Interview Complete Guidelines 2017

Things You Need to Know About Job Interview

When an employer decided, through reviewing your resume and cover letter, that you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in their organization, they will invite you for a job interview.

The interview is designed to closely check your skills, experience and motivation to decide whether you are a good fit for the organization.Interviewing is the most personal part of the job search process because it involves assessing whether a candidate will work well with the company culture.

Fit can be measured by evaluating a candidates interpersonal skills, interests, and general presentation. With research and proper preparation, you can show why you are the right candidate for the position.

While an interview is typically viewed primarily as an evacuation of the candidates, you should also consider it as opportunity for you to know more about the employer

There is a great deal of information you can gather through research, but there are many aspects of a job and an organization that you can only discover by speaking with the employer and observing the environment.

At the end of the interview, you can ask question such as role, division, organization, industry and etc. 

Throughout the interview, you can observe the people and office space to get a sense of the culture.

Before the Interview

It’s a good practice to have some preparation before going for an interview. This is a checklist for your reference.

1. Read the Company profile / website

Before you go for an interview, try to do some research about the company. Because the more you know about them, the better prepared and confident you will be. Doing research also demonstrates how interested you are in a specific position or organization.

2. Read the job description

Read the job description again so that you will have some idea about the job and relate it with your skills. This will help to refresh your memory about the experience and skills you can elaborate on.

3. Choose appropriate clothes

Wear an outfit that reflects the company you are about to apply.

4. Plan your trip

Plan your trip in advance especially if you never been there before. Check your journey and leave with plenty of time to spare, better to be early than late for the interview.

5. Prepare some questions

It is always a good idea to have some questions ready to ask, below is some suggestions if you do not have any:

What are your strengths and weaknesses against your competitor?
What opportunities are there for advancement or training?

During the Interview

You had made it to an interview. This is some tips to have a successful interview.

Relax and enjoy the conversation.

Be enthusiastic. Show some enjoyment and interest. Bringing energy to the interview will help you and also the interviewer.

Be professional. Show that you are professional for example by asking how you may address the interviewer: Mr, Ms or first name.

Listen carefully to the interviewer and answer the question asked.

Learn what you can about the company and whether you would like to work there

Before the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for his/her time and find out what the next step will be.

After the Interview

Congratulations, as you had finished the hard part!. But these is a minor things that you can perform to push the limit.

Evaluate on the question asked and find things that you can improve on the next interview.

Follow-up in 1-2 weeks if you do not receive any update. This will show your continued interest on the position.