5 Things You Need to Know For a Successful Job Interview

5 Things You Need to Know For a Successful Job Interview

After completion of your formal schooling, whether College or High School, you’ll need to start looking for a job. One of the things that need to be done before securing that job is attend an interview. Whether it is a job starting at the bottom of the scale, or a managerial position, an interview is necessary. However, when we think about job interviews, we tend to get nervous and sometimes even scared. But an interview is not really that hard to do. Once you are fully prepared and know what you have to do, it will be easy to accomplish.
If you have a job interview lined up, just follow these simple steps and before you know it, you’ll have that job in the bag.
1) Always Arrive on Time
Please do not arrive late for an interview. It is a definite no-no. You will come across as unprofessional and unprepared. It will tell your potential employer to expect you to arrive late at times and this is not the impression you want to display so early in the game. Even if you feel unwell or there is a family emergency, do not let this stop you from arriving at the interview early. If the interview you are attending is some distance from where you live and traffic may hamper your chances of reaching early, leave home extra, extra early. It is better you are a few hours ahead of time instead of behind. If there is the slightest possibility of you reaching late, it may be better you call ahead and postpone the interview for another time. The company may very well be understanding and give you another date to attend.
2) Learn the Proper Handshake.
Don’t shake your interviewer’s hand to lightly or too hard either. Make a firm grip and maintain eye contact in the process.
3) Highlight the Positives of your Previous Jobs if Necessary.
If you have had a previous job you may be asked what your duties and responsibilities were as well as why you left. Only speak about what is necessary and pertinent to the question. If you were asked why you left your previous job, do not say anything that was negative about your boss or co-workers even if they were the worst people to work with. You can say something about wanting to expand your horizons or learn a new skill. Be tactful.
4) Dress Appropriately
Always dress appropriately for the interview. You may not need to wear a suit and tie in the case of males, but a neat long sleeved shirt with a tie, and a pair of slacks – not jeans – would suffice. In the case of females a nice matching pants or skirt suit – no cleavage or high slits please – is best. Nothing too colourful either. A nice pair of clean shoes should also be worn. No sneakers, no slippers.
5) Research the Company
Whatever company you have sent applications to, spend some time researching information about them. Sometimes the interviewer would ask what you know about the company and in this case you would be prepared.
Sometimes during the course of an interview, you may be told what your tasks and responsibilities would be. If you have been made an offer, consider that it is something you really want to do. It would look bad if after a week or two you quit because you could not handle the job. It would also look bad on your resume.
Consider carefully what type of job you really want. Research Companies that offer what you’re looking for and send in your applications. Also, be prepared to work hard if you wish to be successful and climb that corporate ladder.
Good luck!

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