Five tips for a successful job interview
Contributed, Dec. 14, 2018, 3:24 p.m.
A job interview is a vital part of the process. -123RF
It looks like your resume wasn’t put at the bottom of the pile; you’ve been called in for an interview!
When you find out you’re on the short list of candidates for your dream job, it’s only normal to be stressed.
Not feeling that way would in fact be a bad sign, unless, of course, you’re used to this sort of meeting.
A job interview is a vital part of the process, for which you have to prepare both mentally and physically. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Punctuality, politeness and looking smart are essentials that are not included in your resume, but they are big factors in getting further in the process. Feel free to consult a family member for advice if this is your first job interview.
Read up on the company. Think of questions you might ask about the company during the interview. Wait for the right time to ask them, bearing in mind that you are not the person in charge of the meeting and conversation flow.
A job interview is not a questionnaire with multiple choice answers. You must answer all questions, while remaining honest, positive, and constructive. Hesitating from time to time will not be interpreted as a failing. Thinking before answering demonstrates that you are interested in the question.
In your answers, show how your skills, strengths, ambitions, and particular interest in this company can be of benefit to the employer. Without actually saying so outright, demonstrate that you are the best candidate on the list.
Be ready to discuss working conditions, including salary. Opening the door to such a discussion will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Lastly, do not hesitate to ask what the follow-up to this interview will be. This is a question that deserves an honest and accurate answer.
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