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Preparation - The Key To A Successful Interview

Aug 28, 2008
When you receive a call for an interview, you prepare to face your interviewer, who will be throwing questions at you right and left; and your success at providing the right answers and making a favorable impression will be the crucial factor in determining whether you get the job or not.

Interview Preparations

Now, if you wait until the very last minute and start your preparations for the interview only after you receive the call, you are bound to meet with disaster. The ideal way to prepare for your interview is to start your preparations at least two to three days before the date on which you interview is scheduled.

The reason for this is that you should have adequate time to research the company profile, review practice questions and select the right clothes to wear at the interview. You must also have sufficient time to get directions to reach the interview location if that area is not familiar. This will allow you to assess how much time you will need to reach the place of the interview.

Dress Code

No loud clothes please! You should always dress decently in formal clothes when appearing for an interview. A business suit is best - and preparing in advance means cleaning and ironing your suit to give it a crisp, clean look.

Remember, the first impression is often the last impression. Your no-nonsense look can project you as a serious working individual, which will work very much in your favor.

Company Statistics

The interviewer will invariably want to know if you are really interested in joining "this" company or is it just a "any job anywhere" type of strategy that has led you to the interview.

Your genuine interest in the company will be evident from the knowledge you have about it, and this can be gained through proper research of the company website and any other material that you can get your hands on.

Your knowledge about the company will be an indicator of your motivation to work for them; and it will predict the quality of your contribution to the goals of the company.

Resume

It is of paramount importance that your resume is up-to-date and reflects your academic qualifications and other relevant attributes. It should be designed to highlight your strengths and tailored in a manner that projects your suitability to the position applied for.

Employers do not like unusually lengthy resumes, as they hardly have time to delve into minute details to fish out what they need in the ideal applicant. This is why it is critical to find out the requirements of the position and present your skills and abilities that match it in a simple, straightforward style.

Time to Practice Test Questions

It is very important to practice test questions to be able to glide gracefully through your interview. Practice will increase your level of confidence, help you become tension free and elicit natural responses.

No matter what position you are interviewing for, it is your preparation that will determine if you are successful or not. By following the above tips, you will give yourself a running start.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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