How to prepare for an interview?
Having written a good resume, when you are called for a one to one interview, it is very important that you prepare well in advance. Preparing mentally and physically is equally important. Within the short frame of time, what you convey during the interview is what decide your appointment.
Gather maximum information about the company
The company, its goal, the job title, the requirements of the job and the expectations of the company are to be studied in detail. Knowledge of the company makes you strong when it comes to an interview. Scan through all the sources -websites, social media pages, newspaper, internet etc., to get complete knowledge about the company. Identify the current achievements of the company, its main competition, the challenges faced in the present scenario and the steps taken by the company to handle these situations. The information sources you choose should be reliable.
Job title, job profile and job requisites
When you opt for a particular job title, even before you apply, get into the meticulous details to understand if you would fit into it without any shortcomings. Get a complete job profile to understand the duties to be accomplished. This gives a fair idea of the challenges ahead. Make a plan and strategize as to how you will excel in the job title handling the challenges. This mental preparation will help you not only during the interview but also during the work.
Evaluation of Personal qualities and skills
Understanding the job profile, jot down your personal qualities, traits and the acquired skills will help you to successfully manage the job requisites with ease. You might lack some skills that would help you to excel in the job title. Take necessary steps to acquire the skills. Also, list down the challenges that you foresee and arrive at the pertinent solutions. Always make your plans inline with the company’s perspective.
Boost your Confidence levels
Get rid of anxiety by exercising, meditating, listening to music before the interview. Plan in advance and pay attention to the etiquette details. Prepare for the interview questions with answers that highlight your specific skills. To maintain clarity in speech and your decibel levels, rehearse thoroughly. Relax and pause before answering to take a few seconds to prepare your mind. Answer spontaneously exhibiting confidence in your ideas. The confidence level has to be maintained even during odd circumstances to display your decorum.
Prepare relevant and specific questions
Prepare questions that would be of importance when you will take up the job. Make sure these questions are not put forth out of ignorance. Let the questions relate to the future plans of the company or they could relate to a recent challenge the company faced due to its competition. This will give you a better insight about the company’s stand in this regard. It will highlight your future oriented approach to the employer.