Seven Quick Tips On How To Ace That Interview!

 

Are you a fresh graduate who has recently landed yourself a job interview? Or someone who is currently looking for a new job, and have finally got yourself a job interview? You can be someone who is currently preparing yourself for a potential job interview in the near future.

 

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Whichever situation you are in, job interviews can be intimidating sometimes. Some companies have reportedly ask interview questions that most applicants do not know how to answer, leaving them baffled. Hence, failing the entire job interview and dramatically lost the job opportunity.

 

Regardless of what interview questions are thrown at you, you still can prepare yourself for a great interview. Remember that you may not be a top performer but showing up in great integrity and preparation puts you ahead of many other applicants.

 

Here are ways you still can successfully nail the job interview and possibly get that job you want.

  1. Research, Research, Research!

 

After you land yourself a job interview, remember to do thorough research on the company you are potentially going to work for. It didn’t matter if the company is a well-known international company or a small start-up business. You still have to do research about the company you are going to work for.

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Researching a company helps you to prepare relevant questions to ask the company during and after the interview. It also reflects you are a well-prepared candidate who cares to find out more about the company. It’s great to show genuine interest in the company you will potentially work for eventually.

 

Do your homework” does not limit to your school and university years after all.

  1. Prepare and know your résumé well

 

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Prepare a really awesome résumé to send to your employers. Also, know your résumé extremely well, like the back of your hand.

 

If you are a fresh graduate writing your first résumé, fret not. There are plenty of tutorials online to teach you how to write a proper résumé. Use templates if you have difficulties in writing one from scratch.

 

Review your experiences to see what you can fit around your new company. As fresh graduates, you may not have real-life work experiences. If so, include whatever internships, volunteer works, part-time jobs you have done outside of your college years. See what soft skills you can incorporate and transfer to your real, full-time job.

 

As you progress through your career, personalise your résumé to fit around the previous offices you have held. Personalise it to reflect your career to prove to your potential employers you are fit for the role.

 

Once you have sent your résumé to any company, anything you put on it is at the company’s disposal. Make sure your résumé packs a punch, so to wow your potential employers.

 

On a side note: do not put in skills you simply do not have. Simply because it isn’t just untruthful but also may create long term problems for you and your employers. Do put in useful traits like you are willing to learn or able to work as a team. Start humble, it will get you far.

  1. Understand the job position you are applying for

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Some people don’t read through the job description before applying, thinking they may land even an interview. A good solid time most employers won’t bother with picking up your application if you do not know how to learn how to comprehend even the simplest form of advertisement.

 

Let’s say you do land an interview with a company. If the job description calls for attention to details, try to fit and tailor to the discussion accordingly. If you have previous work experience, do try to use examples to back you up. As an applicant, do this for all significant traits or qualities you identify in the job description.

  1. Do NOT badmouth your potential employers

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Ever. Some people said the interview starts the moment you leave the house. The people you run into along the way may be company staffs. Or some of the people you met in your neighbourhood, your religious organisations, etc., may be a staff or know someone who works for the company. When you bad-mouth the company (or any staff members) remember it can spread to the company management.

 

You don’t want that to happen, as the company can choose to drop your interview. Some may give you chance to sit for the interview, but you may not be short-listed as a potential candidate to join their company. Your words matter. It can affect your future.

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Also not forgetting to mention, treat everyone you meet as your interviewer. Be polite and friendly to everyone you come across, even the people you see for your interview. This includes the receptionist or admin girl, all the way to the people who are interviewing you.

 

Just make sure everyone you come into contact with sees you in a positive light. Make allies, not enemies.

  1. Create strong first impressions

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Wherever you go, first-impression counts. This includes job interviews. Keep in mind that non-verbal cues matter even more than verbal ones. Smile confidently, shake hands firmly, make eye contact as though you are happy to be there and want the job. In everything you do, show an attitude of energy, enthusiasm and interest. Just don’t do it to an extent it’s preppy and aggravating.

 

Dress properly and presentable. Try to match your dress style to that of the company you are meeting. You should be able to know once you have done thorough research on the company, especially through its website. Show some charisma and personality. Show you are a good fit for the job position and the company.

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If you are a natural-born speaker, use that to your advantage by convincing your interviewers why you are a good fit. You may as well since not every candidate is a natural–born speaker.

  1. Be flexible

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Be flexible at whatever is hurled at you during the interview. Be it difficult and uncomfortable questions, to certain things the interviewer said, just tackle it with grace. People who are flexible and are able to tackle whatever is given to them usually will go far. Don’t forget it may not just get you that job position, but a potential job promotion and salary increment.

  1. Follow up ASAP

 

Send a thank you note or email after the interview. It may be optional but it’s one of many good first impressions to give before being hired.

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If you want to know if you have made it past the first round of interview (if the interview comes in several stages) or have landed the job, feel free to call in or send a follow-up email to find out. It did not matter if you got the job or not, but just follow up to find out. It’s good to know if you have landed the position or not.

 

Even if you did not land the job, or made it past to the 2nd round of interview, it didn’t matter. Feel free to ask why you did not make it. Some companies are willing to tell you over the phone or via email what went wrong during the interview. They may provide you with invaluable lessons and what you can improve for yourself in your next job interview.

 

By end of the day, just be well-prepared for the job interview. As a matter of fact, go to the interview as though you already have been hired by the company. Bring whatever available previous projects you have completed before, as proof you have experience in the industry.

 

Find your opportunities elsewhere if you are not offered a place in the company. Move on to the next job interview.

 

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