The job interview can be the most nerve-wracking part of the job search. Many applicants have found themselves sweating profusely and fumbling for answers throughout a job interview. And this might not leave such a good impression on the hiring manager.
It’s crucial to be composed and ready when you enter an interview. While it’s completely normal to be a little nervous, one should still know how to navigate through that and answer the interview questions. Here are some tips to help you leave a good impression at your job interview and land the job.
- Research the Company and Role
You should never go into a job interview unprepared. At the very least, you should know a good amount about the job you’re interviewing for.
Review the job listing and description so you can understand what qualities they’ll be looking for in an applicant. This can come in handy when the interviewer asks you to enumerate some of your strengths.
It’s also wise to do a little research on the company. This can help you answer the question “what made you interested in applying for this position?” and can give you a better understanding of what the company stands for in terms of its values and principles.
- Practice Answering Interview Questions
You can expect interviewers to ask a standard set of questions during the interview. It’s essential to know your answers to these questions and practice how you will deliver them. You don’t want to give an answer that’s too short. But on the other hand, you don’t want to go on and on to answer just a single question.
- Be Prepared for Your Interview
When you show up for your interview, you must show that you’re ready and prepared. Wear the appropriate interview attire and have copies of your resume in hand. Also, make sure you arrive at the office early so that you can have time to calm yourself down.
- Compose Yourself Before Answering
One mistake many applicants make is blurting out the first thing that comes to mind when asked a question. Give yourself a few seconds to compose yourself before you answer. You can take a deep breath to calm your nerves and organise your thoughts.
- Show Your Enthusiasm
Don’t let your nervousness show. While interviewers will expect you to be a bit nervous at first, you shouldn’t be a bundle of nerves throughout your interview. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be monotonous and robotic as well.
Strike a balance and show the hiring manager how enthusiastic you are about the job. Let them know you are passionate about what you do and that you are excited about this opportunity.
- Send a Follow-Up
Interviewers often don’t hear from the applicant once the interview is over. Stand out from your competition by sending a follow-up email or text message to your interviewer. The best way to do so is by sending a thank you email to them, letting them know you are grateful for the opportunity.
Job interviews can seem scary at first, but with the proper preparation and practice, you can breeze through your interview and impress the hiring manager. Avoid being frantic by doing your research, practising and taking a few seconds to calm yourself down before every question. When you remain calm and collected under pressure, the company will see you as an asset and a great addition to their team.
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