How to prepare for an Interview

Now-a-days getting selected in job is like hiking. Though you are best at skills, you need to give the best in the interview is very important. You have to prepare for the interview from the time of application you had submitted online. Gather information as much as you can about the company that you are applying to.

Here I have mentioned few important things for you to check before attending for an interview:

  • Research the company and industry…
  • Compare your skills and job requirements (it will help to improvise the skills based on the job requirement)
  • Prepare the stories
  • Wear formals
  • Bring copies of resume and also necessary documents
  • Be on time (which is really important to not to miss the chance)
  • Pay attention on your communication
  • Take care of your answers
  • Have smile always
  • Ask questions (if necessary)
  • Follow up

Resume Writing tips:

There are plenty of resume writing tips online. Everyone has their own opinion on writing the resume. Also common mistakes will happen while writing a resume, to avoid such mistakes, prepare a paper with important points to put on resume. Once done, you can check the points whether all are covered or not. I have gathered some tips to give you some information to prepare the best selling resume.

First we start with bad tips which we have to be very careful.

Bad tip #1: Stick to one-page resumes

Sure – if you’re a recent graduate or early career professional, this tip is valid. If you don’t have enough experience and skills to fill up more than one page, it makes sense to actively distill what you want to say to meet that one-page cut-off. However, if getting your resume down to one page would require you to erase a huge chunk of your employment history, think twice.

Bad tip #2: You don’t need a cover letter

If you want an example of outright bad advice, this is it. You really do need a cover letter. For one, it’s often required – plain and simple. What’s more, writing a cover letter – even when not explicitly required – speaks volumes about your enthusiasm and motivation to get that job. Attaching a unique, tailored letter suggests you’re not spamming several recruiters about similar posts.

Bad tip #3: Don’t write resume objectives

Some experts argue that writing a resume objective will sabotage your job-seeking efforts. What they’re really saying is that a bad resume objective will hurt your prospects.

A good resume objective, on the other hand, will serve as a nifty reminder of who you are and what you can do. It will let the recruiter know that you’re in the right pile, it will clarify your intentions, and – if done right – can win the hiring manger over.

Bad tip #4: Never include a hobbies section

Ah, the hobby section. For some, a relic of the nineties – a time when you were supposed to come off as an actual human. For others, it’s simply a waste of space.

It makes sense to add this section when applying for certain jobs in specific companies. Some employers have specific expectations of cultural fit, and if you’ve got interests and passions that match the vibe they’re putting out, perfect.

Bad tip #5: Skip the soft skills

Sure, excellent written and verbal communication, the ability to multitask, and professionalism can apply to just about anyone who has ever held a job.

Here are few important tips to create the best resume:

  • Contact information
  • Online presence
  • Sample job descriptions
  • Technical skills and proficiency
  • Your professional experience
    • For each role, list the following information:
      • Company Name and URL
      • Job Title: If your title is very specific to your organization, you can include a translation of sorts in parentheses next to your official job title.
      • Start and End Dates: Include the month and year for each of these dates.
      • Job Description: Think about your roles and responsibilities as they relate to your target role. This is especially important if you’d like to change careers. Include details such as how many people you managed or supervised, the territories you covered, etc.
      • Achievements: Brainstorm a list of your accomplishments and major contributions that benefited the organization during your tenure. The number of achievements you provide will depend upon how long you remained in that role and how relevant it is to your current job goals. Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible; for instance, how did you help save the company money, generate revenue, improve customer satisfaction, increase productivity, and so forth?
  • Early career history
  • Volunteer work (if any)
  • Professional affiliations
  • Language skills
  • Education and professional development
  • Third-party feedback

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Interview Mistakes

Never have first impressions mattered more than when interviewing for a job. Competition for vacancies is fierce and for every position you apply for you’ll be up against a number of talented graduates.

It’s essential to use this opportunity to showcase your best qualities, and ensure that you’re memorable for all the right reasons. Nerves do play their part in the interview process and everyone has areas that they could improve upon. However, more often than not it’s the most preventable errors that cost you the job.

To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, follow our advice and avoid these common interview pitfalls.

1. Arriving unprepared

Preparation before an interview is crucial to arriving confident and ready to tackle the interviewer’s questions.

Read up on the company’s background, its place in the market and its competitors, and familiarize yourself with its key members. Make sure that you fully understand the role on offer. Failing to do so will make you look lazy and uninterested.

Sometimes delays are unavoidable and as long as the circumstances are out of your control they shouldn’t take you out of the running. Take the details of your interview contact with you so you can let them know if you encounter any problems on your way.

2. Dressing inappropriately

Being well presented is a must so choose your outfit carefully. Clothes should be clean and freshly ironed. Turning up in ripped jeans and a pair of trainers hardly gives a professional impression.

