Handling your interview

Handling your interview

How to do a good interview, know your CV inside out.

 

As the popular saying goes, if you fail to plan, you inherently plan to fail. Most people have had their own fair share of ‘forgettable’ interview moments, we’ve all been there. However, moving forward, here are some vital tips to keep in mind before facing a prospective employer in an interview room again.

 

Start Well

First impression is key. Do not start an interview nervous and shaky. It is important that you get off to a confident start; a firm handshake, use short and simple sentences, sit in a comfortable position, be eloquent and most of all be optimistic and confident.

 

Come Prepared

Do not come with the possibility of meeting a friendly interviewer or one that smiles happily. Ensure you come with the mindset of building a rapport with your interviewer, regardless of their attitude or look. Adapt their style to asking questions or decorum to yours. Above all, be yourself and be or at least appear confident.

 

Study Your CV

Ensure you know every detail included in your CV. Be prepared to explain further about some certain skill or certification if a random question is thrown at you. A good rule to follow is to not include anything in your CV that you cannot confidently explain or define.

 

Rehearse Answers

While you should not speak like an automated robot, you should have a fair idea of how to answer some very common interview questions like tell me about yourself? Why did you apply for this position? Amongst others. Ensure you give relevant backing for your every answer.

 

Anticipate the Situation

You can try to influence your next set of questions by slowly chipping in slightly ‘vague’ answers with the hope that the interviewer will ask you more about it next. For example; you can mention that a course you took six months ago will give you an added edge for your position. Hopefully, the interviewer will want to know more about the ‘course.’

 

Rethink Your Words

Do not ramble on, especially when you are no Einstein on the subject. If you do not understand or know a question asked, be honest, open and ask for clarification from the interviewer. The interviewer will probably prefer an honest answer to a mindless meaningless answer.

 

Do Not Ask ill Though Questions            

On some occasions, usually at the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have any question to ask. This is a good time to refer back to an article or milestone related to the company. Do not ask questions for the sake of it. If you honestly have nothing to ask them, simply give an honest no and return back the favour to them.

 

Know your Weaknesses

Ensure you know both your ‘professional’ and ‘personal’ weaknesses. While it may not be a bad thing to admit them, you should also list steps as to how you are trying to conquer them.

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