The interview is a crucial area, it is not enough to show up for the meeting, hoping that inspiration will hit you..while a well-crafted resume will definitely help carry you to first base, it is the interview that will ultimately bring you to home base or lead you to a strikeout..Therefore, knowing how to play the interview cat and mouse game cannot be overemphasized.
So, now i would like to share 10 rules for a winning interview performance :
1. Come prepared
Research beforehand on the company's services, products and operations-get the details from their annual report or website. This way you will be able to intelligently discuss how your talent, skills, and experience can help reach their organizational goals. Bring along additional materials for a successful presentation, such an extra resume and work samples.
2. Arrive early
The horrendous traffic is no excuse to be late to your appointment and thus earn debit points from the start. Leave for the interview at least one hour earlier than necessary to cope with any contingencies such as motor breakdown, flat tyre, traffic jams and poor weather.
3. Dress smart
Remember what they say about first impressions? You may be tempted in this casual-dress down, but be warned that conservative business suits still rule the hiring day. Formal clothes show you consider the interview important enough to have taken pains to dress up.
4. Reply calmly
Due to overeagerness or nervousness, some candidates blurt out their response even before the question sinks in, thus giving half-baked answers. Listen carefully and organize your thoughts before answering. If you've done your homework, you will have ready answers for some of the standard questions thrown your way.
5. Dont shout your ex-boss
It's amazing how some candidates think they can win sympathy points from the interviewer by ranting against an erst-while employer. On the contrary, this will mark you as a potential troublemaker and raise serious doubts the real reason you left your job. Concentrate on elaborating your own accomplishments and squash any impulse to gripe.
6. Focus on the company's interest
Of course, we'd love a dream job offer bundled with a fantastic pay package but you must not say that. Dont go to the interview intent on extracting information from the interviewer about what the firm can give you. Remember that you are marketing yourself, so strive to convince the employer you're their best bet.
7. Dont talk money too soon
Making salary inquiries during the first interview is a big no-no. It gives the interviewer an inkling into what your utmost consideration is. Dont broach the topic until you receive a definite offer. And find out before-hand what the salary scale is for the position to negotiate effectively.
8. Ask away
If the recruiter inquiries, "Do you have any questions?" take him up on it. Good questions to pose include those on the company's directions, plans, culture, the specifics and expectations of the job, and those along a similar vein to underline your keen interest in the firm and the position.
9. Dont act desperate or apologetic
Jobs are hard to find, its true, but have some pride. Dont reveal an overeagerness to please or an overwillingness to accept everything. Maintain a good posture, extend a firm handshake, flash friendly teeth, and strive for an alert and confident attitude.
10. Observe proper etiquette
Interviewing requires following certain practices such as maintaining eye contact and wearing formal clothing. But more than that, sending a thank you letter after the interview shows basic courtesy and proof of your sincere interest in the position.
p/s : it's my turn to find a job..=)