Our aim to share these interview tips is because we interview a lot of candidates every day. More than 50 % of the time we know if the meeting with the client is going to work on not. Hence do consider these interview tips for your next meeting. This is not a rule book so you are free to consider using these tips or ignore them.
Wear a shirt and tie
The first tip is to dress as if you were going to a real interview. If you dress as if you already have the job, then you will act differently and be more confident. This will also prepare your body for an interview. If you wear sweatpants, then your body will feel relaxed, your voice won’t project well, and your words won’t sound polished.
Wearing a shirt and tie makes it look like you are putting in the effort—and that can go a long way to getting hired at the company of your dreams!
Have your CV in front of you
In addition to having your portfolio or copies of your best work, it’s helpful to have a copy of your CV in front of you. Having quick access to details such as the dates you worked at previous jobs and the names of employers and colleagues can be crucial if the interviewer asks you an unexpected question.
Look them in the eye during the video interview
- Look them in the eye (even if they’re not there)
Look at the camera. Even though this is a phone call, find a place where your camera can be placed at eye level and look in that direction while you’re talking. It will make you seem more friendly and open and it will help to ensure that you won’t be distracted by what’s going on around you during the call. Make sure to turn off the TV and keep young children out of the room with you (although sometimes we need to feed our kids, so if that happens, just pause for a minute and let them know why). If your voice begins to sound hollow or disconnected, walk around a little bit or sit on something other than your couch or bed so that your sounds are clearer.
2. Be prepared for technical issues
If possible, use headphones or earbuds so that any noise from outside doesn’t get picked up by the microphone on your phone. Also, use ethernet instead of Wi-Fi whenever possible; this helps improve connection quality and reliability for both parties on the call.
Read all the job descriptions so you know what they want
Take the job description seriously.
Sometimes you will see a job that looks so good for you and your experience, but this can be a bit misleading. It’s important to know what the employer wants before applying for the job, because if you don’t read carefully enough, it may not be possible to get an interview or even worse, get hired and realize that you are not able to do the work. The best way to avoid this is by reading over every word on the application or posting carefully and make sure that you understand exactly what they are asking for so there won’t be any surprises later down the road when it comes time for your interview!
Practice answers with friends
Practicing how you’ll answer questions is a crucial part of preparing for an interview. Interviewers tend to ask many of the same questions, so you can have your responses ready in advance. It’s helpful to practice answering both general interview questions (“tell me about yourself,” “what is your greatest weakness?”) as well as specific questions that relate to what’s on your résumé and application (if you’re applying for a job at a soccer team, be ready to explain why it says on your CV that you once played for the opposition). Asking friends and family members to play the role of the interviewer will help not only with your responses but also with other important aspects of an interview: body language, tone, rate of speech and enunciation, posture, eye contact, level of confidence while speaking. With enough practice, you’ll get comfortable with these factors and have more control over them when it comes time for the real deal.
Lookup the company online beforehand.
- Look up the company on Wikipedia beforehand. In order to avoid looking dumber than you already are, it’s a good idea to at least look up the company and familiarize yourself with its claims to fame. Find out who the CEO is, what kind of field they’re in, where they’re based and any other information that might be useful. When you arrive for your interview, be sure to compliment them on the recent press release or product launch (that is if it was well-received; don’t bring up layoffs). If there have been any major shakeups recently, then make sure you know about them and have an informed opinion ready when asked.
- Brush up on industry news at large. It doesn’t hurt to be aware of some recent headlines in your prospective employer’s industry as a whole. Don’t go overboard with this step — no need to spend hours reading through financial blogs — but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to seem like someone who pays attention and keeps abreast of current events relevant to one’s interests or career goals
Looking presentable, doing research, and practicing will go a long way to doing well in an interview.
As a candidate, it’s your responsibility to do the research you need before your interview. Researching the job is crucial because you want to make sure that the right person gets hired and that the job is right for you. To accomplish this, read through the job description as well as any other information about the company online to learn about what it does and why you would be great for this position. You can also call one of their representatives to find out more information or ask when and where they are hiring if you’re not able to attend an open house in person.
At the interview, look presentable by wearing clothes that are appropriate for an office environment: business casual is normally fine (as long as there aren’t jeans or shorts) but dress shoes are always a good idea because most offices have rules about not wearing sneakers in their buildings. Also, remember that sometimes interviews might start at different times so be prepared to leave on time if they don’t seem as interested in seeing you once they realize how late it is getting. If possible, bring a book so that you can pass some time while waiting (and some extra copies of all your resume).
After the interview, give yourself credit for doing well. This means setting up a timeline with all of your interviewer’s contact info right away because by then you should know whether or not they are going to hire you! It also means sending them thank-you notes (both those who called back and those who did not). We hope these Interview tips help you prepare well for your next big meeting.
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