Writing a resume is as easy as one plus one equal to two. But landing a job with that resume is as complex as E = mc2. Even if you have an excellent resume with all the experiences in the world, you still have a 50-50 chance of landing the perfect job. If resumes were the only thing employers needed to hire candidates, then there wouldn’t be a need to conduct interviews. The resume gets employers’ attention but a killer interview will land you the job. Here are a few things you can do before and during an interview in order to improve your chances of getting hired.
Before the Interview
Do your research on the company. Let’s be honest, a large portion of us at times randomly apply for jobs we think we are qualified for but instead of going on Indeed and applying to any job post why not do a simple Google search of the company and see if the company is qualified to have you as an employee. In addition to a search of the company, it also doesn’t hurt to read up on any employee’s bio. Employers will certainly admire a candidate who is well- informed about their products, services and their managing board.
Have a friend to a mock interview.
A mock interview is a great way to prep yourself for any possible questions you might get asked during an interview. The better you are prepared for any tough questions, the more you improve your chances in getting hired.
Get an early night’s rest before the day of the interview.
A person who walks in for an interview looking like he or she hasn’t gotten any sleep will certainly hinder his or her chances of getting hired.
Always dress in business attire for an interview. This shows you are a professional and also shows how you value appearance.
It is a rule of thumb to arrive at least 15 minutes before a scheduled interview. This gives you the opportunity to show the employer your enthusiasm for the join. It also gives you an opportunity to examine the environment you might be working in.
During the interview.
Bring an extra copy of your resume.
Give the interviewer a firm hand shake and smile.
Don’t nod, answer questions with yes and no and certainly give details when needed.
Keep a stern yet relaxed posture.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
In conclusion, there is no such thing as the perfect interview. At times you could still end up getting hired after a bad interview. The key is to learn from the process and keep seeking ways to improve your interviewing skills. With that said, good luck in the job market.
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