How To Prepare For An Interview?
An interview is a conversation an employer has with the candidates in order to get to know them on a deeper level. The main motive is to evaluate whether the candidate is suitable for the job, the attitude and thought process of the candidate, and also whether the candidate will be useful to the company in achieving its mission and vision.
Candidates should look at interviews as an opportunity to showcase the best of themselves with alignment to the requirements of the employer. Since the employer has many candidates interviewing for the job, they take rounds in which they select better candidates for the next round to understand more about their applicants.
Since most of the interviews have a standard procedure, there are techniques to do better in an interview. Following these techniques, one can present themselves effectively in an interview.
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Preparing for common interview questions
There are some questions that are asked almost by every employer and can be prepared for in advance. The questions are majorly generic in order to understand the background of the candidate. Some Questions are asked as conversation starters, for example, Can you walk me through your resume? Or Can you please introduce yourself? Since there are many candidates applying for a particular role, the employer does not have enough time to go through each one’s resume and use this question to glance over the resume. It is important to cover the major selling points of your resume in your answer and the answer should not include personal information unless the employer asks a specific personal question.
Questions about strengths and weaknesses, goals and ambitions, hobbies, extracurricular activities etc., are used to understand the attitude of the candidate. Such common questions can be prepared in advance.
In order to give good answers to unprepared questions, one must be completely self-aware. Self-introspection helps in understanding our strengths and weaknesses and these can be used to deliver some impactful answers. Self-introspection will also help in answering situation-based questions in a better manner as you can think of examples related to the answer to make it more believable for the employer. Self-introspection with also help the candidates create out-of-the-box answers as those will be based on actual experiences.
Interviews can be tough if one doesn’t have a good command of the language. Even though the answers are good, articulation and presentation is the key. One must practice interview questions in English to boost communication skills.
Tip: Recoding yourself speaking or speaking in front of a mirror gives you a good sense of understanding about the areas of improvement to focus on. Prepare 25 general questions and practice them daily to trigger confidence and fluency in communication.
Researching the company
It is beneficial to read through the company website and understand the company’s products. The company website consists of the vision and mission statement of the company, its values, its initiatives, its work culture, and some recent achievements. All this information gives the advantage to mention these are examples of some of your answers in the interview. For example, if the interviewer asks about any news you recently read, you can talk about news related to the company which will give you an added advantage to impress the interviewer. Employers generally expect candidates to know about the company and its products.
It is also required to understand the job description to tailor your responses with alignment to the requirements of the job role.
Knowing your stories
There might be situations where unknowingly one can contradict their own statements. It is necessary to set our stories straight. Some positive examples from life experiences will help the interviewee to connect their answers to paint a picture in from of the interviewer. There may be so many positive incidents in our lives we tend to forget, but that is when we should try to consult our colleagues, family or friends to recollect some important experiences and string them together with the answers.
Sometimes the interviewer may ask questions that we might not have a good hold on. For example, are you a social worker? You may not have done social work in your life before, but for such questions, one should curate an answer that will look better in the eyes of the interviewer. It is not necessary, to tell the truth always. In these cases, some stories can be made to impress the interviewer. The stories should be believable and should have a good backup for any connecting questions that are asked. For example, if one says yes, the interviewer may have a counter question asking, which institute were you associated with? One must be prepared thoroughly for such situations well in advance.
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Prepare questions for the employer
Asking questions at the end of an interview gives the impression that the candidate is curious in nature and knows what he/she wants. On the other hand, not asking questions give an impression of disinterest or underconfidence. This is why it is obligatory to ask a question to the employer when you are given a chance.
Ask intelligent and specific questions, the questions should not be related to something that is already mentioned in the job description. The questions can be about a new initiative that the company is taking to improve its practices, that shows your interest in activities apart from work. Or one can also ask about the work culture and some other details like shift timings (if not mentioned in the job description).
If an aspirant profoundly works towards these steps, they can achieve better success from an interview. Following these steps will not only make you interview-ready but also build courage and evolve your personality.
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