Once you have written your CV properly and floated it in the market, soon you will start getting interview calls. To ensure that you ace the interview it is important to go prepared. Following are some of the simple tips to increase your chances of getting through the interview:
1. Research the employer
It is very important to know about the company and the position for which you are going to be interviewed. A good way to collect information about the company is to go to its website and find out some important details like its business, product line, operations etc. If you go to the interview with out being aware of these details, your chances of being turned down will be very high. Employers do not like candidates who do not want to take an effort to find out these details about their prospective employers.
2. Research the position
Find out the details of the position under discussion. What personal qualities and professional skills would the person need to take up that position? This will help you in not only tailoring your answers as per the employers need but also stay confident during the interview.
3. Analyze the position and your qualifications
Your qualifications for the job role cover your educational qualifications, work experience, extra curricular activities and achievements. Try to understand, how you fit into the role. This will help you in turning the interview in your favor. You would know your shortcomings in advance and have an answer ready to convince the interviewer.
4. Predict the questions the interviewer might ask
It is always a good idea to predict the questions that can be asked. There will be some general questions, which if you answer properly can turn the interview in the direction you want it to go.
5. Prepare the questions you want to ask the interviewer.
This is not only a chance to demonstrate your active participation in the job interview but also an opportunity to impress the interviewer. Ask some intelligent questions when given a chance to interview the interviewer.
6. Dress yourself professionally and reach the interview venue before time. Carry some extra copies of your CV, a notepad and a pen.
7. Stay confident and approach the interviewer as a "Problem Solver" not a "Job beggar".