Perfecting Your First Job Interview

OK so you finally got the call, the company you sent your CV from a week ago, actually wants to meet you and conduct a job interview. So, you throw on your best clothes and arrive right on time. All you have to do is be yourself, and they're sure to see how great you'll be at the job right?

If only it were that easy... but it's not. You've got to use the limited time in a job interview not only to sell yourself as the top candidate for the job, but also to be memorable, without being obnoxious or overbearing. It's a fine line but but with a bit of help, I know you can do it! Here are my some interview tips to help you make a great impression on the person who interviews you.

Things you should do at a job interview:

  • Arrive on time or better yet, 10 minutes early
  • Refer to the interviewer by name
  • Smile, eye contact and use a firm handshake
  • Be alert and act interested throughout
  • Maintain eye contact at all times
  • Make all comments in a positive manner
  • Speak clearly, firmly, and with authority
  • Accept any refreshment offered
  • Promote your strengths

Things you should not do:

  • Be overly aggressive or egotistical
  • Spend too much time talking about money
  • Act uninterested in the company or the job
  • Act defensively when questioned about anything
  • Speak badly about past colleagues or employers
  • Answer with only yes or no
  • Excuse your bad points about work history
  • Ask for coffee or refreshments
  • Excuse yourself halfway through the interview, even if you have to use the bathroom
  • Don’t answer phone calls or texts
  • Don’t cross your arms
  • Market your skills and related experience in the field that you are applying for. Be sure to do it in a way that is positive, but not cocky or aggressive
  • Research the company before your interview. It's a great way to know where you would fit into the organisation. It also lets the employer know that u really want to be a part of the company
  • Prepare answers to common interview questions ahead of time, and practice saying them, so you aren't stumped during the interview. That way you'll be able to answer promptly with a statement that makes sense and is thoughtful
  • Dress for success, in the manner you would dress for the position you're applying for. You'll come across as more serious and professional, and it will also be easier for the interviewer to imagine you in the job you're seeking
  • Bring a list of your own questions with you in a folder. You should keep your extra CV in there too
  • Be a good listener and focus. Some job seekers talk too much during interviews
  • Be prepared to describe your weaknesses as strengths. For example, saying that you are overenthusiastic about performing at your best. The interviewer doesn't really want you to bash yourself... he/she just wants to see how you handle tough questions
  • Make eye contact with your interviewer. It will demonstrate your honesty and willingness to engage in conversation
  • Don't volunteer your personal opinions to your interviewer about any subjects unless you are asked. The aim of an interview is to demonstrate your suitability for a job and to find out more about the job
  • Try to establish a good rapport with your interviewer. Be casual but professional, and most importantly be yourself

Take the time to implement these interview tips before your next job hunt. It'll give you a leg up on your competition!

There is big fear factor, because of which, candidate get nervous while interviewing, and ultimately it results in a bad outcome. Having successful job interviews requires good preparation and good presence of mind. 

Job interview is the key factor from which companies judge candidates and make sure that the company is running in talented and safe hands. From this interview, an employer attempts to get in to your mind and draws out your past, present and future looking for a match to the job they have available. 

Preparing for a job interview is a two way street- as you prepare for the interview, the interviewer will also be preparing to interview you. The interviewer will usually choose some questions which are tailored to your experience and remember - you will be tested every step of the way during an interview.

Try to anticipate tough questions which may be asked and prepare answers which refer back to your experience and your qualifications. Doing well in a job interview will have a lot to do with how well you can answer these sometimes tricky questions and how good of a job you can do of justifying your ability to do the job. Remember that you want to make choosing you for the job to seem like a decision which will make them look good.

Always be ready to be able to say why you are looking for this job, why you want to do this job in this particular organisation and salary if asked. Questions like what are your accomplishments, what are your skills, according to your previous supervisors, what you expect from this particular job are asked in interview. You must answer the questions honestly and in descriptive manner. In fact, be ready to point out some examples by which you can describe your answers. 

Be prepared when you walk in for a job interview. Have at least copy of your CV, and have three references and if applicable, your portfolio. Try to collect and remember the company relevant issues. Prepare some questions to ask about the company role and related topics. Search for the company’s trade and research company policies. You can ask any doubts if you have any in your mind. Asking doubts is a good indication, which shows that you are really looking forward for this job.

To be dressed well is equally important. Making a first impression is half the battle won. Dress proficiently and at ease. Speak clearly and honestly. Be confident and alert. Have a positive mind set and show lot of energy and enthusiasm.

In closing, if you want to do well in a job interview, learn a bit about the company and draw from your experience to make the strongest possible case that you are the ideal candidate for this position while displaying confidence and personability - this will ensure that you do well in any job interview.