In every interview, you must have competitors even if it was a job handed to you, there are still people that do not like the fact that you were even shortlisted for the interview, so you have to be prepared for every interview that you go for, no matter how Little that organization looks like.
There could be a better opportunity from that small organization so these 5 effective tips will help you look different from your competitors and stand out in an interview.
It is very wrong for you to do anything without adequate preparation. Don’t just put on a shirt and trouser or skirt and hold a file saying you are going for an interview, be very prepared. Know a lot about the company, dress corporately, and combine your colors reasonably. A 2-3 color combo is enough for an interview, this includes your bag, belt, and wristwatch. Read far and wide like it’s a promotional examination. Don’t think that you know all or all the 4-5 years you spent in the university is enough, read like you know nothing.
Don’t wear skimpy dresses that you cannot use to sit down properly. Polish your shoe, so that the interviewer can use your shoe as a mirror, it shows you are neat and organized. Brush your hair neatly or make a lovely hairstyle, your hair should look neat, not unkempt. Most employers are looking for neat people that can represent their brand well both in the office and outside, so your presentation and how you look when going for an interview matters a whole lot. You must know how to dress for an interview.
In addition, be prepared for the question, how much do we pay you? It’s a very important question, you need to prepare for. You can reply this way “ pay me according to the salary structure of your company” Do not make the mistake of calling an amount, it could look big to you and the company it’s nothing or it could be too big for them and they will just reject you, so be prepared to answer questions correctly.
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BE HONEST AND HUMBLE
I know you are desperate for that job, but please don’t include a lie in an interview if not you will continue lying for the rest of your time with that job. Be honest and humble, kill that pride, don’t allow your pride to follow you to the interview hall, drop it at the gate.
Whatever they ask you, just say that as it is. Honesty does not hide its deeds. Your honest attitude makes way for you, so keep being honest and humble it will open those gates to dine with kings. Be humble even to the last small child in that organization. Honesty and humility are 2 virtues that every employer is looking for in an employee, so be honest and humble to visitors and everyone you meet, not just on the day of your interviewer but on every other day.
Some organizations can go as far as asking if you can lie for their company, most times it’s a test to see how honest you are, don’t fall for that trick, simply reply that you will be honest to your job. The Secretary to the interview office may be a 10 years old girl or boy, don’t go and start shouting at him/her simply because you are 30years, be humble.
Confidence increases your chances at any job interview. Shyness will not take you far in life. Be bold and confident in any interview that you go for or you are been called for. Your level of confidence introduces you before you even speak. Your level of confidence alone can give you a good job even if you give a wrong answer in your interview. Be confident enough to defend what you know and not what you don’t know. Answer every question confidently, sit confidently, talk with all confidence.
Your interviewers may look all strict and all but be confident around them, they just want to see how you can perform. If for example you are asked a question about something you don’t know, you can confidently tell them you need some time to carry out research on that, don’t start feeling bad, and reply that you don’t know.
Be confident at every step of the interview. A firm handshake implies that you are confident, don’t give a half handshake or refuse to shake the interviewer if he offers you a hand, it is rude. Keep steady and natural eye contact, it reveals confidence. Stop looking at the ground, you have no business with the number of tiles or how neat it looks.
REVEAL YOUR CREATIVITY LEVEL
Learn to reveal your creativity in your interview, it helps you step up than others. Show them what they are going to miss out on if they do not choose you. Reveal to them how you can use your creativity to take their organization to the next level.
Creative individuals are in charge of almost all organizations, it could be a bank, an industry, or a hospital. Use an appropriate example from your previous work to reveal how creative you are. Every employer is looking for a creative individual that can brainstorm and reveal new ideas that will bring progress to their organization.
REMEMBER TO SAY THANKS
Learn to say thanks to everyone before, within, and after the interview. Even the cleaner, driver, house help, they all need the word thank you. Say thanks to everyone even when the interview does not go well, thank you can make that interviewer have a rethink on employing.
Appreciate anybody you meet on this journey of life, you don’t know who is who. Saying thank you does not remove any strand of your hair, so learn to say it. You can practice by saying it to your siblings, friends, and family members. When the gateman opens the gate for you, say thanks. When the Secretary greets you or answers your questions, say thanks, don’t just walk away.
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