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Acing your next job interview


They say “First impression matters and last longer” The impression you make on the interviewer often can outweigh your actual credentials or can earn you a good score that will be used to increase your chances of getting the job, scholarship or contract.

Your attitude, poise, basic social skills, confidence and ability to communicate are evaluated along with your experience and education.

You and the interviewer must engage in a conversation – this is a mutual exchange of information and ideas not a yes or no kind of discussion therefore you need to be able to explain with scenarios. Only through such a dialogue can you both determine if you, the organization, and the job are well matched.

Preparation is the key.

Tips for a Successful Interview

1. Prepare before the day

This is an important aspect that will make you scale through the process. Having great knowledge about the job role, company, and industry in which the company operates make it known to the interviewers that you are so prepared and you understand their kind of operations.

2. Know the interviewer’s name and the right pronunciation

Knowing the interviewer’s name can give a candidate leverage among others. Oftentimes, the interviewer’s name can be shown on the email used to send the invitation. Try to use the name with its correct pronunciation during the session. In case you don’t know the name you can politely reach out to the interviewer and/or secretary beforehand.

3. Be on Time

Ideally, you can get to the interview venue about 15-20 minutes before. If you are going for a visa or scholarship interview it is advised to go hours or a day before as this will make you get settled.

Interviewers often are ready even before the appointed time. Interviewers often are ready even before the appointed time.

4. Have some questions to be asked when given an opportunity

Most sessions require you to ask questions thus it would be great to have a short list of questions and thoughts before going for an interview. This would show that you have done your research and want to know more about the position and organization at large.

5. Ensure you take along extra copies of your resume

Some companies would require you to come along with your CV and this should be a norm from your end. Going with just one CV for yourself or the interviewer might put you at risk when you have more than one person in the recruiting room.

6. Ensure you take along copies of your credentials

Some organizations might love to see your grade or certificates. In a case where candidates are many and the panels need to take a decision, this can be used in making such decision or reduce their candidates.

7. Have a pen and a notepad while going for an interview

Taking notes after the interview would have you to remember what was discussed and if necessary, it will make you jot down mistakes you made or corrections the interviewer has given to you during the interview process. This sums up how well you did.

Please do not take excessive notes during the interview as you can do that immediately after the interview.

8. Greet the interviewers with a handshake and a smile

A confident handshake will make you lose some level of anxiety. Smiles are contagious, a good one should brighten the atmosphere.

In this case, ensure you are not the first to request for a handshake as it might be a turn-off for some interviewers. If you are to give a handshake, make sure you, do it with confidence as some interviewees can sense when someone has a lack of confidence.

Ensure you maintain eye contact in this process.

9. Develop rapport

Ensure you take time to develop rapport before and during the interview. Try not to jump right in and get down to business except this is the way the interviewer wants it (Flow with his lead).

10. Don’t be embarrassed if you are nervous

Being nervous can happen to anyone at any point in time so you shouldn’t feel bad when it happens. As you gain experience in handling interviews you will become more at ease with the interviewing process.

11. Focus

Stay focused. This is an important aspect. You need to own your attitude, use your transferrable skills to your advantage, and show that you are open and willing to learn. Do not apologize for a lack of experience.

Ensure you describe your strengths in terms of what knowledge you have acquired and how these knowledge and skills can be used for the organization in a positive way.

12. Tell the truth

Try to give the correct information as asked during the process. Exaggerations and lies will come back to haunt you and this will reduce your chance of scaling through.

13. Listen carefully to the interviewer

Be sure you understand the question, seek clarification or restate it in your own words. Give a complete and concise response and try not to shift the subject at hand to a different one.

14. Never talk bad about someone or your previous work place(s)

Ensure you only use the good or positive experience to show your interactions with your friends or previous organizations. Don’t reduce your top rate to the barest minimum because loyalty ranks high on an employer’s list.

15. Use correct grammar

Employers gives priority to candidates who can prepare themselves properly. It is best if you have to speak slowly while correcting yourself as accuracy is preferred to ungrammatical fluency. Use the right words and phrase where necessary.

16. Prepare for personal questions

Often times, Interviewers may not know what they can and cannot ask legally. You should anticipate how you handle such questions without losing yourself and composure.

17. Wait for the interviewer to mention salary and benefits

Do not mention salary or anything related until the interviewer gives you an opportunity to discuss it. They may think you want the job mainly because of the money and this is a turn off for some recruiters.

Always do your research on minimum and maximum amount that is being paid for that role you are applying for. To find pay scales, refer to salary surveys and information on the career services website.

18. Do not expect a job offer at the first interview

Most interviews can take up to three (3) stages before the interview process can be complete and this can take several weeks, depending on the company.

19. Close on a positive, enthusiastic note

Thank the interviewer for his/her time and express your interest in the job. Ask what the next step will be or how soon you would be called upon in case of further sessions. Leave quickly and courteously with a handshake and a smile.

20. Always send a follow up with a thank you note

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Express your appreciation for the interview and reaffirm your great interest in the job. This step can make a difference. DO NOT forget it.

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