After you have watched the Video: 11 Ways to Ace Any Job Interview as shown above, then ask yourself these 5 questions:
For all the interviews I’ve attended,
1. Did I do enough research about the organisation and the job?
2. Was I prepared for all the questions?
3. Did I practise answering popular interview questions beforehand?
4. Did I ask the interviewers clever questions?
5. What could I have done better?
Job Interview Research
For any job interview, you must investigate the company. This includes the company’s products, services, competitors, details of how the company was formed or developed, the markets, turnover, plans for the future, number of branches, people employed, the company’s values etc.
Take steps to obtain as much information as possible. Google the company’s name, read their last annual report. Know the in and out of the company. Know their past, current role in the market, and their goals for the future. In addition, if you know who will be interviewing you, look online to see if they have written any articles for professionals so that you have an idea of their opinions on issues.
Prepare and Practice
On the Video: 11 Ways to Ace Any Job Interview, the second step is for you to practice. So, in order to ace any job interview, you need to study the list of commonly asked questions and how to answer them. It is important for you study the list of anticipated questions and suitable answers beforehand so that you can practice answering them.
Look at ways of turning the answers to further illustrate your transferable skills. If you notice, most politicians are particularly adept at this method of getting across their predetermined points, and you should cleverly approach the interview with the same objective. You should practice your answers aloud, either to a friend, a colleague, your manager or to a mirror and record your answers.
Thinking about your answer is one thing, but the spoken words is sometimes a different thing altogether. Sometimes, words do not always come out as we intend, practicing will enable you to sell yourself in a way that is comfortable and natural to you. Believe in your words because they have to match your body language.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France
Analyze the job description; know what the company is seeking in a candidate. Then, make a list of the skills, knowledge and personal qualities that are required by the employer as they are critical for success in the job. Tie your own skills to their requirement with examples. Practice how you will convey the examples.
Arrange for someone to do a mock interview run for you. Lastly, practice your closing statement after the interview.
Clever Questions for Interviewers and Closing
Interviewers will always ask if you have questions for them. Create the right impression by preparing at least one question for them. Waste no further opportunities to promote your keenness at securing the job. Get a question from your research into the company and its activities, and strongly connect it to your skills. Your question can concern future training, technical matters, new products or anything to demonstrate your ability and illustrate your skills.
As the interview draws to a close, this is when to slot in your prepared closing statement and let the interviewers or hiring manager know that you still think the job is an excellent fit to your skills, attributes and that you are highly interested in the job.
It is important to prepare the scene for getting off the interview chair. Gather your belongings, rise with a smile, and give a firm handshake with a friendly but business like parting statement:
‘Thank you for your time. I have enjoyed the interview and feel that it is been very useful. It has increased my interest in the job and confirmed my ability to be of value to your company.’
Remember that you are still creating a lasting impression that will get you noticed and remembered.
It’s also appropriate to ask what the next step in the hiring process will be and when you might expect to hear from them.
Again, remain professional and be polite to everyone until you leave the building.
Feedback is Golden
After any unsuccessful interview, the most valuable information to obtain is feedback from the company that interviewed you.
Telephone the company when you receive a rejection letter. Often people are more willing to provide feedback over the telephone than in writing. Some companies have a policy of not giving feedback, but always try.
Ask them if they could tell you why you were rejected for the role and what you could do to be a better candidate next time. Explain that feedback will help your further to prepare for any other interview and that you can’t obtain feedback in any other way except from a former interviewer.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” –Benjamin Franklin
Now that you have watched the video: 11 Ways to Ace Any Job Interview and read our post, do you have any further job interview tips for our readers?