The interview, in most cases, is a make or break event for job seekers, as employers seek to gauge one's competence and organizational fit for the role. It is important therefore for individuals to take steps to increase their chances of getting hired apart from simply relying on one's education and experience. As the age old saying goes “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. The following are a few things that one can do.
Arrive on time not early or Later than the stipulated time-This is important as it creates an impression on the interviewer on one’s time management skills. Time is an important aspect of success and it is an important factor when assessing potential employees. In this, the recommended time is fifteen minutes before the interview time.
Having a professional look-The importance of this cannot be underestimated. It is important to dress appropriately for the interview depending on the industry, with personal grooming being of at most importance. It is important to note, people can make assertions solely based on one's dress code and therefore one should take caution not to be disadvantaged by this aspect.
keeping eye contact-Maintaining eye contact with the individual conducting the interview communicates that one is paying attention and is interested in what is being said. One should also note that different cultures have different views on eye contact and therefore this should be taken into consideration during the interview. The eye contact should be as natural as possible. It is also important to ensure that it is not just a stare or a glance of the interviewer(s).
Interaction with the individuals-This aspect is often overlooked by most individuals, one’s interaction with people can say a lot about one’s personality. It is important to be courteous and professional with all individuals in the organization and personal life, as the saying goes “a little bit of courtesy goes a long way”
Communication-This is the backbone of an interview. One should ensure their communication is clear and concise and avoid saying too much in a short period of time, therefore, running the risk of mumbling through words. On the other side, always seek clarification before responding to a question that is not clear thereby ensuring that responses will always meet the expectation of the interviewer.
Fresh graduates tend to struggle when it comes to interviewing the right way but thanks to programs such as SkillsGrow, they are trained and prepared for such. Taking steps towards increasing the possibility of getting a placement is important and should be coupled with preparing well for the actual interview by doing a thorough research on the company and the role.
Author: William Nyamunga|Human Resource