Preparing for job interviews - Part 2
So it’s been a long gap. But here we are with the second part of our three part series.
As discussed in our previous blog, preparing for job interviews can seem like a daunting task. But if you keep in mind a few important points then you can ace any interview. In this blog, we will take a look at the mental preparation required before meeting a prospective employer.
Yes, you read it right. Mental preparation!
You are properly groomed, have great portfolio & references, and adequate communication skills. But if you are not mentally strong, you may miss the opportunity.
It is not as difficult as it sounds. Let’s look at a few important tips to remember before you go for that dream job interview.
- In-depth subject knowledge
You have gone through a professional training to prepare for your dream job. You have received theoretical & practical training. And now you are about to meet your prospective employer. It is important to remember all that you have learnt. Revise subjects studied during your course. Knowledge in the field of specialisation must be up-to-date.
- Current affairs
It may seem irrelevant, but it is important to be aware of the current affairs. Even though the news may not always be connected with your job or industry, employers prefer to hire well-informed people. Regular reading of newspaper and listening to news & discussions are useful in being up-to-date. To get that extra edge, form unbiased views & opinions, supported with well-considered reasons.
- Do your homework
It is always good to know a little more than just the name. Find out as much as possible about the interviewing company. From the products & services offered to the various social initiatives that the company may have been a part of in recent times. And all this information is just a click away. Simply visit their website & you will have all the information at your fingertips.
- Personal presentation
End of the day, employers hire you not only because of your qualifications, but also for the person you present yourself as. A number of biographical & general questions can be asked at an interview. It is necessary to look at the submitted resume, and be prepared to give more information about all items including hobbies & other interests mentioned.
Your state of mind could be the make or break point between your success and failure. After all the hard work, don't let small mistakes take away big opportunities. Be well-prepared in all aspects to make sure that you become the first choice.
In our next blog, we will look at the third & final aspect of job interview preparation - psychological preparation. Stay tuned!