1. Interview preparation:
Preparation is a must-to-do thing if you want to succeed in doing anything. To prepare for a successful interview, you should refer to the Job Interview Checklist as stated in Section II below.
2. Interview practice:
Think about being a boss, CEO or manager someday or you have to apply for a new job again. In that case, interview skills shall become very important in your life.
So, how do you practice your interview?
Way No.1: You can ask a friend of yours to interview you. To take advantage of this way, you can tell your friend to imagine that they were recruiting candidates for similar positions like yours. Then, there should be many unexpected situations for you to experience and practice rather than relying only on available questions.
Way No.2: Expand your job standards (to seek for a simpler job or one that pays less, and so on). Then, you will see that there should be many more offers for an interview available to you. Through these interviews, you can gain more interview experience, and more importantly,
You will know about business models of other companies;
You will have opportunities to practice how to introduce and renew yourself with all of your skills and abilities.
For example, you are seeking for a HR manager assistant or HR deputy manager job, you can extend your application to such positions as HR coordinator, HR associate, HR clerk, HR staffs and so on, and the chance that the employer may find you to be suitable to the position of CEO assistant or HR deputy manager (though they do not intend to do so in the first place until they meet you) will be greater.
3. Understanding interview process
Each company adopts a different interview process and each interview round is intended for a certain purpose. You need to understand the goals of the employer for each round. It doesn‘t mean that you will succeed if you answer the questions professionally and fluently, but you need to put a focus on what the employer expects from you during an interview.
For more information about interview rounds, please click here.
4. Come early instead of on time
Many experts will advise you to go to the interview early or at least 10 minutes earlier. I myself recommend that 30 minutes earlier should be reasonable. Why should you take up to 30 minutes?
To find the address of the company; To complete check-in procedures;
To find the location and office where the interview shall take place;
To check your appearance before getting into the interview room
To find out more about the company; many interviewers may ask you how the organization of their companies is, about the reception area, welcoming atmosphere, etc.
However, arriving early may also cause some pressure on you for having to wait. Please note that
you shouldn‘t spend such waiting time revising your ―lessons‖ or doing any work since there
will be insufficient time and the pressure will become greater if you do so. You can take the time
prepare some stories or jokes that can help you keep cool and comfortable for the upcoming interview.
5. Potential and Loyal Customer in the Future:
Can you believe that after all the hearing of problems and your knowledge of the company, its products and business fields, you can be employed immediately even if no interview question has been asked regarding professional aspects?
I have got 11 years of experience in conducting interviews for various positions, including less important and even CEO ones. I have observed that many bosses will readily make their employment decisions immediately after meeting the candidates as they believe that the ones that favor their products and services the most shall perform well, not to mention excellently. I
myself tota ly believe in that notion. Certainly, this doesn‘t mean that the employers do not know
anything about your professional qualification. They have tools and evaluation results to know
for sure that at least you are able to perform the jobs. By this I mean the abilities but not the
excellence or fluency. I shall recommend you to become a loyal customer of a company first, know clearly about the strengths and weaknesses of its competitors, its current and future challenges, and so on, before applying for a job.
6. First impression:
Remember the time when you met a new partner, a new friend or your new love… how did your
first impression on them affect on your feeling?
It is clear that first impression play a crucial role in determining the success of an interview.
7. Control nervousness
Careful preparation is the best way to control your nervousness. Taking a slow, deep breath will also help you relax and feel more composed. Fill your lungs slowly from the bottom. Let your abdomen relax and puff out as you fill it with air. Breathing only with your chest will make
you become tense. Nervousness is created from the feeling of being too focused on yourself. You
may be worried about how you look, whether you sound intelligent or not, and how you a re going to persuade the interviewer. And if you are sti l a bit nervous, that‘s okay. That bit should be enough for you to take on the upcoming challenge.
8. Showcase your knowledge and integrity/tell interviewers about your stories
As long as the employers are desperate to find good candidates, most eligible employees who at least meet their minimum job requirements shall have good opportunities. HR personnel and some interviewers may not have an in-depth knowledge of every job in the company, however, they understand enough to know that a certain level of technical expertise is required. Don‘t try
to fake it and convince the employers that you are someone that you are not. This tactic rarely
works, and even if it did work, the fact that you don‘t know what you claimed you knew would soon be revealed once you were on the job.
9. Learn traits/skills that all employers look for In every applicants
Each job requires differently in aspects of knowledge and skills, however, according to Robert Lawrence, there are 7 traits as mentioned below that play the most important role and that are sought after by any employer:
• Team player
10. Problem Solving is the Most Important in an Interview.
Problem solving is one common skill involved in any job. Whether you plan to work as a construction laborer or as a manager of a major corporation, all jobs will involve problems and only solving such problems may lead to your success. It is imperative that before entering the interview room, you should know how to approach and solve problems. All questions should be answered with this process in mind.
11. Close your sale
Before leaving, you need to close the sale of your talents before the interviewers. It‘s no different than se ling a product; you need to get a ―yes‖ from the buyer. You should understand that a refusal is cha lenging, however, that doesn‘t necessarily mean a ―no,‖ but that the buyer is not ready to buy. Don‘t apologize for what you don‘t have. If you cannot persuade the interviewers, try to get from them a reason. Objections do not always means rejections, but you have to cause them to be open in order to respond effectively. It‘s always worth trying.
12. Follow up and thank-you note.
Follow-up after an interview can help you create a lasting impression and differentiate you from the crowd.
Send both an email and a hard-copy thank-you note expressing your excitement, qualifications and further interest in the position. Invite the hiring manager to contact you for additional information. This is also an excellent time to send a strategic follow-up letter of interest.
When making a thank-you letter, you should pay attention to the following:
Never try to correct your mistakes during the interview; the more you do so, they more negative they will feel about you.
Don‘t send a normal thank-you letter like other candidates do. Instead, state your opinions and solutions that how you can contribute to the company.