How to Interview

The marketplace is extremely competitive with tens to even hundreds of people with good qualifications vying for the same job. If your goal is to land that dream job, you should take the process of the interview as seriously as possible. The truth is, whether you are qualified or not, a person who interviews well will always make a great impression and thus boost his or her chances of landing a job. Interviewing for a job is not an enviable situation. In an interview, a candidate is being evaluated and scrutinized to determine just how good he or she is and whether or not he or she will make a good fit within a company. In order to do well in an interview, you must be confident, well prepared and be able to sell yourself. Here are some tips.

The Importance of Being Prepared

Being prepared is extremely important and essential to doing well in a job interview. You must show the employer that you take this opportunity seriously and will do whatever it takes to land the job. Some things to consider when prepping for an interview are:

The Importance of First Impressions

Most job seekers will only get about an hour to make a good impression. In this short period of time, you will need to sell yourself. Human resource recruiters are very adept at both interviewing individuals and also judging them. It is imperative that you always try to make a good first impression. Creating a good first impression is actually not that difficult, here are some tips:

During the Interview

After having started off giving the interviewer a good first impression during the meet and greet portion, now the interview begins. Don’t get overly self conscious and there isn’t any reason to freeze up. Rely on your preparation and your personal skills to understand that the more you go in thinking the interview is a conversation the less you will feel scrutinized and interrogated. Here are some ways to avoid the common pitfalls of interviewing.

As stated before, be prepared, do your homework about the company, keep in mind what questions you would like to ask and be familiar with questions that may be asked of you. Here are some of the questions that may be asked of you:

When asked questions, answer them completely and do not try to dodge a question.

Make sure that you convey that you are genuinely interested in working at this specific firm. HR recruiters will always value a candidate more if they genuinely want to work for their company and not because they just need a job.

Ask Questions during the Interview

Once again, an interview should be looked at as a conversation that has dialogue going both ways and not just as an interrogation. One way to improve this dialogue is to ask smart and insightful questions. Besides just asking these questions, get involved or show that you are engaged. The more engaged you are, the more the recruiter will sense that you are interested in the job. Never ask questions just for the sake of asking. Even if these questions are prepared, try to be spontaneous and ask them at appropriate times during the interview. Here are some sample questions which might be good to ask during an interview.

After the Interview

Once the interview has finished, there are a few things that you should do to boost your chances of landing the job. They are:

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