A job interview is the time you prove to the interviewers that you are the best candidate for the job you applied for, and give them convincing reasons why you should be hired.
When you are applying for jobs, make sure you write down the company and the position you applied for somewhere, because sometimes, you might get an invitation for a job interview without the position written in the email or text message. In that case, you can refer back to your notes to know the position you applied for, because most of us apply for jobs and forget that we even made an application to the company when contacted.
After you have been contacted for a job interview, you need to prepare for it. Here are some tips that will help you;
First, you need to do some research about the company by going through their website, know about their products/services, their competitors, projects they have done, just to prove that you know about the company. if they do not have a website, search through google and you will definitely find something about the company. And also, search for more qualities about what someone in the position you applied for should possess in a company, how it adds value to the company and why they need someone specifically for that position. Write down the key points.
An interview session is more or less interactive, you both want something from each other, you have to give it your best shot. It is a conversation between two adults. You have to look confident and sound positive, your focus should be on how well you are going to impress the interviewer. Dress smart, neat, appropriate and always smile when necessary. Be there on time, it gives you time to calm your nerves before the interview. First impression matters a lot.
Make sure you know exactly what is written on your CV, the questions asked about yourself should always tally with what is written on your CV. Do not try to guess or pause when questions related to what is on your CV is being asked.
Always listen to every question asked and if you are not sure, make sure you ask again to avoid giving answers contrary to the question asked.
Always make sure your answers are clear and concise, but comprehensive. If they want to know more, they will definitely ask you. And if the key questions are not asked because your answers were too long from the beginning, you might miss out on the job. Sometimes they have a time limit when there are so many invitees for the job interview.
Practice your answers to questions like;
Tell me about yourself? Your answers should be about your education, skills, work experiences and a bit about yourself.
What do you know about this company? This is where you talk about the reasearch you made about the company.
Why should we hire you? Talk about your professional and personal qualities, skills and values that are in line with the job description of the position you applied for and the company as a whole. Be convincing enough and back it up with points, also list your experiences and motivations that are relevant to the positon as well with practical examples.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? You have to sell yourself and for the weaknesses, do not give negative examples that would not benefit their company.
Prepare at least one or two questions to ask the interviewer.
All the best!!!