Getting a call for an interview is a happy feeling. The recipient only knows how it feels to be called for discussing the possibilities of employment. After all, the efforts put into drafting a killer resume and an effective cover letter are about to come to fruition. However, being called for an interview is not a guarantee that you will be offered the job. There are still a few hurdles to be crossed in order to get the offer letter. It will also depend on how you fair in the interview and whether the employer is impressed enough to have you in the team. If you are serious about the job position, you have to prepare thoroughly like you did in crafting the job application. At this moment, there is no space even for a minor mistake, since it can cost you the job.There are many who have fumbled when bombarded with questions by the recruiters. This has happened even to the most experienced, qualified, and skilled people. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity of being hired for the company you have dreamed of working with for so long, then do these things before going for an interview.
Gather facts about the company
No matter what job position you have are going to be interviewed for, one common question the interviewer will throw at you is “what do you know about our company?” There is a better reason why this question appears in every interview. The recruiters want to know how well prepared you are. Are you familiar with the work culture or not? Do you relate to the visions and goals of the company or not? Do you know the type of business the company is in? When you are clueless about these things, the hiring managers will certainly suspect your interest in working with the company. It will also expose your unprofessional attitude. Further, it will not only put you in an awkward position, but also embarrass you. Not being prepared will surely work as a deal breaker and there will be no time for you to repent.
Therefore, to ensure you don’t make a mockery of yourself and while away the golden opportunity you have been waiting so long, be prepared as if you are appearing for a final examination. Collect all information right from the name of the company, to the business, vision, goals, number of branches, and sister concerns. Believe it, there are a few candidates who have appeared for an interview without even knowing the correct name of the company. While we are confident that you will not commit the same mistake, a prior admonition will help you in avoiding appearing silly. Try also to know the name of the person/people who are going to interview you. When you address them by their names (of course using professional greetings), they will be impressed with you.
Read the job description thoroughly
Call it a haste or oversight, we all tend to miss the important message when going through the job description. Nowadays, companies make it clear most of the things the job position entails and the type of skills and abilities they want. This helps them to save their time as well as of the candidates. The main intention of companies in providing the job description is to have a suitable candidate for the vacant position. They want only those candidates to apply who consider themselves fit for the job.
Hence, before going for an interview, read the job description carefully like you did when applying. It is the best homework you will be doing in order to get through the interview. Since recruiters take time for scanning resumes and calling suitable candidates, there is a chance that you might forget the duties and responsibilities of the position. Reading once again will help you to recollect the requirements of the company. Try to collect some examples from your previous employment that you can speak at length in the interview and prove yourself fit for the job.
Practice answering some basic questions
Remember, there will be some interview questions that will be not be related to your skills and experience. You may be skilled and experienced in satisfying every query of the interviewer though, but they will also need to taste your overall attitude, maturity, and professionalism. The key to impress the recruiters is to hold the abilities in answering a few of the common questions that will come to you either at the beginning or during the interview. Try to get answers to the most basic questions such as: Why do you want to join our company? What made you apply for the job? What are your good qualities and bad qualities? Why do you choose this profession? Why should we hire you? Where do you want to see yourself five years henceforth? What do you aspire for in your career? Whom do you idolize and why? Why do you want to leave your present job?
Be ready for at least 10 questions of these types. You can get answers easily on the internet. However, it is better not to emulate them, and try to come up with your own version. Ask yourself the reasons you have applied for the job and everything that made you to choose this company as well as the profession. You can also recall any childhood incidence that influences you to become what you are now. For example, you can say, “when I was in eighth grade, I saw a horse lying attended at the roadside when coming back from the school. It was hit by a running vehicle and writhing in pain. I immediately called 911 add passed on the information. Luckily, after a few moments, an ambulance arrived and took the horse to the nearby hospital. That made me think ‘what if I had not seen the horse and called for help, the horse would have died.’ That incident had a deep impact on my mind, and I decided to become a veterinarian.’
Monopoly in business is a rarity these days. There are bound to be several companies doing the same business and trying to grab shares of competitors. Though the market is huge and with high potential for growth, companies that can handle the heat of competition can only survive. Consider the market like a jungle where all the predators are waiting for the right opportunity to pounce on their prey and satisfy their hunger.Being a professional, you have to be aware of whom you are competing with. The competition in the market is different than that you will face in the office. For this, you must have a solid understanding of the market conditions, the marketing strategies and recent news of the rival companies. When you are familiar about the moves of your rivals, you can surely win the battle. Being cognizant about whom you will be fighting with for a business share will also show the hiring managers that you are serious about the job.
Ready your outfit
The day you receive the interview call, rush to the tailor or a shopping center to have a new outfit for the ‘D’ day. Since dressing properly is vital when appearing for the interview, you need to have a proper outfit that is neither tight nor hanging loose on your body. In case a new outfit is not within your reach at the moment, check and select the best dress you have in the closet.
Try the dress a day before the interview to fix anything that needs to be amended. Check the shirt if it has all the buttons intact and there are no loose threads jutting out. Also, check if there is any old stain or mark on the shirt due to spilling of tea, sauce or any other liquid. Also, check your shoes and see if they are in mint condition to be used on the interview day. Don’t forget to have a look at the pairs of sock. A smelly and run-out socks will dampen your confidence.
Give a visit to the company a day before the interview
Knowing the location where you will be interviewed a day in advance will help in measuring the distance you need to travel and the traffic as well. As most companies prefer hotels to interview candidates, it is likely that you will not be called at the company for the interview. Even though you have been to the hotel, or know the address of the company, try to visit the location. By driving to the location you will know if you are following the right route, or whether you need to take some other route due to some construction work in progress, and if the traffic is worse than you expected.
When starting from your home, note down the readings on the speedometer of your vehicle and the time. When you reached the location, calculate the number of miles or kilometers you have traveled and time taken to reach. As you have measured the distance, time, and discovered the route, you can start at the right time the next day for the interview. Also, have a buffer time of 30 minutes at your disposal since you are expected to reach the interview location half-an-hour early.
Going for an interview with a strong knowledge of the company, the interviewers, the competitors, the skills and experience, and the challenges to face is a perfect way to show your interest and seriousness for the job. Moreover, it will also help you to appear different from other candidates and impress the hiring managers. So, take these things seriously if you have an interview coming shortly and rest assured of securing the position.