Interviewing for a job can be a daunting task. There are so many questions, and of course you don’t want to answer them incorrectly or mess up on your answers! So how do you know what type of questions or topics to prepare for? And what should you avoid?
In this article, we will share with you the most important things that it’s important for you to know about preparing for a job interview. You’ll learn about some blunt truths that likely won’t make the candidate happy, but it is a necessary evil. Prepare yourself accordingly and find out how these secrets can also help with your future career as well as save time interviewing people in the future.
Things to Consider in a Job Interview
Don’t expect everything to go as expected
Most of the time, job interviews will not go as planned. Employers will not give you all the answers, and they might even ask you questions that you don’t expect or that you didn’t prepare for. So for instance, if the employer puts on a black suit and tie, he is most likely expecting a British person. British people think they are supposed to look a certain way when they meet a new employer or someone they need to speak to. They also believe that an employer has an image of how their employees look like – tall and slim – so dressing up is expected whether it is practical or not! So prepare yourself accordingly that this will happen most of the time.
Don’t come to the interview unprepared
If you want to be taken seriously, then you need to prepare yourself well for the job interviews. You can’t believe that an employer will like someone who didn’t even bother doing the most basic preparation, like checking out the company website or reading about them beforehand. If you are looking for a job in an international company, at least Google it and see what sort of information is available on the Internet about them. It helps if you know something about your prospective employer like their mission statement or even their office address (which may not be much).
Impress the employer with your knowledge
So you are walking into the interview feeling confident and ready with your prepared questions. But how do you impress the employer in just one minute? Start off very confidently, and know exactly what you want to talk about. If they ask you a question that is related to your previous experiences, then just say something like “yes” or something related with that fit in what they are asking even if it’s not part of your job description. If they ask about something completely irrelevant to what you are interviewing for, then make it sound redeeming, like “I am very interested in learning more about this business.” This will give an impression of being prepared on their topic of interest.
How not to behave in a job interview?
Are you really looking for a job? Don’t do these interview mistakes.
There are some things you need to avoid if you want to get the job, which will help both your interviewer and yourself. You want people to be impressed with your sense of professionalism and not with your bumbling behavior.
Do not be late at any cost
You want to show the interviewer that you are a responsible person and of course, punctuality. Be early for your interview. If your schedule is really tight, consider taking a taxi from the airport to the office. That way, the driver will know that you are coming and get there early too.
Don’t ask about salary or benefits during an interview
This is a very sensitive question and it should be avoided in most cases. Your interviewer will know if you expect him or her to talk about these issues during the interview or if you already have these in mind and barged in for this purpose (which looks like cheating).
Don’t ask about the job position
Your interviewer is interested in your personality and skills, not the details of a job. You don’t want to talk about a job position to a person who does not have a clue what you mean. Instead, let the interviewer come to this conclusion.
Don’t request interview time off to take care of personal matters
Employers have very busy schedules and you should remember that they can’t save time for you if they won’t save time for themselves. Similarly, if they are having meetings or plans with other employees, then there’s no point asking them to meet with you for interview purposes.
If you want to be taken seriously, prepare yourself hard and well for the job interview. And don’t try to be “Over-smart and filmy” – it is just not going to work in real life.