Most of us are used to the feeling of uncertainty and emotion we have when a potential employer contacts us and we are invited to a face to face interview for the job we want. After a few minutes of joy and excitement we start asking ourselves questions: will there be unexpected questions? Will I make a good first impression?
We offer you a list of tips on how you can effectively and constructively prepare for a future interview.
Find the exact address and generously estimate the time to get there
You must ensure that you know exactly where you must go. You might even want to drive there the day before to make sure you find the location in time, and you learn how long it takes to get there. Make sure you know the phone number of the person who will interview you in case you will not be able to get there in time.
Preparation of the interview is essential. Frequently job seekers neglect it even though this is one of the easiest ways to overcome the interview process. Make sure you have enough information about the company you apply to. Research about the company’s projects. It is easy to do some research about the company, this may be your strongest asset!
This shows respect for you but also to the company. A proper attire, simple and tasteful is more than welcome in an interview. You must take into account the specifics of the company where you go. You cannot dress for a bank interview, as for an advertising agency.
Value yourself! Do not go to an interview and start showing off your skills with arrogance, or be too excited and forget to stop talking. It is appropriate to have short answers, talk about the motivations and achievements in previous jobs and the responsibilities assumed and relevant results. Listen carefully to the questions and answer what you are asked.
It is very important for employers to understand what benefits you can bring to the organization, and why your profile would be more appropriate for this job than others’. So, you have to emphasize how your strengths can help the company. Bring arguments about how you can handle the responsibilities of the job.
Be ready for some tests, and do not block yourself!
There may be some job interviews where you will be placed in a particular situation and you will be asked to solve them efficiently, creatively and strategically.
Be prepared with your set of questions
In this way show your interest in the company. They may refer to the vacancy for which you applied, the company itself or other issues that matter to you. Do not ask from the beginning about the salary. Wait till you make an offer and then negotiate the salary package. However, ask questions about the company culture, the people you would work with.
Any job interview is a challenge and can be the first step towards a successful career. Give a great consideration to your resume and especially to the interview itself.