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11 tips on how to have a successful interview

04.11.2016

A job interview is a serious test even for the most experienced professionals. Therefore, it makes sense to be well-prepared for it. This article and infographics will give you useful information on how to prepare for an interview.

The job interview consists of three basic stages:

— preparation for the interview;

— the job interview itself;

— post-interview follow up;

As a rule, candidates for a vacancy devote a great deal of energy and time to the second stage but other stages are no less important. We will try to summarize the general experience and give you some basic advice so that you can make your job interview successful.

1.      Determine your goals.

Before going to the job interview, you need to have a clear understanding of what you want. This not just from this vacancy but also from the company and the industry in general.

2.      Gather some information about the company.

Go to the interview armed with some knowledge about a company. What kind of product does it produce or what kind of services does it provide? You should also know when it was founded what kind of market share it has. Another useful piece of information is the names of the managers. This information can be found online in publicly accessible sources. It can also be obtained in information booklets found at exhibitions and other events. You can also ask some of your acquaintances.

3.      Take pride in the way you look.

One more tip on how to prepare to an interview is dress code. In addition to special dress codes set by many companies, there are also generally acknowledged rules for proper business attire. This is why you will have to choose the right formal outfit. Even if a company lets its employees dress informally, it doesn’t mean that you should come to your job interview wearing shorts and a t-shirt. You should also make sure that your hair and makeup are all right, and/or that you are clean-shaven.

4.       Plan the route that you will take to the interview location in advance.

There is nothing worse for a job candidate than being late for an interview. Therefore, you should think about the route you will take to get to the interview beforehand. It would be even better if you went there a day or two before the day X. If there is any chance that you will be late, you should call your potential employer in advance and set another day and time for the interview. If you do this,  most employers will treat your circumstances with understanding.

5.      Psych yourself up.

First of all, it’s important to be in a good mood for the interview. If you are in good mood, you radiate confidence and reliability. To get into the right mood, get enough sleep and have a good breakfast (some sweets would be just great).

Second, you have to be confident. You must have a realistic picture of what your strengths and capabilities are. You shouldn’t think that you will get this vacancy at all costs. It is important to understand that to an employer, you are considered to be an item of goods that he or she intends to buy. Eventually, you will find the right job and the right employer.

We also recommend that you arrive at the interview location about half an hour early. This time will allow you to get used to the new place, calm yourself down and get ready for a successful interview.

6.      Tell your employer what he/she expects to hear.

Employers are likely to ask many questions during job interviews. Even if they ask you questions that seeming unrelated to the vacancy, you need to answer them within the context of your future job.

7.      Ask your questions.

Most interviewers also allow you to ask them questions. You do have to ask something — and maybe even prepare a couple of questions in advance. It will look very bad if you don’t ask any questions at all. Your potential employer may think that you are not really interested in the vacancy.

8.      Speak properly.

Get rid of interjections, parasite words, try to talk without haste and choose your words carefully.

9.      You should be truthful.

If you try to deceive your potential employer you are doomed to failure. There are many ways to check how truthful you are during a job interview.

10.   Ask for some salary and benefit information.

As mentioned previously, if you don’t ask questions, it will show a lack of interest in the position. If you don’t ask questions like this, you may not get the job.

11.   Thank your employer for the opportunity to interview and ask them when they will let you know about the results.

After the interview is over, it is necessary to thank them for the time spent and when you can call them to find out about results of the interview. You should call them, even if they say something like “we will give you a call”. You should call them three or four days later and ask them where things stand.

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