Last Updated on March 19, 2023 by Admin
The biggest mistake you can make in your career is to go underprepared for job interviews. Here’s the countdown to a state of readiness for the interaction. Follow the below-mentioned steps for your 10-day preparation before facing your next job interview.
DAY 10: Planning & resourcing
Speak to the person scheduling your interview and find out about the selection process. Will there be written tests, psychometric profiling, group discussions, etc?
What type of interviews should you expect—technical, behavioral, leadership, or case study questions? Will it be in person, telephonic, or an online interview?
Will it be with an individual or a panel? Get a copy of the job description or requirements for the position.
Then rework your schedule for the next nine days to block time for your preparation. If you need to borrow technical books, or buy a suit or formal shoes, do it now.
DAY 9: Studying & experiencing
Research the company. Use multiple information channels—company website, LinkedIn/Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram profiles, news articles, trade journals, blogs, even employee reviews on platforms such as GlassDoor.
If interviewing for a managerial role in a public firm, read up on its financials. Next, try and get a first-hand experience of the service or product that the company provides.
DAY 8: Meetings & homework
Reach out to people associated with your prospective employer to learn about the company, its culture, the team you would be working for, and the interview and selection process. Based on the information gathered so far, make a list of deliverables that the firm expects from its new employees. This list will direct your preparation efforts.
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DAY 7: References & achievements
Call up people in the industry and get their perspectives on the company. Call up your referees and prepare them for a possible reference check by your prospective employer. Next, based on the role deliverables list, write down your achievements that signal your suitability to the firm.
DAY 6: Resume & story scripting
Refer to the resume you have shared with the firm. Formulate questions pertaining to each line and prepare a 30-minute or an hour-long conversation around it. Write down career highlights relevant to each line and prepare for at least two levels of questioning. Use numbers for a clear picture.
DAY 5: Preparation & practice
Prepare crisp responses for standard interview questions: Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to leave your current job? Why should we hire you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Rehearse your answers in front of a mirror. This will help you master the non-verbal aspects of communication. Prepare questions you want to ask the interviewer on job role, team, expectations.
DAY 4: More preparation & mocks
Most interviewers ask behavioral questions: Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict in your team? Use situation, action, and result technique to structure your answer. Your responses should show growth in key areas of interest for your employer. Enlist your friends or family members to conduct mock interviews for you.
DAY 3: Consolidate & sleep
Organize and revise your notes from the past seven days. Work on areas where you are not confident. Get a good night’s sleep to shrug off the stress and strain of your daily job.
DAY 2: Checklist & chill
Prepare a checklist for the next day. What are you going to wear? What do you need to carry? Where do you need to go? What time will you leave? With 24 hours to go, avoid any heavy lifting at your current job. You should be fully rested. Take the evening off for your favorite activity and re-energize.
D-DAY: Perform & follow up
Enjoy your interview. A well-prepared candidate actually conducts the interview, while the interviewer follows the lead. After the interview, send a thank-you e-mail to the interviewer and the person who coordinated.
Follow up with the coordinator and seek feedback in two days’ time, and again within a week. If the feedback is delayed, drop a reminder e-mail in the second week and move on to other opportunities.
Interview tips for fresher
Appearance: Lack of presentation spells disaster. Unkempt hair, body odor, casual air may work
in the classroom, but not at a job interview. Get a shave, trim your hair and nails, put on formal clothes, polish your shoes and carry your documents in a folder.
Timing: Be 15 minutes early and have enough time to freshen up. Account for traffic jams, rainfall, and delayed transportation. If you don’t know the location, check it out a day earlier. If you get late, call up HR in advance and apologize for it.
Body language: Body language influences a large part of your interview. Practice walking into an interview room with a smile and a firm handshake was offered. Sit upright with both your feet planted on the floor. Limit your gestures and look people in the eye.
Listening: Practice your listening skills in mock interviews. Lean forward slightly, look at the person talking to you. Don’t interrupt the interviewer. If you haven’t understood the question, ask him. Pause for a moment to gather your thoughts before responding.
Speaking: Smile and speak loud enough to be heard. Don’t resort to slang or derogatory references to age, religion, politics, or gender. Answer the question crisply and avoid rambling. It’s okay to say that you don’t know the answer rather than giving the wrong one.