Job Interview Tips

by Waller Jamison

 Interviews are stressful - here are some job interview tips to help you do well despite your nerves.

How often have you thought of a great answer to an interview question - after the interview? This can happen because you haven't prepared properly and it's a real bummer.

Everyone gets nervous when faced with a job interview and so it's easy to get stuck or come up with an uninspiring answer, especially when faced with an unexpected question. And it can feel as if you are being giving a grilling, by a person you've never met before. So you don't know what their facial expression means or the type of answer they are looking for. And this can make it difficult to answer some of the more difficult interview questions which come up.

Of course, it is impossible to know in advance exactly what will be asked, but you will have a rough idea of some questions you which will probably come up. So if you want to avoid coming up with great answers after your interview and increase your chances of giving an excellent answer during your job interview, one of the top job interview tips anyone can give you is to be well prepared.

To prepare for a job interview, you need to to look closely at three areas.

Interview Preparation Part One

You must do some research on the company you are applying to. This means that you need to know exactly what it does, who its competitors are and how it is placed in the structure of the economy. This might be on a local level if it is a small company, but for bigger companies you want to see where it is placed in the national or international marketplace.

Of course, the amount of research you do will be related to the job you are applying for. If you are going for a junior position or in a specialist area which isn't directly related to the company's products and services, for example IT or catering, you will just need a general idea.

However, if you are looking for a senior position, you'll need to know a lot more. Having a good understanding of the company is important and will show that you have done your homework and could make you stand out from the crowd.

And knowing what the company does will enable you to relate your answers to the company's requirements. Often it's little details which you know because of your research which will give you the edge and potentially may even mean that you get the job! This can be crucial if the inteview panel is having difficulty making a choice between two applicants who are equally qualified and both well suited for the job.

Interview Preparation Part Two

Research the job itself. of course, you won't be expected to know every little detail, but you should have a thorough understanding of what you will be asked to do if employed. Even if you have never held this particular job before, you need to be able to prove that you are capable of doing it well.

Your application form or CV will have given a good indication of your suitability and at the interview will give you the chance to expand on this.

Your aim is to show that you can do the job and do it well. So look carefully at the job description and think about when you have carried out all of the required tasks. Make a note of concrete examples of them too.

Interview Preparation Part Three

You also need to research yourself! This probably sounds crazy, but it is essential, especially if you are into social media sites. Employers search online for information about job applicants. So you want to make sure they don't discover something you don't want them to know.

It might be fun to have pictures of your drunken student antics on Facebook, but this will not go down well with a potential employer. Be sure to check out your friends' social media pages too.

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