No matter how many interviews you have experienced, job interviews always leave you wondering about what is the right thing to say. With every job interview, you learn how to sell yourself, your skills and your flaws. Staying calm and composed is crucial, especially when you are trying to get hired. We believe there are ways to keep you calm during stressful interviews. The more you prepare in advance, the more comfortable and confident you are in an interview. We have brought you a list of seven tips that will help you perform well during the interviews.
Practice and prepare– Preparing for the typical interview questions, researching the company’s background and knowing why you would be an excellent fit for a job goes a long way. Interviewers appreciate answers that are specific, concise and highlight your skills. Your answers should include how, with your skill set, you are relevant to the position offered. Making a list of the requirements of the job and matching them to your experiences is a great idea.
Develop a rapport with the interviewer – It is advisable to build a connection with your interviewer. Knowing about the interviewer’s background and developing a connection often increases your chances of getting hired. Interviewers tend to hire people they like and who are suitable for the organisational culture.
Research the company and show what you know – Companies generally have a lot of information about their history, mission, vision, values, culture and recent successes on their official website. You must go through these and explain how you will fit perfectly into the company. Your resume can back you up with this and help you establish what you can provide to the company.
Be ready well in advance – It is good to be prepared ahead of time rather than waiting for the last minute to pick an outfit or get extra copies of your resume. This helps you be ready for the interview even on short notice. Deciding in advance reduces anxiety before the interview and also saves you from using your brainpower.
Be on time – Reaching the venue of the interview early does not cause any harm. It is always a great idea to have buffer time in hand, in case anything goes wrong. Having a few extra minutes before the interview helps you calm down and be prepared for the interview.
Stay Calm – During the interview, it is essential that you stay calm and relaxed. Interviewers don’t just hire you based on your answers but also look out for your body language. Staying calm helps you give your best answers and do so with confidence.
Follow-up– It works wonders if you follow up with a thank-you note expressing your interest in the position. This must be done within twenty-four hours of the interview.
Write down a list of skills that you have, including ones you gained during your previous job and then ones you have a guess on and would like to learn. This list will help you objectively frame your career goals based on which you can make your career choices.
Match your resume to the company you’re applying. Every organization has different goals and needs. Choose from the skills you have the ones that would be beneficial to that company.
Have the strengths included in your resume have both technical skills specific to the job as well as soft skills such as communication, relationship-building, teamwork, balance, etc.
Have good job references. Make sure you and your previous employer are on good terms as references will play a massive role in the selection process.
Another referral beneficial to have is from existing employees in the company you’re looking to get hired. See if there are either alumni from your school/college or mutual friends that you can link up with and form connections.
In job interviews, know when to listen. We may forget to do so because of being so focused on conveying a particular message and image to the interviewer. However, it is equally important to know when to talk and when to stop talking and listen carefully without interrupting.
Don’t search for jobs only when you’re unemployed. Keep yourself updated, and on the lookout, so you don’t miss out possible opportunities. Set up job alerts by signing up on as many online recruitment sites as possible.
Keep checking for vacancies at all places possible. Newspapers, ad columns, supermarkets. If you are searching for any particular job then join certain groups on social media that will make it easier for you to find these specific jobs
Networking. The importance of networking cannot be emphasized enough. Find people who are influential enough to find you a job or are well experienced in the field of work you are interested in. It makes it easier to find a job when you know other people doing the job you want to do.
Attend workshops and events where there maybe opportunities for finding a job. Any place that is hosting a workshop or an event may at the end of it be announcing job or placement opportunities. Go for as many of these as possible.
Do not be scared to intern. Intern in as many different places as possible. If you are not intent upon finding a particular job and are open to anything that comes your way then even better. Keep interning at different places. This will not only help your resume but could also get you a job.
Remember to make yourself visible online. Social media presence matters and it matters even while applying for a job.
Remember to relax and not stress yourself too much. The more stressed you are for the job the more desperate you will seem.
Expect the job hunt to take a long time. The hunt for jobs is longer than the hunt for deer in the wild.