Practical Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

A popular saying is ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’.

Lest start with this scenario;

After an interview, I met with Mr. John (the interviewer) and asked about Mr. Sam (interviewee)

Question: How were the interviews? What about the guy I referred Mr. Sam?

1st Scenario

Answer: Who’s Sam? I don’t remember. There were plenty of guys. I will check and let you know

2nd Scenario

Answer: Oh Sam, yes he is a nice guy, he knows the job very well. I was really impressed by how he explained the system integration model that saved USD 100,000 in one month, and I believe Smith will also like that guy. I just referred Mr. Sam to Smith for the 2nd interview.

How to prepare for an interview (Small)

What is the difference between both cases?

The answer is simply the ‘IMPACT’ that Mr. Sam has created in the interview to stand out.

Let’s discuss some tips on how to create an impact in a job interview

1. Read the job description carefully (Look for some unwritten requirements in Job Ad too) 

Carefully read the job description. List down the requirements;
– Skills they are looking for
– Job requirements
– Certification
– Computer Skills and s on
There are always some unwritten requirements in a job ad, include them in your speech. You must be able to back up your claims on your resume and should be able to respond to questions in depth. Further demonstrating that your qualifications and experiences fit the requirements of your desired job

2. Study the organization

There are many ways through you can develop an understanding of the company
Visiting website – nature of the operation, products they sell, projects they have already completed, vision/mission of the organization, management hierarchy and a lot of other information.
Social Media (LinkedIn) – LinkedIn or other social media profiles of the employee of this organization can give you a better understanding. 

  • What the company is doing?
  • What is the job description of the employees?
  • What is the job description of people in the department you are applying for a job?
  • What could be their operation and how would be running their office?

3. Study the people on LinkedIn and other social media

More info you can get through LinkedIn and social media. Each employee will have a kind of unique profile where you can get;
Connect with them, get to know more about the company and its operations (common friends can help you to communicate)
Use the company’s LinkedIn profiles page to learn more about company employees, employers and capitalize on your connections through recommendations and referrals.

4. Identify common problems that an organization may have

Every employer has to go through some “Business Pain” that he has to suffer in his daily routine when their financial accounting system doesn’t run properly.
If a company is advertising a job then definitely there is a purpose behind it. As an aspiring candidate, you need to identify those problems, create some stories, give a solution to get an edge over other candidates.

5. Understand the economic conditions and Government policies relevant to the organization

Consumer behavior, interest rates, banking, and other recent tax updates are the common economic factors that affect business.
Most of the candidates would be revolving around a typical speech but what if you say like;
I was studying the economic survey and Tax Journal and found out that your organization should not make such mistakes that may lead to tax penalty and severe government action.
The more you are updated on economic conditions the better you can create a positive and impressive impact in an interview.

6. Make a presentation (PowerPoint slides)

Always follow the 80/20 rule, make them think and question. Bring your laptop, show your PowerPoint presentation.
Select a few topics that suit your expertise and make some slides that are close to the topic.
Create a relationship with the problem and the solution you can offer, some ideal system integration, something that should appeal to the interviewer. 
Some other benefits of such a presentation would be;
– It allows you to share your public speaking skills,
– Your knowledge of the topic
– Your ability to express
– How you can stay calm under pressure
– And lots more.
In short, the ultimate goal is to impress the interviewer.

7. Prepare your interview speech

Now you have gathered a lot of information about the company, the last step would be to prepare for an interview speech.
– Visualize the situation?
– Expected questions and their answers 
– Tell me about yourself?
– How would you have to handle different tasks
And a lot of other information you have prepared in your interview speech.

8. What to bring for the job interview

Can you go to the office empty hand? No, you should not. You may need;
– Resume copy (updated resume (if it’s not already sent through email) make at least 4-5 copies. In a panel interview, you may have to give it to other people too.
– Keep a copy of a resume for yourself. 
– A list of references
– A ball pen to take some notes

9. Do get the direction (where to go)

You should know where you are going for an interview. Google maps and other location gadgets can help you to find the place.
If its 10:00 am you should reach a well before time. Wait at reception, you can go to the washroom, set your attire, tie and other things.

Get The Directions

10. Dress professionally

As you step into the interview among the first things the people notice about you is the way you dress and the way you groom yourself. It mirrors your personality. You can’t be casual about your career.
The advertising industry will require different dressing than the financial sector, do your research and find the best dress that suits your industry.
Look at what other people one or two steps up the corporate ladder are wearing, follow their dressing and be like them.

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