- Do Your HomeWork About the Company Almost every company has a website, go to the company’s website and read about their vision, mission, strategy, products, finances, departments, competitive advantages, competitors, current projects etc. If your from the finance background and attending Finance Related Job Interview, get to know the company financial situations, ie., the profits in the last quarter, their gains, their acquisitions, current projects etc.Read your own resume – be sure that you don’t have to look into your resume to recall details during the interview.
- Prepare for Commonly Asked Questions.
- Why did you leave your last job?
- Tell us about yourself
- Why have you had so many jobs?
- Why do you want this job?
- What qualities do you think are required for this job?
- Why should we appoint you?
- What can you do for us that other people cannot?
- What can we offer you that your previous company cannot?
- What are your greatest achievements within and outside the workplace?
- What are your great strengths and weaknesses?
- How has your experience prepared you for this position?
- Dress Code Success.
The way you dress makes a statement about yourself. Avoid bright colours and loud jewellery. Regardless of the job that you are applying for, it is a good idea to wear a neat and clean suit, even in a casual business environment.
- Time Keeping
Be punctual – don’t be late or even too early. If you are awaiting your call for the interview, Observe the company’s employees as you sit in the lobby, see how they interact, the work environment.
- Know the interviewer :
Make sure you know the full name and designation of the person interviewing you. Before you enter the room, the name of the person interviewing might and his designation might be there.
During The Interview : Remember First Impression Is the Best Impression.
- Wish the interviewer( s) cheerfully and with a smile.
- A firm handshake is an indicator of how you are feeling.
- Wait till you are asked to sit down.
- Maintain Eye Contact.
- Don’t be too long-winded – say what you want to convey in crisp sentences and use terms that would convey your job & achievements.
- Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification, don’t answer vaguely.
- Complete your sentences – don’t answer just yes or no.
- Maintain calmness
- Do not appear too nervous or overconfident.
- Try to curb nervous mannerisms eg. fidgeting or biting your finger.
- Appear comfortable, confident and interested in securing the job.
- What you don’t know can be learned – tell them if you don’t know something. But give instances of how quick a learner you are.
- Don’t badmouth your previous employer – you could do the same in the case of the prospective customer.
- Don’t ask about salary before the offer is made.
- Ask questions at the end of the interview – it could be about the company, the job or the next stage of the interview process. It will be an indicator of your interest in the position.