In the last few weeks, we explained how to write a curriculum vitae (CV) successfully. We discussed what we should include and avoid at all costs. Hopefully, you wrote a successful CV, and the company asked you to come for a job interview. Sounds scary? If you follow our advice in the coming weeks, you will know how to ace that interview.
We will write here about the research you should conduct before the interview, the questions you should prepare to answer, to ask, and how to conduct yourself during the interview.
A job interview is a conversation between a potential employer and a job
applicant. During the job interview, the employer can review the applicant’s qualifications, appearance and general fitness for the job opening. In parallel, the applicant tries to learn more about the position, consider the employer, and feel if the job answers their needs and interests.
Job interviews can take different forms, depending on the preference. Some interviews are structured and follow a specific format, while others are more informal and conversational.
The innovation that comes with technology has necessitated the need for candidates to adapt to the changing ways of interviewing, like virtual interviews such as zoom, skype, and telephone interviews. Additionally, some employers may do multiple interviews to ensure they make the right hiring decision.
As a candidate, it is essential to prepare for the interview to increase your chances of success. You should research the company, location and job role, practice responses to common interview questions, and prepare a list of questions to ask the employer.
During the interview, making an excellent first impression is crucial as dressing professionally, arriving on time, and being polite. Additionally, it is essential to listen carefully to the employer’s questions, answer honestly and confidently, and provide specific examples of your experience and qualifications.
After the interview, you should follow up by making a phone call within a week if they do not call you back. Moreover, send a thank you
letter to the people who interviewed them and reiterate your interest in the job.
We will examine the avenues for preparing for the job interview in the following weeks. We would explain why job interviews are essential and scary and how to gain confidence and win the job.