An important aspect in applying for a job is the interview that you have to go through and get through successfully, for you to be able to bag the job that you have been eying.
If you reach interview phase of the job hunting process, it can be said that you have reached first base, and it is very necessary to be fully prepared for it so you can move on until you are finally hired.
If this is your first time for a job interview, some degree of stress and nervousness is but natural, but you can easily overcome it by getting yourself fully prepared for whatever questions that you may have to answer.
Here are some of the practical interview tips that you can follow, which may include the following:
1. Practice for the Interview – Get hold of a list of job interview questions that most employers ask of job applicants. You know best what you are good at, so maximize this without sounding boastful about it.
Practice how you will be able to get this across to the interviewer in a calm manner. Being calm during the interview is one way to impress any job interviewer.
2. Prepare what you know about the Company – Prepare a response thoroughly when you will be asked the question "What do you know about our company?” Most of these facts about any company are found in the “About Us” portion of any company’s website which you can easily access.
You can even have the interviewer's name as the website may also have a listing of a firm’s staff including those who are responsible in hiring people. Knowing about the company that you are interested to join is already a big plus when you are interviewed.
3. Watch job interview tips videos – To get an idea and a feel of the actual interview situation, especially if you are a first timer in this thing. Doing this will give you the confidence to answer the questions better – you will likely hear the usual interview questions in these videos.
4. Be on time for your interview – Being on time for the interview is the most important thing, as one who comes late will surely flunk an interview, if ever he gets to be interviewed at all.
Firms normally do not want tardy people and this can be best gauged just in the scheduled interview. Be at the company’s premises well ahead of your interview time to be sure you will be there when the interviewer calls for you.
5. Dress properly – Make sure that you are in proper attire for interview. You should also have all the necessary documents that may be asked for and be ready to take down notes when necessary.
6. Stay calm and composed - During the actual job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. It is natural to have some initial nervousness, but your prior preparation should be able to help you overcome it after a while. As long as you have done your practice in answering the interview questions, there should be no reason to be scared at all.
If ever there will be a question that you have not prepared for, be sincere by telling the interviewer straight that you do not know the answer. That will be better than trying to fool him with a nonsensical answer. He will appreciate you more if you are candid enough. At least he will know the kind of person that you are – he may not really want anything to do with a quibbler, or one who cannot be mature enough to tell the truth when needed.