How to Prepare for your First Job Interview?
First Job Interview
If there is an interview scheduled, it means you have already accomplished a major milestone. That is, your CV has succeeded in impressing your potential employer.
The next crucial step is to sell yourself to an interviewer.
To make it easier, you need to be through with some basic preparations before making a final leap.
A list of preparations you need to make include:
The Basics of an Interview
You need to seek answers to few basic questions well in time before the interview is scheduled. These include:
- What will be the approximate duration of the interview?
- What will be the format for an interview?
- Do you need to carry anything?
Benefits of Research
A little research about the company, its workplace environment, and the processes followed within the organization will not only reflect your enthusiasm but also make it easier for you to answer questions that will be posed by your interviewer.
Even more, you will have your own set of questions ready to be asked by an interviewer. This is bound to leave a positive impact on him.
Research online or use company’s website to extract the most relevant information. Reading press articles about the company or its latest annual report is quite beneficial.
Try finding out answers to the questions given below:
- Why are you interested in working for this organization?
- Do you possess skills required for the given job?
- Which of your past jobs or acquired skills are most relevant to this job?
Use Your Network
It’s time to use contacts in your network!
Do you have any contacts working in the same organization?
It will help you extract details about the workplace culture and decide if you really want to work there.
In case any of your contacts are working in the company, you may even ask him to give a reference for you.
Brush up your CV
Read your CV and application to brush up on the details that are mentioned on them. It will help you deliver better answers to competency and skill-based questions.
You need to use your CV to demonstrate:
- What makes you an ideal fit for the given job?
- What makes your profile unique?
- And, what is it that you possess that others don’t?
Remember, it is through your CV/ resume that you’re going to sell yourself to an interviewer. Work on making it nothing less than best.
Get ready for the drill
You would agree with me that the actual drill takes place when an interviewer starts throwing questions at you. There are a number of questions that are asked almost every time in an interview like your greatest strength and weakness, experience about previous roles and more. Why not prepare for them in advance?
Mock interviews and practice sessions will make you confident and help you gain clarity on the answers.
Do you have any doubts or questions relevant to the job position; bring them forth towards the end of an interview.
Finally, leave the room gracefully by shaking hands confidently and thanking the interviewer.
If you implement everything that is written above, there is hardly a reason that should stop you from nailing your interview. Good Luck!
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