How to prepare for Job interviews?

Job interviews are often looked upon as the brutal process to turn down candidates who came with high hopes and go back sulking at the end of a tiresome day. Now, often it is an equally exhausting task for the employers who are compelled to interview the candidates who have come completely unprepared.

Generally job interviews are conducted by a panel of judges who test the knowledge, mental ability, personality, education, experience, maturity and interests of an applicant before initiating an offer of employment to the particular candidate. To trim down the stress, you should understand very well how to get prepared for an interview and then follow a methodical process to crack the same.

Preparing for interview questions:

  • Practicing the type of questions and answers most likely to be asked during an interview is the first step. It includes studying the rules and regulations of the particular company you are applying for and preparing the obvious questions which should be answered in a different way to create an imposing firsthand impression.
  • You should acquire up to date general knowledge in current affairs as these are the commonest questions asked during any type of job interview.
  • While preparing for an interview, you should be ready to face the most unexpected circumstance as in many cases the panel may ask the candidate to solve a case-study or explain a detailed presentation that is somehow associated with his roles and responsibilities in the organization. These are done to test the ability of a candidate to cope with stressful and unprecedented situations.
  • Researching about the company’s background as well as having a clear cut idea about the finance, market, goals, competitors and status is of utmost importance. While you prepare interview questions, secure a section for general information on the company as well as your possible roles and responsibilities.
  • Having a clear understanding of the post and its significance for the company is beneficial as it helps you to face the questions of the panel smartly and answering them with confidence goes a long way in gaining good impression of the employer.

Self-assessment as a part of preparation:

You should examine your skills and accomplishments as an employee of your previous company and check to see if they match up to your long term career plans. It will help you gain clear insight of your future goals.  Self-assessment is necessary for understanding your capabilities and how well you can manage while serving in the post you have applied for. It will also help the panel to know of your experience and interest which in turn builds confidence in your favor.

Updating Resume

The resume is the first impression of candidate’s qualities. Hence an impressive resume for the interview is important.

Dressing for an Interview:

  • Putting on decent formal attire particularly following Western dress code is an important criterion while you prepare job interview. But overtly formal dress-up like wearing expensive suits is not recommended as this might create an impression of over-confidence on the employer.
  • For women, the makeup and jewelry should be simple and sober for an interview. Highly fashionable attire and expensive jewelry can have an adverse effect on your impression.

Though getting extra conscious about how to get prepared for an interview is not necessary; however great attention should be paid to each and every detail. For example the shirt and trousers should be properly ironed so that you are not at a loss as to what to wear on the day of your interview. Your shoes should be polished and hair combed gently.

October 4, 2011