How to prepare for a job interview.
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You're one step closer to getting hired! See the best way to prepare for a job interview by reading this article.
This final step is crucial to securing a job. You need to ace it so that you can make a good impression and ultimately convince the hiring manager into choosing you over other candidates.
With the COVID-19 pandemic at large, many companies are hiring remote workers which means that more interviews are being conducted online. Even if you're not used to working in an online environment, now is your chance to learn and adapt to this.
It's also perfectly normal to feel anxious and nervous before your interview. However, it is essential for you to control this so that you can make an outstanding impression.
Here are 9 tips to nail your next job interview. Read this article by Cindy Makita, Online Career Coach.
The best way to prepare for a job interview
Follow these steps so that you can nail your interview:
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Do your research about the company
Before your interview, it is essential to research the company that is interested in hiring you. This will show the hiring manager that you've taken an interest in them and also that you're clued up about the company. It will also prove that you've put in the effort into the interview and it will increase your chances of getting the job.
Start by visiting their website and LinkedIn pages to see what they're about, their mission, accomplishments, how they work, etc. This will also benefit you in the long-run should you get hired.
Read this article by Cindy Makita, Online Career Coach, how to research a company before an interview. Here, you will get detailed tips on what to look for when researching.
Provide success stories
Don't be afraid to speak about your previous successes in the past! This will increase your chances of getting hired. Go into detail about what made your projects successful and the role you played in them.
If you're feeling uncomfortable boasting about your previous achievements or not sure about the best ways to present yourself, read this article for some tips on how to sell yourself in the job market by Matt Craven, Online Career Coach.
Explain your past experience that's relevant to the job
If you have any past jobs or projects that are relevant to the job that you are being interviewed for, do mention it and provide details about it. This will show that you're the perfect candidate for the position.
Also, if you're planning on expanding your skills on anything that's relevant to the job, do mention that too! It will show that you take a deep interest in your career and that you're willing to progress.
Practice your speaking skills
Whether it is a physical or online interview, your speaking skills are important! So, try and practice beforehand. Ask a friend or family member to help you. Or you can seek the help of an Online Career Coach to help sharpen your speaking skills and give you tips on how to improve.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses
One of the most common interview questions is "what are your strengths and weaknesses?" So, be prepared to have answers to these. Take some time to think about it, write it down if needed and then practice your answers.
Dress appropriately and professionally
Even though it's an online video interview, you still need to make a good impression by looking presentable. Ensure that you wear a professional outfit and that you are looking neat and tidy.
Your dressing should impress the hiring manager. Keep it simple but elegant.
Develop interview etiquette
Your body language is essential even during an online interview it can give a positive or negative impression about you.
Sit up straight and maintain eye contact but don't stare, keeping looking around the room or fidget. Also, avoid crossing your arms and pointing at the hiring manager.
Pay attention in the interview and show interest, enthusiasm and gratitude. Be friendly but don't overshare details about your personal life such as financial status, relationship problems, etc.
Don't be impatient either or rude when being asked questions.
If you had negative work experiences in the past, no need to tell the hiring manager about that or complain about ex-employers or colleagues. This will give him a very unprofessional impression of you.
Ensure that your internet connection is stable
Imagine going through all the effort of preparing for an interview and then having it interrupted because of a poor connection. To prevent this from happening, test it before the interview and have a backup plan should it fail.
There's nothing worse than unpunctuality, whether it is a physical or online interview. Be ready at your computer before the time of the interview. This will also give you time to test your connection, lighting, etc.
If you run into an issue due to unforeseen circumstances, be sure to let the interviewer know and be apologetic and explain the situation.
Don't appear to be desperate
As mentioned earlier, show interest but be careful not to display any hint of desperation. Don't question the hiring manager as to whether you've got the job or not.
You can be honest that you need the job but don't go overboard on that and harass the interviewer.
After the interview, you can send a thank-you note to show your appreciation to him for taking the time and interest in your application.
Do not send countless follow-up emails after the interview to the hiring manager and allow some time as they could be reviewing and interviewing a handful of other applicants. This will annoy the recruiter.
You can follow-up with the hiring manager via email around one week after the interview if you haven't heard anything from them. When doing so, be polite and keep your email short. Avoid emphasizing how much you need the job in your follow-up.
You've come this far and now you've reached the final step toward securing a job. However, this last step might be the most difficult one to master. So, if you need a little advice and guidance on this, you can read through Expert articles on how to prepare for a job interview. Or if you'd like more help and professional guidance, you can book a session with one of our Online Career Coaches.
All the best with your next interview!