Gaining admission into a higher institution is one important point in one’s life and obtaining a degree certificate is a dream come true. It should however be recorded in your heart that a degree certificate isn’t just enough to secure a job – especially a white collar job. It’s a plus for you to have had working experiences before graduation. As a student this can easily be achieved by putting in for per time jobs while you’re still in school, this way your employers can see potentials, skills and reasons to have you employed as their employee.
Finding a per time job during school days or a good full time job after graduation isn’t going to be an easy task. However, not everybody is unlucky. If you’re lucky to be called for an interview, don’t see it as an opportunity just to get a job, make it an avenue to show your potentials and skills as the perfect person for the job. You should therefore be very conscious of mistakes as it could result to your water-loo.
Preparing For A Job Interview ? Here Are Tips To Guide You.
1. Interviews don’t begin the moment you start to answer questions from the interviewer, it starts the moment you walk through that door. How ? Your appearance is the first test you get as a job seeker – look professional even if the job isn’t professional.
2. Gather three to five references and have them prepared to give to the hiring manager. Sometimes having a good reference can mean the difference between getting the job or not. You will need the name, job title, telephone number, and email address of each reference. Your best references come from the former managers of the organisation where you once worked. These people can credit your abilities and your work ethics. And just in case you have no work experience, a school counsellor or a professor could refer you.
3. Also, always take a copy of your resume along with you to any interview. Even if you have applied online and uploaded your resume, it’s good to have a hard copy with you.
4. Research the company that you are interviewing with. Study their website to learn more about the company. Come up with your own questions, at least three thoughtful questions that you can ask the interviewer during your interview.
Practice for your actual interview. On the internet, look up the types of questions generally asked at interviews, and then have someone quiz you in a mock interview. Sometimes the more you interview the better you get at it. Having an idea of how you will answer tough questions may put you in a better position.
5. Prepare a thank you note. After your interview is over you will want to get a thank you note sent out as soon as possible. If you already know the name of the person you are interviewing with you can prepare the thank you note ahead of time. Also, in an effort to save time and paper, some people email their thank you notes.
Request for the business card of your interviewer before you leave the interview. This way you will have their email address and can send the thank you email as soon as you get to a computer.
Follow this guide and you’re good not just for interview but for the job!