How To Excel In A Job Interview

Starting a career requires dedication. How you prove that dedication is assessed in the interview process, which is why passing an interview is very vital. You have to convince the interviewer that you are in it to win it. The interview anxiety is never solely experienced by the fresh graduates applying for an entry level. It is a general fact that the chances of a newbie getting hired is tantamount to that of an expert level, as how you present yourself is the primary requirement towards getting hired.

Here are some job interview tips and key points to remember before and during the actual interview itself that will give you a pass towards becoming an employed.


1. Preparation Gives Confidence.

You have to remember to sell yourself, strengths and weakness and all. And I kid you not, confidence is the key to your success. There is no wrong answer in an interview, but how you answer the question is the loudest boom to your thunder. A variety of questions may arise, but regardless at how they are being delivered, the most common questions that the interviewer would ask would be the following:

“In what ways can you contribute to the growth of the company?”

You can answer by saying, “As a brand new graduate (if you are a newbie), the company would benefit from my enthusiasm and fresh energy. I can channel this energy to give the best kind of care that our clients can have, therefore leaving a lasting mark. My enthusiasm would also influence the rest of the employee’s in the company, thereby generating customer service at its best.”

If you are a veteran, you can change the words for a bit, but generally, the company would want to know how driven you are to actually make a difference in the business.

“Why should we hire you?”

You have to think in the context of business this time, as the employer is risking an investment by hiring you. If your employment history is a red flag, be cautious and state the matter in a positive tone. You can say that your previous employment have made you realize what you really want to do with your life, and then associate why the company that you are applying for fits the criteria for you.

“For how long do you wish to stay with us?”

As much as possible, do not exaggerate, or make empty promises. It really helps to notice and enumerate the positive attributes of the company, and make them your reasons why you would want to stay long term. Do not tell them your truth that you are just going to stay for a short period of time. This is a job interview, not a lie detector test.

“What are your strengths? Weaknesses?”

Now this is a tricky subject because you have to formulate a way to turn your weakness into something that is beneficial. While you aim to impress, the nature of your weakness would automatically alter your chances at getting hired. You have to assess yourself, know your own strengths and weaknesses. Do tell as to how you can improve on your weaknesses, or you can use your strength as a compensatory mechanism for your weaknesses.


2. Be at the top of the food chain.

Always remember that you are not the only applicant, so step up and beat the competition. Make it a point to remember that the interviewer is talking to four or five persons in a day, all vying for the position that you are applying for. To make an impressive version of yourself, be at your best. Always be punctual and think ahead of possible delays like traffic and weather disturbances. Dress to kill, professionally (although I was advised never to wear too much perfume). Smile and radiate a happy disposition. It is okay to be nervous, but how you handle your composure would actually leave an impression that you are boundless by any hesitancy and insecurity. And that, my friend, is how they will remember you.

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