6 Things to include in your checklist to prepare for an interview

Worried about a job interview? Well, let me tell you that it’s nothing new under the sun! Although the word interview itself may send shivers down many a spine, we all are familiar with conditions like nervousness, uneasiness, sweaty palms, heart palpitations before and during the course of an interview. Especially if one is appearing for an interview for the first time, it can frighten the daylights out of you. I remember my first job interview literally scared the hell out of me. I could barely be at ease and experienced incessant interview anxiety all through until I stepped out of the interview room. Boy, it was quite an experience! No wonder, the American writer and musician corroborated the same fact by saying- “Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the new that someone in your family has betrayed you to your enemies, one of the most unpleasant experiences in life is a job interview."

However, as terrifying an ordeal it can be, there’s always a solution to beat the fear that prevails as a result of facing an interview and attain a level of preparedness that will never let you down. Let’s look at some of the ways to ace a job interview that’ll help you land the job you so wish for.

1 Examine the job opportunity

As simple as it may sound, but to set aside some time to simply analyze the job opportunity can go a long way in defining your performance in a job interview. We all tend to be complacent about this one since we consider it having little or no value for us. You’d be surprised to learn that this is an important part of interview preparation. What you could do is, review the job description and gauge what are the kind of skills, expertise and qualities that are expected from a candidate. Probably listing them out would be a good idea as it will act as a blueprint for you to take further actions.

2 Match your skills

Now that the list of job requirements is in place, it’s time to enlist your skills that qualifies with the job role. This can cover a gamut of assets like your experience, skills, qualifications, certifications etc. You could keep some instances ready from past work experience where you demonstrated, you have the necessary skills required for the job. This will even equip you in facing situation based/ behavioral interview questions as well.

3 Research

Having some homework done well ahead of time always gets you out of the tight spot. Scoop out information about the organization which gives you some content to talk about and ask questions about the company. Needless to say, it would also help you to understand if you are a good fit for the company or not. The company website is a good source to lay your hands on in this case. Secondly, get some perspective on who you will be talking to? This will certainly bring in clarity on the expectations the interviewer has from the candidate.

4 Practice

Struggling to find words that rightly answers the questions thrown by the interviewer is surely not what you want. This is why, taking out time to practice answering those interview questions which you could possibly expect is a sure-fire way of boosting your confidence levels and performing well in job interviews. We recommend you practice with a friend or a family member. I am sure they would not mind sparing sometime to help you with the same. At the same time this will alleviate the interview anxiety which is experienced by many if not all

5 Have an interview attire ready

American costume designer, Edith Head says, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” Dressing really has the power to reflect who you are and create that first impression which makes or breaks your opinion in front of the interviewer in an interview. Dress appropriately in a professional interview outfit so as to look presentable to the employer. Ensure your clothes are neat and well ironed. Avoid wearing flamboyant or over the top clothing, you are going for an interview, not a social gathering.

6 Believe in yourself

Last but not the least. Believe in yourself!

Someone so rightly said, “The secret of acing an interview is to stop believing in luck and start believing in yourself. Therefore, the mantra here is to stop worrying how you’re going to muddle through the interview, rather have faith that it will. An important thing to consider here is that you will be judged based on how you judge yourself. So, remember to always have faith in your abilities. Don’t let fears and apprehensions erode your true potential. Remember what Harry Potter said?? Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more- Believing in yourself. These were some of the points that will change the game while appearing for an interview. The way you conduct yourself in an interview is extremely critical. Keep going on and don’t compromise in putting the best foot forward. Of course, this requires hard work, but don’t shy away as this will be the hallmark for your success. Before you evenss realize, the right job will fall in your lap. In the end, I would like to leave you with a quote by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish- American industrialist, business magnate, who says- "The average person puts only 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%." — The choice is ours!

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