1. PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW
- Be physically and mentally prepared. Decide what to wear days before the interview. Being well-groomed and having a good appearance is essential. Have a good night's sleep, eat a healthy meal and allow plenty of travel time.
- Be on time. Before the day of the interview, make sure where the interview would be held. Take time to find out where the location of the interview is days before the actual interview. Keep in mind to leave enough time for your journey.
- Be proactive. Do research on the organization by reviewing its corporate profile and by reading some relevant information through websites and print materials. Find out the specifics of the job you are applying for and try to prepare some questions about the company - its culture, goals and mission.
- Be your best self. Spend time researching about yourself. Review your past experiences and accomplishments that may fit the needs of the company. Being able to have a grasp of your talents, skills and experiences would enable you to communicate the contributions you can make for the company.
- Be Positive. By being well-prepared, you eliminate nervousness. Just enjoy the interview and be enthusiastic when responding to the interviewer's questions. Confidence and a pleasant disposition brings out the positive energy in you.
2. THE INTERVIEW
- Relax and be yourself.
- Remember to turn off your cell phone before the start of the interview.
- Some first impression gestures are handshakes, eye contact, warm smiles, good posture and a confident introduction of self.
- If there are two or more interviewers, be sure to address all the interviewers in the room when answering the questions.
- Take time to think before you answer questions. A well-thought answer is always better than a rushed one. Try to give complete answers as much as possible and if you do not understand the question, ask for clarification.
- Use concrete experiences to illustrate important information about yourself.
- Avoid using poor or slang language to impress the interviewer. Use familiar but concise words during the interview.
- Show interest during an interview by striking a good balance between speaking and listening.
- Be honest. Answer the questions truthfully and be fair to yourself.
- Make sure to highlight your good points. This would enable the interviewer to asses your performance at work and your potentials to be an effective employee.
- When being asked about your weaknesses and failures, mention how you were able to handle the difficult situation, share the lessons you learned and the improvements you would take to convert certain weaknesses to strengths.
- Don't act desperate by telling the interviewer you are willing to take any job offered.
- If you have some points that you weren't able to discuss towards the end of the interview, take the initiative to mention a couple of things you want the interviewer to know about you.
- Before leaving an interview, ask the interviewer what the next steps would be. Know what to expect and when to hear from them.
3. AFTER THE INTERVIEW
- Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you.
- Make some notes regarding the things you learned about the company. These may be helpful for your next sets of interviews.
- Make a follow-up call to know your status and your succeeding interviews.