This is 2013. As you know, there are fewer new jobs being added to the economy and there are more people competing for these jobs. What worked three years ago may not work this year. So for that reason, we have compiled five tips that you can use to nail the job in your next interview.
- UTILIZE SOCIAL MEDIA
The 21st century has seen great innovations in internet technology chief of which is the development of social media channels like facebook, twitter, instagram etc. Blogging has also come to the fore as a way of sending a message to an audience. As a job seeker, you should take control of your social media channels. Make your facebook and twitter look professional. Keep your personal details in separate social media channels. Try your hand at blogging and build authority in your industry. It would make for great discussion when you are having an interview.
- RESEARCH YOUR TARGET COMPANIES
You may have sent out a bunch of applications and you are waiting for interview call ups. You should use that period to find out everything about your target company. Check out the company’s linkedin and the website. The information you get could be very essential in deciding whether you get the job or not. If you have done your research you would be able to have points to talk about with your interviewers and this could make the difference in your job search.
- DRESS WELL
Of course, well is a subjective word. However, this is 2013 and competition for jobs is intense. Pageants are not yet part of the recruitment process but you would do well to dress a level above what the employees in your target company dress at. If it is a casual environment, wear business casual. If it is business casual, dress formally.
Make sure that your dressing is impeccable. You do not want the interviewer to focus more on your dressing than what you are saying. So dress well and you would feel more comfortable. When you are more comfortable, you would be able to answer questions with confidence and ease and this would lead to a better interview performance.
- MASTER THE INTERVIEW
Given the competition at interviews nowadays, you can not afford to lead anything to chance. Master common interview questions. Find people who have interviewed at your target company and ask them the questions they were asked. Prepare your answers before hand so that when you are asked you would be articulate. This does not mean that you should memorize answers. Rather get conversant in the issues you are likely to discuss at the interview.
When you prepare, you stand a much better chance of getting the job
- ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Towards the end of the interview, you would be given the opportunity to ask questions. In the past, you may have the opportunity to just ask any run-of-the-mill question and you would still get the job. Nowadays, the questions you ask are also of importance in deciding if you are the right candidate for the job. Ask questions that demonstrate that you really want the job and that you are likely to succeed if given the job.
We hope that you have gained something from this brief article. Let us know if you have any tips that may help job seekers in getting their dream jobs.