The hardest part is over, the resumes have been sent, phone calls have been exchanged, appointments made and now all there is left to do is to show up for the job interview that could very well be what separates you from the job of a lifetime. How well you do and whether you get in or not doesn’t just depend on your professional capabilities. Understanding how to correctly prepare for a job interview is also pivotal, as is how well you do on your interview – social aspects are as important as your capabilities so it’s paramount that you make a lasting impression, and a good one at that.
First and foremost you need to analyze the job you are applying for- what about the job makes you want to have it, why you feel you are the best candidate. The key is to show your potential employer why you and you alone are the best man or woman for the position and how the company could benefit from hiring you. After analyzing the position, the next step is researching the company and understanding what they are about and how they conduct business. If you are familiar with the company, its achievements and maybe part of its managing staff it will be much easier to ask questions yourself and show the job interviewer that you are not just after a job, but after this job, with this company.
Job Interview practice should also be something you focus on. Make a list of the most frequent asked questions and prepare answers as honestly and completely as you can. There are lists on the internet with all the questions you can think of as well as answer possibilities so that you aren’t caught off guard.
Appearance is another thing you should concern yourself with: an interview outfit should be carefully selected and should meet a series of requirements. First of all, business attire is a must for both men and women. A suit will never go wrong regardless of the situation, paired with a white shirt and an elegant tie and you’re already perfect. Women have some choices, from statement dresses (as long as they are tasteful and modest) to a suit or a sweater and a skirt, as long as it is within the limits of decency and elegance, you’re good to go. Make sure you go easy on the make-up and cologne so that your first impression isn’t a negative one (many employers may find you shallow if you go overboard where make up, hair and accessories are concerned).
Remember etiquette! If you want to apply out advice on how to correctly prepare for a job interview, greet everyone openly, pleasantly and enthusiastically regardless of their position within the company. These details matter more than you think so make sure that you show potential employers that you would fit excellently in their company and would get along perfectly with other employees. Body language is also important: be sure to have a firm and steady handshake, show interest, always face your interviewer, stand up straight, appear interested and always be engaged in the conversation.
It goes without saying that punctuality is paramount. The ideal situation is arriving a few minutes early and making sure you are not sweaty after having run 10 blocks to be on time. So take the necessary precautions and make it your priority to be on time.
Your job interview is not just about impressing your potential employer, it’s also about showing them who you are so let him see your personality because in the end, his decision will also be swayed if he finds qualities about you that he could benefit from within his company, and being friendly, social, assertive and caring will go a long way in an interview even if it doesn’t seem so likely.