Job interviews: what you need to know

 

Interviewing is critical to landing a job. Prepare for the interview by anticipating questions and practicing your answers. Winging it rarely pays off. Making a great first impression is important, so be ready. Appear friendly, yet professional, and show enthusiasm. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. According to Inside Indiana Business, hiring executives say the most common mistake candidates make during job interviews is little or no knowledge of the company.

 

The three most important parts of the interview are:

1. Punctuality: Nothing will destroy your chances of getting the jo quicker than being late. If you don’t know the location of a company call for directions the day before and make a trial run that evening. Account for traffic in allotting the amount of time it will take to get to the organization. Try to arrive 15 minutes early. It displays your enthusiasm and makes a good first impression.

2. Appearance: An unprofessional wardrobe can make the difference in an interview. Interviewers won’t listen to what you have to say when they’re distracted by inappropriate dress, overbearing odors, or overly flashy jewelry. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveyed 457 employers who recruit new college graduates an an overwhelming 92% stated, “A candidate’s overall appearance influences their opinion about the candidate.” When in doubt, ask for advice from your networking list or ask the company representative when arranging the interview. Make sure you’re looking your best with appropriate, pressed attire. If you need to drink something before the interview, drink water so your clothe wont stain if you spill your drink.

3. Interview types: You could encounter many different kinds of job interviews with a variety of interview questions. Understanding them might help you better prepare for those questions.

 

Here are some of the most common types of interviews:

Telephone: This is usually a screening interview. They focus on skills rather than rapport. The goal is to review résumés and eliminate unqualified applicants. The best advice is to answer questions with skill-based responses. Phone interviews are important, so treat them that way. a good phone interview can lead to a face-to-face interview.

Face-to-face: This type of interview is offered to candidates who, from the screening interviews, meet the job requirements. a face-to-face interview helps determine if you will fit in with the supervisor, department, and company. During this interview, create a rapport with the interviewer and reinforce your abilities.

Lunch: This is often used when choosing high-profile positions, as well as jobs that interact with the public. It’s about more than simply minding your manners. Some tips are to order a light meal, focus on the interview and not the food, be polite to restaurant staff, and let the others in the party be your guide in choosing your price of meal to order.

Committee: This type of interview usually involves several members of a department or company who all have a say in the hiring process. Each person will have an opportunity to ask questions, and you should direct your answers to that person. You may not be able to develop a rapport in this situation, but you should try to be professional and personable.

 

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