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10 things to keep in mind when going to an interview

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Even after years of schooling and higher education, getting employed could be a bit challenging. Even if you manage to land that perfect dream job and earn yourself an interview seat, the real challenge is to impress the employers with not just your skills and resume, but also with your impression. Young individuals, especially first-timers, could act quite jittery when it comes to being professional and acting naturally during a job interview. This is probably due to the feeling of insecurity that might kick in with a sense of nervousness, and that often leads to candidates not being able to fully deliver. Sometimes, it can lead to losing the opportunity of getting the job. In this scenario, finding jobs in Melbourne could be quite a daunting task.

However, that does not mean that you too have to go through the same complicated process. Even if you have experienced something unfortunate in the past, you could easily rectify that by learning from your mistakes and preparing before the interview. By following some basic tips, you would be able to gain the attention of employers easily. Here are the 10 things you should keep in mind before going for an interview.

1. Dress well

Edith Head once said, You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. The same rule applies when it comes to being interviewed as an eligible candidate for the job. It is important that you must wear something professional and dress well. You cannot expect to impress employers if you are dressed casually and inappropriately. Believe it or not, but even the little details, such as missing out on your tie, poorly ironed clothes, untucked shirt, are all noticeable for the interviewers.

2. Remain confident

Just as if we cannot stress more over the obvious, it is crucial that you stay confident and firm no matter what. From the moment you walk in that interview room, you need to understand that it is they who are in search of and need your expertise and not you who needs them. Do not try to be overconfident; just don’t act nervous and not freak out when a question is thrown at you. Take a deep breath, be genuine and honest, and ensure everything that you say comes from your own perspective.

3. Prepare for the unexpected  

Another thing you must keep in mind is that you would need to be prepared for any questions that might come your way from the interviewer. It may sound scary, but it’s actually not. Depending on the job interview, interviewers usually would want to notice your level of confidence and might also put the candidates into teams to observe your teamwork skills. They can even ask you bizarre questions just to confuse you, but you should play smart every time. Some of the frequent questions asked by interviewers are ‘Why should we hire you, what are your skills, where do you see yourself in five years? Simply, be honest about what you think and have done to avoid the feeling of embarrassment for not being able to answer.

4. Introduce yourself

Even if it may not seem obvious or unnecessary, you must walk into the room confidently and introduce yourself professionally. The employer would generally not be willing to know answers to your personal life, bank details, the name of your pet, etc. Remember to have a short yet brief and effective introduction. If you are lucky, you might be called in for the interview. However, there are some cases where you would need to wait due to other candidates giving interviews, and employers may be bored by the same usual stories. It would be a good idea to add something interesting in your intro that might get their attention before the interview begins.

5. Research 

Imagine going to a company and not knowing about the basic information it holds. It is vital that you do your research well beforehand about the company, its operational methods, and other important information. If you are not aware of what the company actually is, it is almost inevitable to not convey your point of view as per the company’s policies.

6. Be patient 

You have to be patient by all means. Patiently wait for your turn, act professional and avoid complaining. Usually, this is a deliberate technique used by employers to evaluate your patience level too.

7. First impressions 

First impressions always matter the most. Know that you are carefully assessed from the moment you stepped in. Be on time, even if you have to wait, you must be punctual as this is one of the major qualities employers seek in candidates for their organization. Be sure to have copies of your resume with you by all means and be careful of your gestures and body language. Do not use slang or inappropriate language, sit and walk professionally so you can set a decent first impression.

8. Eat a healthy breakfast 

When most people are nervous, they tend to be quite nauseous, especially if you are stressed out as it is your first interview. You must remember to avoid anything unfortunate such as stomach ache, fatigue, or nausea. You must have a nutrient-packed, healthy breakfast. A good start to the day allows you to feel good about yourself and prevents hunger pangs and other embarrassing moments to happen. If you suffer from morning sickness and do not prefer eating in the morning, consider having something light, such as a bowl of leafy greens, before you go for the interview.

9. Review the job description 

Until and unless you are not fully aware of the job description and what the employer is looking for in an eligible candidate, you would be unable to deliver to perfection. You must thoroughly go through the job description given by the company where you applied so that you are aware of what skills you would want to impress them with to prevent being clueless when any questions are hurled at you.

10. Practice makes perfect

Lastly, do not freak out, and know that practice makes perfect always. Do not be embarrassed if you feel nervous about the job interview. You need to stay confident and know in the back of your head that regardless of whether or not you get the job, at least you will gain the experience. Practice days or nights before the interview. Pen down possible questions, use the internet and talk to a friend or yourself in the mirror in order to precisely know what to say.

The takeaway

These are some of the tricks you need to learn and adjustments you might want to make, so your chances of getting the job are higher. The key factor here is to stay confident by all means, some employers tend to ignore other details, but are most concerned about your level of confidence and how you can be of assistance to them. If and when you are able to convince and satisfy them, you would surely land the job!