How to Ace any Interview with Flying Colors
Interviews are the pinnacle of the job application process. They offer you the opportunity to sell your qualifications, experience, and skills to potential employers. This means that you need to ensure that you pitch yourself as the right person for the position. Therefore, an impressive resume is not enough. It is important to spend some time preparing for the interview. So how do you prepare for an interview so that you are selected for the job? Here are a few tips to learn how to ace any interview with flying colors:
Do a little research about the company and the industry before the interview.
This involves browsing through the company’s website to be well informed about the various aspects of the company. This will definitely gain you extra points, as your potential employer will be impressed if you have a good understanding of the industry and company. Moreover, having information about the company helps you know how your skills can fit into the organization.
Do a run-through
Rehearse how to respond to specific questions.
There are questions that you’re sure to be asked in any given interview, such as, “tell me about yourself.” It is therefore important to prepare well in advance so that you are not ambushed by the interviewer.
It is advisable that you arrive for your interview about 15 minutes before the scheduled time. This helps you to be relaxed and focused. Moreover, being late makes it seem like you don’t really care about the position.
Dress the part
First impressions matter and you only have one opportunity to impress your potential employer. Thus, it is always advisable to go for clothing that will make you look like a professional. Avoid clothes that are too uncomfortable or too revealing.
Give the interviewer a firm handshake and remember to thank them for the opportunity at the end of the interview. Also, remember to look confident and relaxed by wearing a smile!
Be sure to look the interviewer in the eye without staring. When you maintain eye contact with your interviewer, it creates an impression that you are confident and certain about what you are saying. You can also use gestures as a way of emphasizing certain points. In cases where you are not sure what to say, consider using transitional phrases instead of umms and ahs.
Remain calm during the interview. No matter how much you may have panicked beforehand or feel agitated by the questions being fielded to you, it is important to remain calm.
Always seek clarification whenever necessary as opposed to going ahead to respond to a question you are not clear about. Remember this may be the make or break question.
Most of the time, many people are afraid to ask questions. However, it is advisable to ask questions because it shows that you are interested in the job and the organization.
Interviews can be a hurdle if you are not well prepared. However, you can be sure to ace your interviews with the tips discussed above.
Written by Vicky Olubi
Vicky Olubi is the founder of TheTutoress, a London-based education company that specializes in 11+ intensive courses and tuition classes. Vicky enjoys sharing tutoring and education advice on her blog and regularly writes for various online magazines and blogs. Stay connected by following Vicky on Google+.