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Interview Tips To Get You Hired

A job interview is the last step in the process of seeking a job. There are techniques you can adopt to succeed in your job interview. There are people who have great academic qualifications but fail to get a job because they fail in the job interview. As such, a job interview is very important if you are seeking a job.

Here are some techniques you can practice in your job interviews that will almost guarantee you success in seeking a job.

Qualities interviewers look for in prospective candidates

1.            Maturity

You have to try to make sure you look mature in the way you speak and in the way you carry yourself almost in everything the organization will be looking out for. You might be asked many questions that are personal or those regarding your career choice. They will be looking for a certain level of maturity when you are tackling various challenges in your life. Therefore, answer questions and transmit your level of maturity to a high level.

2.            Confidence

You need to show great confidence as this can have a ripple effect on those interviewing you too. It passes a message that you can handle big things. The responsibility that an organization will place on you depends on whether they trust that you will not fail them.

Confidence often means that you are knowledgeable and that you have the required skills for the job. It is important to understand that you will not be trusted if you are seen as not having inadequate knowledge.

3.            Punctuality

Time is money as they say. No company will hire you if you will not be able to value time. This will mean that you will not be relied upon to arrive at your workstation in time and attend meetings at the stipulated time.

If by any means you will be late, inform your bosses over the same. This will show that you are a responsible employee and that you are time conscious. However, it has to be said that you cannot afford to keep being late for the sake of it when you have a job waiting to be done.

4.            Hygiene

Hygiene is crucial as it reveals how organized you are. Bad hygiene can have a very bad impression on your interviewers.

You should dress properly and iron your clothes properly. Comb your hair perfectly. Shoes should be thoroughly polished and you should shave your facial hair appropriately ahead of your interview.

It is important to note that some hairstyles may not be appropriate depending on what role and what organization you wish to seek a job at.

Being ready for the interview early enough

You should prepare for the job interview for some days or a couple of weeks before the interview day.

The following are some of the documents you might need to carry to the interview.

1.            Your Curriculum Vitae

Even though you might have uploaded your CV on different sites when you were job seeking, ensure that you carry a hard copy of your resume to the interview.

Ensure that you have pointed out the details of your job experience also update your latest job experience you have. If you are heading for a technical interview, try to avoid creative or fancy resumes, as this will not really be a big help.

2.            Carry copies of your academic qualifications

Remember to carry a hard copy of your certificates especially if you are new to seeking a job. Even if you may not be a newbie, it is good manners to go with hard copies of your certificates.

3.            Carry spare Photos

Your passport size photographs are important as they might be required sometimes even without prior notice. Once you are successful with your job interview, you might be needed to fill some forms. Instead of bothering yourself to go out to a cybercafé, this will prove handy in case the company is almost reaching closing hours. This can also save on transport costs that you might incur travelling on your return the following day.

Answering the common difficult interview questions

Before you go for your first interview, it is crucial to try to come up with a few questions you might be asked at the job interview. Try to find answers to those questions.  This will also boost your confidence levels.

The following are some of the questions you might come up with.

1.            Why did you choose this field?

Interviewers will want to hear the qualities you have in the field you chose. Here, you will need to explain why you have invested your interest in the field in question.

You might also state your skills and your abilities that make a no-brainer for the field.

2.            What are your strengths?

For this question, you will have to talk about your best qualities and/or ability. Talk of a quality that is valuable in the field you chose.

Besides, you will need to prove that your strength will not change with time.

3.            What are your hobbies and skills?

Even if you may have pointed this out in your CV, you might still be asked this question at the interview. Do not give an irrelevant answer. Speak about hobbies relevant to your job application.

For instance, if your job application is about fashion and design, talk of your fashion sense.

4.            Are you a good leader?

Companies often look for people with good leadership skills. If you succeed here, you may climb the ladder of success quite quickly.

You will need to be able to lead a team and get other candidates to do the job well.

5.            What is your salary expectation?

This might be a difficult question, especially for freshers. For experienced candidates, it is easier as they are already acquainted with the rigors of job seeking and from the experience that they have from working in the field.

This can prove handy as employers can give you a smaller salary if you are not careful. They can take advantage of your lack of knowledge and you will be regretting this sooner.

6.            What is your vision?

Candidates who have an eye for personal growth in the profession can be lucky in interviews as employers may lean towards your vision. Candidates with a vision can help the organization grow since a vision is seen as contagious.


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