Knowing the type of company you have applied to should give you a clue as to the dress code for example, in legal or business firms dress is usually more formal, while in creative companies or IT the dress code is more relaxed. However, if in doubt always err on the side of caution. It’s better to go too formal than not formal enough.

If you’d wear the same or a similar outfit on a night out or on the weekend you may want to rethink your choice.

You need to make sure that you look the part and still feel confident.

3. Talking too much or not enough

Learning to strike a balance between talking too much and talking too little can be a challenge. Taking part in practice interviews with your university careers service can really help to ensure that you give the right amount of information.

Also take mock-up interviews online. There are lot of websites, which are providing mock interviews for the job seekers. I will post them soon to help you.

Employers understand that nerves play a part in the process so if your mind goes completely blank politely ask for a couple of seconds to gather your thoughts or ask if it’s ok to come back to the question at the end, once you’ve had some time to think.

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4. Criticizing previous employers or colleagues

Complaining about colleagues, drawing attention to the negative aspects of your previous or current job or moaning about your superiors is a sure-fire way to blow your chances of success. This gives employers the wrong impression of you and makes them question what you’d say about them in similar circumstances.

No matter the reason for you leaving your previous or current employment, always be diplomatic. You don’t want potential employers to think of you as disloyal or complaining.Instead of highlighting the mistakes of others, emphasize the positive steps you took in order to overcome them. This shows how proactive you can be.

5. Failing to ask questions

As the interview draws to a close the recruiter will ask if you have any questions you’d like to ask them. It’s never a good idea to say no. This is your opportunity to get answers to your queries about the role and the company so don’t waste it. Asking a couple of relevant questions shows your interest in the role. You could ask about any current major projects your team is working on, progression opportunities or where the company sees itself in five years’ time.

Avoid asking what the company does (you should have done your research), how much paid leave you’re entitled to and how soon you can book holidays, if you can work from home, or if you’ve got the job. Also avoid asking a question if the answer has already been covered during the interview.

Try where possible to prepare two or three questions; that way you’ve always got a backup.

Interview Tips to make you strong

Attending for an interview to a company means show casing your skills and talent like a presentation. Just as important, it is your chance to evaluate the company’s fit for you. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the interview and make a strong impression:

All Interviews

  • Be ready to discuss your strengths, expertise and any experience that appears on your resume.
  • Review what you know, such as the job description. Look online for websites, blogs and other online communities related to the group or position.
  • Go prepared with 3 to 5 meaningful questions for your interviewers. Questions demonstrate your level of understanding, your interests and your passions—and help you learn about the company. So don’t hold back.
  • Interviewing can be intense both physically and mentally. To be at your best on interview day, make sure you are well-rested.
  • Be ready to show your thinking and explain how you came up with a solution to a technical issue, design question, or problem-solving puzzle.
  • A few days before the interview, spend some time learning about the company’s mission, vision, values, business focus and culture. You can learn a lot about the company by visiting the company website and social media channels (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube & Glassdoor). While you’re there, make sure to follow the company on the social sites to stay connected.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself during the interview, highlighting your experiences, strengths, career aspirations and what makes you a strong candidate for the position and the company. Tactfully demonstrate what you have learned about the company from all of your research.
  • Here are some questions to ask yourself before the interview:  
    • What are your short, mid and long-term career aspirations?
    • Do you understand the position for which you are applying?
    • What are your weaknesses and why? What are you actively doing to address these weaknesses?

Communicate during the interview why you are interested in the position and working for the company. Be prepared to ask questions. Remember, you are interviewing the team and company to assess how well it aligns with your career aspirations. Learning how the position aligns with your expectations, the culture within the team and organization, opportunities for long-term career growth and development opportunities will allow you to determine if the position is your top choice. Prepare between three to five questions to ask during the interview.

Practice! Think about the questions that are typically asked during an interview and how you would respond. If this is your first interview, have a friend ask you some questions and provide feedback.

How you follow up after an interview can help to distinguish you from the other applicants. At the end of the interview, do not forget to ask for a business card so you can send a thank-you email within 24 hours.

Phone Interviews

  • Ensure that you have a quiet place with strong cell phone reception. Scheduling a conference room at a local library or hotel can provide a well-suited environment.
  • Consider using a headset with your phone so that you can take notes and reduce the stress on your arm when holding the phone for an extended period.
  • Before your interview, write down a list of attributes that you would like to communicate during this initial interview as well as questions that you would like to ask.
  • Approximately 10 minutes before your interview set up your workspace. Consider having a pen, notepad, a glass of water, the list of attributes and questions and a copy of the job description for the position you are being interviewed. Phone interviews also provide the opportunity to for you to reference personal materials—have your resume handy and a list of accomplishments ready!
  • If using a conference number, begin dialing in approximately one minute before your interview so that you are ready to start on time. Allot 10 to 15 minutes after the scheduled interview in case the interview goes passed the scheduled time, for summarizing your thoughts and recording questions you would like to ask during the next interview.