After you get done with a good resume building, and get a call for an interview, do you find it difficult preparing yourself for it?
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A job interview is your opportunity to show a potential employer how you can shine in the role and at the company. Think of the interview as an audition for the job, and also as a “sample” of your work, because that’s how employers often view it.
But keep this in mind—you’re interviewing the interviewers too! You need to get a handle on whether or not the job and the company are a good fit for you.
Below are the key job interview dos and don’ts to keep in mind.
- Dress appropriately. Extremes in fashion or very casual clothes should generally be avoided. Look neat and clean.
- Be punctual. Make sure that you are 10 minutes early and if you are going to be unavoidably detained ring and let them know.
- Bring a copy of all relevant documents, so you can refer to them if necessary.
- Make eye-contact. Remember to talk to the person (not the top right hand corner of the room or at their shoes). If you are being interviewed by a panel, ensure that you direct your answer to the person who asked the question, while still including the other interviewers by making brief eye contact.
- Be clear. Make sure you fully understand the question and query any point about which you may be doubtful.
- Ask questions. Selection is a two way process. They select you, but you also select them.
- Be Confident. Remember that you applied for the position because you thought that you could do it.
- Show enthusiasm for the company and the position.
- Be positive. Make sure that you always present your skills in a positive light. Even when describing your weaknesses you should always show them what you are doing to rectify it.
- Be sure about future. Make sure that you have an idea about where you want to be in the future and can relate the future goals to your application for the present position. You must be able to answer the question "Where do want to be in five years’ time?"
- Don't dress too casually. Do not look untidy while going for an Interview.
- Don't make derogatory remarks about past or present employers.
- Don't fidget or twitch, try to control other nervous mannerisms.
- Don't sit there like a statue. If you feel more comfortable talking with the aid of your hands for emphasis, then use them, but try not to be too excessive in your gestures.
- Don't interrupt the interviewer before they have finished asking you a question and never finish their sentences for them.
- Don't Lie. If you have to lie about what you are like or your abilities in order to obtain the job, you are likely to find yourself in a position that you don't really like and probably one in which you will have problems fulfilling successfully.
- Don't worry if you answer one question badly. Treat each question individually. Remember that if you mess up the second question but answer the next 15 brilliantly they won't place much emphasis on the second question putting your poor answer down to nerves.
- Don't talk about salary, holidays or bonuses. Unless they bring them up, do not talk of salary and holidays.
- Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Make sure that you explain your reasoning fully.
- Don't wear too much perfume or aftershave. It leaves a bad impression.
All the best!