How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Having the appropriate skill sets is not sufficient until and unless a person has the pre-interview preparation. IT is necessary to have an idea about the type of questions that may arise and the answer to the same should be a heart winning one and not merely blame or highlight a problem.

What is an interview? From the job seeker’s perspective, an interview is all about marketing one’s skill and talents, thereby projecting oneself as the most suitable candidate for a given post.

From the Employer’s perspective, interview is a tool for judging the employability of candidates for a given post. Read our article on 10 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

In an interview, the questions that are put before a candidate are specially formulated by the employer to draw out some insights into the candidates’ personality traits.

There are a number of questions such as “why were you fired?” etc that are often enough to baffle a fresher and take the wits out of them. Paradoxical as this may sound, but the best answer is not always the right answer. The best answer is one that is objective and focuses on solutions and positive outcome rather than blaming and dead analysis.

Keep in Mind Always

• To remain calm when faced with tough interview questions.

• To remain objective and focus on the solution not the problem • Not to bad mouth or blame any of your past colleagues or bosses

• To check and beware of body language during uncomfortable questions

• To practice every possible uncomfortable question regarding your past job before the interview • To identify and beware of what regards uncomfortable reactions regarding your past job

• To have sufficient questions for the interview to ensure that the past job experience does not repeat here; the question should be subtle but which can give you the sufficient information to help you to decide whether you should or not take the job if offered.

• Never to tell lies – even if you are sorely tempted during a tough question

• Not to show frustration, anger or disappointment on circumstances of leaving the past job.

• To show that you have outgrown the past and gained out of the experience even if it was not a pleasant one.

No matter how you decide to get away from work for the interview, there are a few things you need to keep in mind after it’s over.

There’s no point hiding your interview from your boss if you are just going to gab away about it once you get back to work. If you are not 100% positive that you have the job, do not tell your co-workers. Any of them.

Ask For Confidentiality. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the interviewer to keep your interview confidential. Don’t make a big deal of it though, just make a comment at the end asking for discretion. The interviewer knows you gotta eat.

Act Normal. Even if you have a gut feeling that you got the job, act the same as you always have at your old one. Nothing screams “I’m about to quit on you” like a sudden disinterest in your workload or a cavalier attitude when you once were very guarded. If you play it cool and keep your wits, you will make the transition to your new digs without much of a hassle at all.

Do it!

Cheers!

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