Even experts or seasoned employees and applicants get nervous at times. The fact that a recruiter can take whatever you do or say against you may affect your confidence.
A face-to-face job interview could be downright scary if you’ll go unprepared. However, with proper preparation and knowledge, you should be able to ace it confidently. Here are a few tips that you should know before the big day.
1. Research About the Company
Finding things about the company is not all about passing your interview. While it is true that there are recruitment specialists who gauge their applicants with what they’ve researched about their firm, getting information about the company’s goal, mission, and vision, products, and customers will let you visualize your future career.
Yes. Being a well-informed candidate is a positive sign to any recruitment’s standpoint. However, it’s also your way of testing the waters whether they’re the right employer for you. Prior research can save you time, effort, and money.
2. Time, Number, Duration, and Type of Interview
Do not hesitate to ask the recruiter these details. If you can, confirm your appointment by asking a day ahead if there are any changes to the schedule. It will also be better to ask the number of people and their position you will be meeting on that day as well as the standard duration it takes for a hiring manager to finish. A good heads up will better prepare you for a one on one or a panel.
3. You Will Be Judged From Head to Toe
From the moment you step into the office’s lobby, the receptionist is already observing your attitude, body language, dress, and timing. Remember to be mindful of your manners, especially with punctuality, appearance, and gestures. Dress appropriately to fit the company’s culture which you can research on their website. Drive around the office area and check for parking spaces a day before to avoid being late. Sit up, avoid using your phone, be polite, and try to relax.
4. Answers to Difficult Questions
Two days before your appointment, orient yourself with possibly hard inquiries that might arise during the conversation. You don’t have to make up answers. After all, you have to be truthful about your statements during an interview. If you choose to omit some facts, you would have to stick with it your whole tenure.
Rehearse the answers by yourself or with a friend to prepare mentally, ease your anxiety and enhance your fluency. If there are questions that you prefer not to answer, work on creating a sustained response that can steer you away into a different topic.
Do your research on the typical salary of the skill level you’ve chosen. Hence, when your recruiter asks you for your expected salary, you can give out a realistic rate. Avoid providing figures that are too low as this may seem that you’re not confident with your skills and you’re selling yourself too short. A range with your target salary right in the middle should speak for itself.
Tip: If you’re positive with your skills, ask higher than what is usually offered. If they can meet your price, congratulations. If not, you’ll be able to negotiate.
6. Final Questions to Ask
Interviews are a two-way process. While we all expect them to keep on throwing questions at you, it is also good to ask when it is appropriate. Voicing out questions during an interview will make you stand out from the rest by allowing the hiring manager realize that you have spent time studying the position you’re applying for
7. Accept The Decision
Learn the art of acceptance, whether the result of the interview is positive or otherwise. If you don’t get an offer, just remember that there may be more qualified applicants. But politely ask the recruiter any areas of the interview where you need improvement.
Keep these seven things in mind when applying for a job.