Regardless of how good your resume or CV look, in most cases, whether you get hired or not will be determined by your stance during the interview. While this may depend on the personal disposition, mood and requirements of your current interviewer, you would be surprised to learn that there are some actions that can significantly improve your chances during the interview. Here are five of them.
Do your research
During most interviews, there is one type of question that will keep popping up: “Why do you think you will fit well in our company?” In order to answer this, you need to research that company thoroughly. Try to learn a bit more about their goals, their corporate culture and their values. Mentioning any of these during your interview is bound to bring you some extra points and show your interviewers that you’ve come prepared. Another great idea would be to get in touch with someone from the company and get some insider insight.
Practice, practice, practice
Another thing you want to do is practice. This can be done with a friend or in front of a mirror. Some people even like to make a recording of it, so that they can later examine and analyze it. You would be surprised just how much you can discover in this manner. For instance, during this review, you could spot a flaw in your non-verbal communication or stance that you can later rectify through practice. Additionally, it is vital that you prepare some interview questions beforehand, like those you are actually going to give answers to.
Act like an expert
Even for an entry-level job, you may need to show that you are willing to go that extra mile. This is why you might want to act like an expert in the field this particular company deals with. Sure, there is always a chance that you will actually have experience in this industry. If not, there is a number of ways to become one in no time.
For starters, you need some basic info on the topic itself and the latest occurrences and controversies surrounding it, which you can easily find online. Next, instead of going through volumes of data on the topic, you should probably look for notes from UQ past exams and get as much info in the limited time you have available. Finally, the more confidence you have, the more persuasive you get.
Prepare for different circumstances
One thing you need to keep in mind is that not every job interview is in person. Sometimes, due to the inability of either you or your interviewer to meet in person, you will be submitted to a phone or video interview. For both of these, it is vital that you have no interference whatsoever. Make sure you’re in the room that is least exposed to the noise from the outside. You should also ensure there are no connectivity issues and that your equipment provides decent-quality video and audio (borrow a high-end webcam and headset if you must). Furthermore, some companies will insist on several interviews, all of which may be completely different in nature. Performing well in the first round doesn’t necessarily mean that you will nail the second or the final interview.
Establish a solid online presence
In the hyper-connected world of the 21st century, you can’t hide anything from the outside world. Keep in mind that once you submit the application, your future employer might decide to take a closer look at not just your LinkedIn, but also your Facebook and Instagram profiles. What they find there might make a great difference in their overall perception of you. This is why you need to find a way to act professionally on social media. Still, this can backfire if you give off the impression of trying too hard. A combination of professionalism and spontaneity is what you are looking for.
If there’s one thing to conclude from all this, it’s that your job interview starts long before you find yourself face to face with your employer. Your pre- and even post-interview behavior can also be determining factors in whether you get hired or not. Still, this is just the first step. The way you act in an interview can also have some influence over the pace at which you advance and the way your employer acts towards you in the future. Seeing how so much is at stake, it’s vital that you enter this interview well-prepared.
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