Article since : 03 June 2016
Whether you are applying for internship or a vacant position in a company, you must be aware that you must submit your résumé first. Most of the time, you have to wait while they review your résumé. How long do you need to wait? It varies. So, if they are interested on your resume, it is highly probable that they will contact you for an interview.
First of all, what is interview (in terms of job seeking)? If we could put it simply, it is a formalized conversation with the purpose of finding out whether you are suitable for the position or not. But keep in mind that it is a two-way process. What does it mean? It is not only about the company finding the perfect candidate but also about you finding out whether you want to work for the company or not.
What do you have to do when you get a call for interview? Prepare yourself! You must keep in mind that preparation is your best weapon in facing any situation. So, what should you do? These are the things you need to prepare prior an interview:
Now, we bet you are wondering where the list of FAQ is. It is better if you practice to answer these questions below, but during the interview do not answer it like you have memorized it before, act naturally.
The interviewer will evaluate your attitude and answers. So be confident yet still humble. As stated in the beginning of the article, an interview is also about you finding out whether you really want to work in the company or not. So, when the interviewer gives you time to ask questions, do not hesitate but be well-mannered and ask questions that are relevant. What are the possible questions? See below.
Usually, when you are given time to ask, you are close to the end of the interview. How would you close it? You can consider “Actually, I’d like to know how I should proceed.” What should you do after an interview? Here is our advice:
If we can summarize what you have to prepare and how to succeed in your interview, perhaps the following do’s and don’ts can help.
Besides knowing the do’s and don’ts, you have to be aware that there are negative factors that will affect the interviewer’s judgment: poor personal appearance, over bearing, over aggressive, superiority complex, inability to express thoughts clearly, lack of planning for career, lack of interest & enthusiasm, and lack of maturity. You may want to put it into consideration.
We want to emphasize that preparation for interview does not begin one week before the interview date but at the time you decide your career. For some, it may be right from their school and for some during university. Work on it right from the beginning. In addition, you have to prepare yourself in advance. Improve your written and verbal communication skills. Don’t forget to develop your confidence level through active participation in extracurricular. You may want to develop some other interest which makes you unique.
So, prepare yourself well for the professional world, not just for an interview.