- To make a good impression at an interview: Do your research, rehears, then relax.
- Practice ahead of time with sample questions and different interview styles.
- During the interview, be tactful, courteous, sincere, polite and knowledgeable about the organization and what you have to offer it.
- Always send a follow-up thank you letter to the interviewer
- Apply P5 “Proper Preparation Prevent Poor Performance.”
You have just applied for a new job. You have been invited to come in for interview .
Your resume, cover letter and good use of networking contacts have brought you this far. Now do your research, rehearse and relax. If you’ve had interview experience through 4 years, you’re ahead of the interview
Here are some tips to help you make a good impression.
1. FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION.
Learn as much as you can about the job and the interviewing organization. Evaluate/check your own knowledge, skills and abilities and think about how you can conquer the interviewer. Remember to get at least 95% information about the job, ahead of time.
2. INTERVIEW STYLES
After studying the type of job and the organization it is now left for you to know the interview style.
Be prepared for a variety of interview styles. Some interviewers simply ask questions from a list, some use a conversational style, and others may just say something like, “Tell me about yourself and why you want this job.” You may be asked where and where you have worked before and why you left your formal job. And also how much would you want to be paid. Pleas don’t forget this mental question, I always come across it. The interviewer will ask “Why should we hire you?”
3. DRESSING CODE
Appearance matters a lot. I could remember what my brother always hit on my ear, each time I want to go out, “That your appearance is your Identity Card ( I D )”. That people knows your worth by your dressing, for that reason he would always want me to look nice.
Plan how you will look. Dress conservatively and comfortably. Being clean and neat is most important. Plan ahead so that you will not be worried on the type of cloth, shoe, tie or watch to wear
Remember To: Iron your clothes, Tie, Polish your shoe and Apply perfume
4. LET THEM KNOW THE REASONS WHY YOU WANT THE JOB.
Prepare to go into every interview with three to six key reasons in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the job. Have an example of each reasons prepared And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, and what abilities it requires that you possess. If an interviewer doesn’t think you’re really, really interested in the job, he or she won’t give you an offer – no matter how good you are!
5. Be Positive Minded.
Think positive. Remember don’t dwell on negative experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks you, “What did you like least about that previous job?” don’t answer the question. Or more specifically, don’t answer it as it’s been asked.
6. Speak the common language (English Language).
Dress appropriately, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, have good posture, speak clearly,
7. Be Time Conscious
Work with time. Make sure you come at least one hour before the interview time, so that you can put yourself / mind in other.
Remember practice make perfect. List your skills, talents and experiences that directly apply to this opportunity, as well as any hobbies that relate to it, so you can tell the interviewer(s) about what you can do. Plan and practice some answers, especially in front of a mirror.
9. During the interview.
Arrive early, calm your nerves, greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, Answer questions early and completely, Thank the interviewer at the end.
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