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Job Interview Tips
 
 

Landing an interview is never enough.  You need to go beyond the usual to impress your potential employer and grab the job.  Given below are a few tips to help you stand out in an interview and improve your chances of success.


DO YOUR RESEARCH

We all know preparation is the key to succeed at any interview.  But most fresh graduates don't prepare enough, which is why they fail.  If you want to get the job, then you need to prove that you've done your homework.  You need to go out of your way to find out as much as you can about the agency.  Read their website and see what projects they are working on.  That's how you demonstrate your worth to the interviewer.


PREPARE EXAMPLES

Your interviewer wants to see how your current skills complement the requirements of the job.  The best way to prove this is to prepare examples about your previous achievements.  Make sure your examples are interesting and to the point.  Have a good opening line and see to it that you've learned them by heart.  Be clear and avoid sounding like a robot.


AVOID OVERSELLING YOURSELF

You know how they say that you should "be yourself" to make the best impression?  It's advice that you should stay away from when being interviewed.  While it's good to be enthusiastic, energetic, and positive during your interview, don't overdo it.

The simple reason for this is, employers know that there's a lot of talent in the market.  Candidates can go to any extent to get the job - even exaggerate their skills and experience.  Make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses.  Never say, "I don't have any weaknesses."


QUESTIONS TO ASK

Take a moment to look at the questions below.  Re-write them in your own words so you can ask them in interviews.

Hint:  Never ask about money or benefits in the initial interview.  It's important to focus questions on the interviewer, then the company, and finally on you.


Connect With the Interviewer

How did you join the company?  What makes you stay?  What has this company taught you?


Learn About the Work Environment

What makes the department I'd be working in successful?

I've done my homework on the company, but I'd love to hear you describe the corporate culture here in your own words.

What makes this a great place to work?  

What traits do you feel a person needs to be successful at this company?

How does the company measure its success?  What evaluation criterion do they use?

What are the greatest strengths of this company and the department I'd be working for?   


Ask for Feedback 

If I could add/change anything about myself and my experience to make me a better fit for the position and the company, what would it be?

What are the next steps in the hiring process? 


FOCUS ON YOUR POTENTIAL

Like any other candidate, you too are not perfect, which is why you shouldn't give the interviewer a chance to talk about where you lack.  Instead, lay more emphasis on your potential, which clearly shows that you have what it takes to succeed at the job.

If you don't have real world experience to boast of or if past achievements aren't relevant to the job, then you should talk about your quick learning and adapting abilities.  It helps you win the confidence of your interviewer to a great extent.  Perhaps you do not have highly specialized skills and years of experience under your belt, but you do have something unique to offer.  That's the uniqueness that you need to use to make an impact on your interviewer.    

 

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