Some of you, by now, might have done some preps to resign from your job and hope to start a new venture next year. Well, we have discussed some strategies to resign from a job – you may see them here #EngTips: How to resign. This time, we’d like to prepare you for a job interview. Here are some tips that we have compiled for you.
Before the interview
- Sleep well to have a fresh mind in the morning.
- Get a haircut, shave (for men), or have some hair treatment (for women). They will add up a bit of your confidence.
- Clean your shoes, and iron your clothes, make sure they are wrinkle-free.
- Plan your trip. Go on google map to find the location and allocate enough time to travel. Don’t be late!
- Read carefully the desired qualifications and peruse thoroughly your CV to know how well you fit the position.
- Manage your CV; the succinct the better.
- Organize your files. Have a folder to bundle them all. Don’t include the files which are irrelevant.
- Get to know the company by researching its profile and culture. The culture will also determine how you should dress in the interview.
- Plan the answers for the most common questions. Some of the questions are:
- “Tell me about yourself.”
- “Talk me through your CV.”
- “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
- “Why are you looking for a new venture?”
- “What are you doing at the current company and what have you achieved?”
During the interview
There are some important things that you need to do:
- Be confident. Draw your smile from the doorstep, greet the interviewer, and have a firm (not strong) handshake. Sit when you are welcome.
- Listen to the questions attentively and show enthusiasm.
- When asked, provide detail answers. Don’t forget to supply examples.
- Clearly state your interest and plan for the future.
- Think how you may contribute to the company advancement.
- Watch your diction. Use polite and formal language.
After the interview
You may send an email of gratitude to the company for having you for the interview.
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