10 Useful tips to a successful interview

As you all know, especially if you follow my blog, I am mostly interested in using my experiences to help others. I still see a lot of people make mistakes and in the process do not get called back by the employer. The following are very useful tips to a successful interview.

Apply to the organisation or sector of interest:

Many people today when asked “where would you like to work? the answer you get is anywhere”. A lot of people just want any job just to pay bills and survive, little wonder most people get tired of their jobs easily. There is joy in working in an organisation or sector of your interest. People who go through the challenge of not being paid for months while their company went through a rough period, still end up going to work (such passion and dedication). Working in an organisation or sector of interest helps you have a long-term future goals and of course nothing beats going to work glad because you enjoy what you do.

Good knowledge of what the job description entails:

When we come across job vacancies online, the job description is usually stated in the job vacancy post. It is important that you understand what the employer requires from you as a candidate. Do not go making promises or accepting that you are able to do or claim you have done most of it when you have not. It is good to know that employers do not expect a hundred percent from you. Most candidates are fast learners and can learn, research or read up before the interview, but it is advisable to let the panel know you are at the beginner level in cases like that, but basically have an idea of all listed under the job description. Hence do your findings.

Compare your skills and abilities to the job role:

When invited for an interview for a certain job role, try to list out the various qualities of the job role against your skills and abilities. Be honest with yourself, if the qualities you already have are less, you can run a self-examination on yourself , think of events in the past where you may have applied or exhibited such qualities and add to your list with a self-assurance that you can deliver while learning on the job, as most people discover themselves more while on the job.

Have adequate information about the company:

A lot of employers believe once a candidate can have a good knowledge of what the company does, their target market, aims and goals, vision, mission and values, it shows how interested the candidate in working for company. By having adequate information makes you  well-informed about the company you hope to work for in the future, and gives you the opportunity to direct your questions about the company to the panel. Questions such as their long-term plans and goals and other areas of concern for clarity sake, and more information that will help you make decision on if the company is the right place for you.

Demonstrate good interpersonal skills:

The more relaxed you are the better. That way you can decide the way your interview will turn out. Look around the office, pass one or two compliments on the awards, paintings or photo of the interviewer. Make sure to sound sincere. Do not just get up and leave, just because they tell you your interview section is over.

Demonstrate good listening skills:

I always advice that the minute you step into the room and the panel introduced themselves to you, make sure to note each of their names and designation, it is usually a plus. These are the little tips that still helps no matter the outcome of the interview. For instance, after your interview you can get up, and give a hand shake to each of them, calling them by their names, your can even pass a comment on their departments after taking note of their designation.

Ensure good body language:

Before you go in for your interview I recommend you breathe in and out at least five times. Shake off the fear or anxiety, be sure you are calm and ready. Try to stay confident and speak up. This will help the interviewer see that you are not timid, you can communicate well and can show boldness.

Learn to summarise the important points:

It is very important to know your résumé in and out, as the interviewer can touch on any section of your résumé. In some cases touch all. Your résumé has everything about you with years of information and limited time for the interview. So before you go for your next interview, try to make sure you summarise each section on your résumé. When asked further questions for clarity sake, it will do you good to also give good answer as briefly as possible.

Know your achievements and future goals:

A lot of employers believe in employing a candidate that have achieved certain things one way or another, It could be in academics, sports, other skills that makes you outstanding. They believe if you were passionate to make such recognition, you can also be passionate to meet the goals of the company. Your future goals will also give them a clear view on if you really know where you are going and know what it takes to make it.

Dress and look smart:

We all have heard the saying ” Dress the way you want to be addressed”. Well it’s true. Many corporate organisation accept four colours of suits black, brown, grey and navy blue. Depending on the colours of the company you can also go ahead and use the colours of the company as a plus or just keep it simple by wearing a white inner shirt or top for women. Most invitation might say smart casual. Whatever be the case, dress and look smart.

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