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Successful job interview tips for a fresher

You’ve just completed your studies and looking forward to a job. After sending cover letters and resumes to many places, finally your hard work has paid off and you have been called for an interview. It’s obvious that you get nervous; remember that interview is a chance to prove yourself and you have to show that you are excellent above everyone who’s on the line.

Once you get the interview, prepare and consider few things before hitting on to the face-to –face conversation. This will not only develop your confidence, it will also help polish your knowledge.

Here are 10 important tips to help your interview lead to your job:

Do your homework:
The interviewer expects you to know about the corporation or the company before hand. So, research as much about the company before hand. It will also help you showcase that knowledge during the interview. The research work boosts your credibility with the interviewer and will help you to formulate intelligent questions to ask him/her.

Know where you’re going:
Save yourself time and unnecessary stress by knowing where you’re going, how long the trip is going to take, how to get there, the name and phone number of the person you will be meeting et cetera.

Look the part:
Make sure you dress up professionally before heading off for an interview. It’s better if you have an understanding of the office environment before hand. Don’t be afraid to inject some personality into your looks and don’t neglect details.

Rehearse beforehand:
Prior to your interview, prepare answers to common questions the interviewer is likely to ask, such as what are your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you? And the ever popular “tell me about your self”. Conduct a mock interview with a trusted friend as practice.

Secure your references:
You need to find at least three key people former supervisors, colleagues, or instructors who are willing to serve as your professional references. Be sure to secure their permission beforehand, and be certain that they will speak highly of you if contacted by a potential employer.

Arrive early:
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview. Visit the restroom and check your appearance in the mirror. Announce yourself to the receptionist to let him or her know that you have arrived and that you have an appointment. Turn your cell phone off so it doesn’t ring during your meeting.

Bring necessary documentation:
Before you leave home, make sure that you have all the necessary documents with you. These documents may include extra copies of your résumé, a passport, driver’s license, portfolio of writing samples or other professional work. If you are a recent graduate, you should also bring along your college transcripts.

Sell yourself:
The interview is your chance to shine, so now is not the time to be humble. Develop a 25-second sales pitch that sings your praises. Known as an “elevator speech” in business, a compelling overview of why you? It should include your strengths, your abilities, and what sets you uniquely apart from other applicants.

Don’t neglect to ask questions:
Based on your earlier research, ask how the responsibilities of the open position relate to the company’s goals and plans for the future. Interviewers are often favorably impressed by candidates who show that they are knowledgeable about the organization.

Follow up:
After the interview, don’t forget to send a handwritten note or friendly email thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration, as well as restating your interest and commitment to the position. If you don’t hear anything after one week, call to politely inquire when they will be making a final decision.

Now you’re all set to head off, go create your impression!


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