How to Look Like an Expert during a Job Interview

If you want to nail a job interview, then you must look like an expert. You must talk like one as well. Job applicants who falter in this stage of the job application process would cite nervousness, but it could be something else. They didn't meet the employer's expectations.

The first impression should set the tone of the entire interview process, but your job description doesn't rely on your looks alone. You must respond to the recruiter's questions clearly. You must not slouch (during the interview). You must have a general knowledge of the company, where you're applying for. The information should give you an idea on how to respond to the questions. You might think that you're the perfect candidate (for the vacant position), but the recruiter (or employer) is thinking of something else. Are you a perfect fit?

You're the individualistic kind of person, which is not uncommon in this part of the world. You're also the quirky kind, which is defining the feature of London. It might be better to keep it under wraps, saving it for those informal gatherings. It should happen if you get hired, but you don't want to get ahead. You must prepare for the interview, looking in front of the mirror (in your own loo). It won't take an hour to pay attention to your facial features, which can betray you. (It can be more challenging if it's a phone interview, as it would be hard to figure out the person on the other line.) And you must do a thorough research on the industry. It won't be right if you didn't have a salary expectation on mind (prior to the interview). You can ask your best mate (or a member of your family) to help you in the mock interview. This should help you get over the jitters. The people that matter most to you may not be able to help you with the right responses to the questions, though.

Interview Day: Common Questions (and How to Answer It)

Tell me something about yourself? Your response must revolve around your work history, professional goals during the immediate future, and your reason(s) for wanting the job. You must not say anything else, so think of a clever response when the recruiter remark on the gray weather. You can cite a skill (or a capability) that you didn't highlight in your CV. You can recall an accomplishment during your university days. If you happen to be a new graduate, then you can use this as a lead. Do your best to be specific about your achievement, as you relate a particular moment (or task) where you would stand out. It takes lots of practice to say it convincingly.

What is your greatest strength/weakness? The recruiter (or employer) wants to see your perspective on your working habits. You must be realistic about your skills and abilities. It doesn't mean that embellishing wouldn't be an option, but it's a risk. You must have a back-up plan. (If the recruiter wants details, then prepare to say a few sentences. There must not be any change in your tone.) This question requires preparation on your part, as you think of a couple of your best traits and one more that needs to work on. A little.

Why are you leaving your job? You don't want to picture yourself in a negative light, so don't come across as the source of conflict from your previous work experience. Look at the bigger picture, where you're still a work on progress. There are (professional) goals that you must attain in the near future, and the company would be part of that grand plan. Avoid a long answer, as you might say something that could be your Waterloo.

What previous job experience do you bring? It won't take a second to answer this question. The ad gives you an idea of what the (vacant) position entails, and what the company expects from its applicants. It should narrow down your (long) list of professional achievement, skills, and the seminars (or workshops) that you have attended in the past.

Tell us about the time you worked well with a team. This is a tricky one, as you don't want to show what a team player you are. The recruiter (or employer) is assessing your competency when you've been doing challenging tasks. It would be a huge mistake if you mention a trait that you need to work on.

Do You Have Any Questions?

The recruiter would give you a chance to ask a question or two before the conclusion of the job interview. It's a huge mistake not to ask one. It's not right to ask questions that may (or may not) impress the recruiter. If you're really interested in the company, then inquire about the mechanics of the job. Don't be afraid to ask about the future of the company, as well as its potential for growth next year or the year after next. These queries would show that you have given much thought on the vacant position.

Interviewing is like any other skill, so it would be better if you work more on it.

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