in silence. Participate actively during the interview. Ask your interviewers at least 3 thought provoking questions. You should ask questions that reflect your interest in your future prospects in the company. To show that you are paying attention, instead of just answering ‘Sure!’ to prove your enthusiasm, ask your interviewers for more details. It is okay to admit that you do not know something. Tell them that you will get back to them about it soon.

Follow-up Is Important

Do not forget to follow up with the company at an appropriate time. Restate your interest in the job position and if there is no reply after one week, call them up and politely ask when they will be making a decision.

 

Thorough preparation is a prerequisite to success in any interview, so do it right. Good luck and may you land the job of your dreams.

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