Yet it takes only about 2 minutes for a recruiter to know if they want to hire you? So how do you make sure that you leave a good impression within those two minutes to make them consider you for the job role?
Most job seekers make a lot of mistakes when preparing for an interview. Even though an interview is supposed to be a discussion between two colleagues (one current and the other prospective), there are actually tips that can help you get your interviewer interested in you.
Here is a 10 Step Strategy to help you pass any Job Interview
Step 1: Be Prepared:
You have to be prepared. No matter how good you are, if you are not well prepared for the interview, there is a huge chance that you are going to mess it up.
Take your time to prepare very well. Conduct your research on the company and its product. You want to know much about their details.
Luckily, today’s landscape has made it very easy to do so. Visit their website and take time out to check them on social media. When visiting their website you want to know details like:
- What do they do?
- What are their products/Service?
- What is their USP(Unique Selling point)?
- Who are their competitors?
- Who are the team behind them?
This information will guide you to know more about their business, who is the brain behind them. You might even be surprised to know someone on the team who can put in a word for you.
Most interviewers have failed to hire someone because they know little or nothing about the company or its’ product. So, not conducting a proper research into the company is setting yourself up to fail
Step 2 : Arrive on time
I once had to spend 30minutes tracing the location of a company I had an interview with. Luckily for me, I was about 1hr early so I had enough time but imagine what would have happened if I had to spend 30imutes trying to locate a company and I was pressed for time?.
I would have rushed into the venue, sweating, and tense. This signs will put me on the defensive and there is no way, I could have done very well in that interview.
That is what happens when you arrive late for job interviews.
To prevent this from happening o you, make sure you leave early on time. It is recommended that you do not arrive earlier than 30minutes for any job interview, so plan your route well ahead.
Yet, it is better to arrive way too early than to arrive late.
Step 3: Be optimistic
Who would you rather hire? Someone with a passion for what they do or someone who does not let their passion show?
Employers consider a lot of things when seeking to fill a role but one of the things they look for is the amount of passion you have for what you do.
Passion makes an employee works hard and fosters growth and creativity. When you get to the interview, let it show in your voice, your disposition and everything else.
Step 4: Demonstrate interest in the company and its product
How much do you know about the business, the company, and the industry?
If you are interviewing for a job role with a telecoms company, then you need to know how phones work. You may nor be a geek but basic details like what OS your phone uses are some of the questions you may have thrown at you.
Also, you need to know about their competitors. If you can come to the table with information about what competitors are doing that is adding value to their growth and they are not, they will pay more attention to what you have to say.
Step 5: Dress appropriately
Do you know that 65% of hiring decisions are made based on dressing if an employer has to chose between two applicants?
Yes. The way you dress to an interview can help influence an employer’s decision whether to hire you or not.
There are lots of guidance around what you should wear to an interview. It is recommended that your dress matches the job and position you are appearing for. What you wear depends on a lot of factors but put the following considerations in mind;
Dress code for men:
- Avoid loud colors
- Groom well
- Smell nice
- Dark blue or Black suit is preferable with a white shirt
- Knot a tie that matches the cloth
- Make sure your attire fits while still making it possible to move.
Dress code for women:
- Pant suits are great or better yet, wear a skirt suit.
- Neatly groomed hair with neutral nail polish
- Make sure the length of your skirt is appropriate and eliminate unnecessary show of flesh.
- Mid heel shoe is appropriate
- Mild makeup is just fine
Step 6 : Learn how to answer the top interview questions
Do you wonder why most interview question begins with “tell me about yourself”? We don’t but it usually the first questions you are probably going to be asked especially if it is your first level interview.
One sure way to scale through the level stage of an interview is if you know precisely the questions you are going to be asked and been adequately prepared to answer them.
Here are some common interview questions:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Describe a difficult work situation/project and how you overcame it?
- What was your biggest accomplishment/failure in this position?
- Why do you want this job?
- What are your personal goals for the future?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
- What are you passionate about?
- What motivates you?
- Why do you think you will excel at this job?
Passing an interview should not be hard. The best way to make sure that the recruiter prefers you to any other candidate for the same job role is to know exactly what do at the right time. Here is a brief recap of the tips in this guide
- Be Prepared
- Arrive on time
- Be optimistic
- Demonstrate interest in the company, its products, services and the industry
- Dress appropriately
- Know the right answer to the common interview questions
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