Your resume has finally secured you an interview in your dream organization. The experience, the qualifications and the referees may have just helped you to get shortlisted for an interview, but all is not over, you have to prove what your resume says through a face to face interaction with interviewers.
There are various types of job interviews, but in this case, we will assume it a panel based interview where you have to avail yourself on the communicated day and prove your competency or rather why you are the person for the job. Below are some step to help you approach and pass a job interview successfully;
1. Research on the company or organization.
During any interview, the first assumption of every panel is that this is your dream place of work, and you probably know almost everything about the organization. You should, therefore, research almost every re-searchable detail of the organization, including the administration structure, mission & vision, Goals and objectives and salary range. Also, make sure you have a great understanding of the roles of the job you are aiming to get hired for.
2. Prepare for the interview day.
Before the interview day, there are vital preparations to make in relation to dressing and any relevant documents the panel may have requested for or supporting certificates and testimonials that will prove the claims on your resume.
For the dressing, you must dress officially for any job interview no matter the field you are interviewing for. For men, a dark suit with a bright but not shouting color, matching tie and dark official shoes works perfectly. For women, anything to do with statement dresses, black dress& tights and blouse with bows & skirt is best. For men and women, strong deodorants, unkempt hair, too much, and so many accessories are not acceptable.
3. Do a mock interview.
With the research, you did on the organization, and the frequently asked interview questions check over here, you can create a number of possible questions. Ask a friend or family member to play the part of a panelist and ask you the questions. Do this again and again till you are satisfied that your answers come naturally. Make sure you also work on your tone and non-verbal cues.
4. The interview day.
The day is finally here; your preparations will mean nothing if you do not put it into practice. You should first arrive early; 30-45 minutes are good. During this time, you try to adapt to the environment and reduce the tension. Should also be real and confident in your interaction with the interview panel. Do not give them the impression that they are interview clone of you who want to be perfect.
5. Observe interview etiquette.
From the moment you walk into the organization premises, be polite to everyone you met. Some interviewers will go ahead and collect information even from the receptionist on your discipline. You should also avoid swearing while answering the panel. Moreover, address each member of the panel with respect and always practice effective communication skills.
With the above skills, you can be sure that you will be successful in your job interview. All the best!