Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Prepare for Interview

It is not very easy to prepare for an interview. The way to crack a job interview is not just by giving answers, but the ‘right’ answers with point to point answers. For explaining answers in better way, the knowledge and the practice of job interview is an essential thing. Often, Interviewees commit one big mistake that is to answer the question which he does not know at all. In this case, simply say, I do not know than giving wrong answer. When the interviewer finds that he is trying to mislead him, he becomes irated and just ignore such a candidate by saying that you will be called later. Here are some important tips on how to get it right.

Create a strong and good looking resume. Build a compelling case on why you fit the job role:
The presentation of your Resume should be attractive and all the academic information should be mentioned in chronical order. The process of giving a job winning interview starts by forming a strong resume. A resume gives first impression in the mind of the Interviewer and works as an entrance test to get an interview. A candidates resume should be clean, concise and convey strong points in fewer words. For example, instead of saying, “I am an exceptional guitarist”, one can say, “I was the lead guitarist of an award winning rock band back in college”.

Collect some information of your potential employer
Every recruiter wants a candiate to have prior knowledge of the organization. So you should collect some basic knowledge about the organization by visiting the websites of the company that you are contemplating joining. it is advisable to do a primary research before going. After all, the employer has lots of interviewees and they have many options to choose other one. Always, try to some extra ordinary that you posses and others not.

Highlight your strengths & experience
During an interview it is important to highlight one’s strengths and experiences that appropriately fit the needs of the role. The employer will be assessing the interviewee’s fitment with the job role, and in order to respond appropriately, one needs to understand the specific needs and expertise relevant to the position one is applying for. Never criticize your current employer: There is a saying ‘whatever goes around, comes back,’ it is never helpful to criticize your current employer and cite that as one of the reasons for changing your job. You may be talking about your prospective employer the same way in the coming years. It is helpful to focus on the lack of challenges in current job fit not being in line with your career aspirations, want of greater responsibilities and the learning opportunities your new employer offers as some of the reasons for seeing a change.

Be confident
One should always remember to be fiercely confident, show willingness and enthusiasm for the job and appear as a genuine person who loves what he/she does.

Prepare and remember new updates
Before the critical day it is helpful to prepare by reading your resume critically, reading up your prospective employer and speaking to your consultant in detail about the job & employer. Remember opportunity knocks only once, better be prepared to interview with it.