A Few Simple Steps on How to Prepare for a Job Interview

by Julie Clements Promoter
Job interviews are an opportunity for a company to learn more about an applicant, as well as for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the given position and the company. A job interview is a face-to-face conversation where both the parties exchange information, ask questions and evaluate the potential for establishing a working relationship. The interview helps the company’s HR manager choose the right candidate for the company. A digital transcription agency can transcribe the interview accurately for employers that prefer to maintain interview transcripts. 

Preparing well for the job interview helps the candidates feel more in control, be confident and perform well.  It also enables them to showcase their skills and capabilities to the interviewers, get on board with the company personnel and work towards achieving organizational goals. It is important to give due importance to punctuality, personal appearance, and behaviour. So here are some useful tips for job seekers to prepare for their job interview:

  • Find out the type of interview you are attending: You should know whether you are attending an in-person interview, a telephone interview, a 2-way video interview via Skype, GoToMeeting etc., or a one-way or on-demand video interview with pre-recorded questions. Also, try to find out whether the interview is conducted by one person or by a team.
  • Decide on how to organize your answers: Most of the interviewers ask similar questions like basic personal questions, your problem skills, past experience, interpersonal conflict in your previous workplace and so on. It is important to prepare well for these standard questions and draft answers by drawing examples of your past experiences.  So, think about all the examples that will portray you as a desirable contestant. To get more basic questions of an interview, you can also search online. Sites like LinkedIn and Twitter are ideal resources where you can find strong responses for basic interview questions. 
  • Practice your answers: Once you have clarity about the questions and the answers, the next step is practicing your answers out loud in front of a person or you can record a video. You can ask your friend to help you with practicing and get honest feedback. Make sure that the people you choose to practice in front of point out your flaws. You can also try video interviews as these are less stressful depending on the context and personal preference.    
  • Go through the job description again: The most common mistake that most interviewees make is not having a clear perception of the job.  Make sure to study the job description and try to match it against your credentials so that you know what to emphasize in the interview. 
  • Run a thorough research about the company: It is important to have key information about the company you are interviewing for. Job seekers should conduct a thorough research about the company and how they recruit. Larger companies often post articles and infographics explaining their hiring practice. You can also know more about the interview board and other company personnel through social media platforms like Twitter or LinkedIn. Consider this process as a cheat sheet to understand the organization’s interview process and values.
  • Understand and practice proper interview etiquette: For in-person interviews, a smile and handshake and for video interviews a friendly smile would be proper etiquette. This will ensure that the interview starts with a positive tone. Be sure to make eye contact when expressing your views and points. 
  • Be relaxed and refreshed: No matter how hard you have worked for the interview, it is important for you to feel fresh and relaxed on the day of the interview. It will help clear your mind, think straight, and perform well on the day of the interview. Another important element is sleep and it impacts job interviews. Not having enough sleep can have a negative impact on your memory, problem-solving skills, and judgement too. 
  • Be confident: Confidence is a very important factor when facing an interview. Find a quiet spot like a restroom, elevator etc, before the meeting and strike a power pose for two full minutes and face the interview with confidence. Do not fidget because it is a sign of low confidence. Also, avoid drumming your fingers on the table or clicking your pen open and closed.
  • Make sure to ask follow-up questions: Once the interview is over, the next step to impress your interviewer is to ask a few follow-up questions. Make sure to prepare two or three questions that focus on the position and how it fits the organizational strategy. It is best not to ask questions that are related to salary or compensations.  

Remember to attend the interview on time. Apart from being physically on time, you must be mentally alert and look and sound polished from the very beginning of the interview. Many candidates tend to be anxious initially and even if they perform better as the interview progresses, the initial first impression you create could have a negative impact. Job interviews provide an opportunity for you and your potential employer to decide how well your skills align with the company’s needs. It helps you get better acquainted with prospective colleagues and obtain information to help you decide if that job is the right one for you. To make the task of candidate selection easier, interviewers can approach a reliable transcription agency that can provide the interview transcription services.

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About Julie Clements Freshman   Promoter

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Created on Dec 7th 2019 03:09. Viewed 438 times.


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