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How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Derek Cirino - Jan 8, 2018

Even though no process is perfect, a job interview is the most common process to hire candidates. It is your duty to make the best of it so that it does not go against you. You have to understand that job interviews are not designed to select the best candidates but the candidates who project themselves as the best. So, even if you think you are more qualified than other candidates, you still need to prepare.

Prepare properly

Try to research everything about the company. This is the least your interviewer expects from you. This is why even a third party staffing agency will disclose the company.

No two companies operate the same way so there are differences in the duties of the same position in different companies. For instance, a customer service officer in some companies only needs to focus on after sales support because of the workload involved but a customer service officer in others must also make sales.

You need to do a research on the company to know the duties of any employee in the position you applied for and not depend only on the general responsibilities of the position.


Distinguish yourself

While your attitude, your conduct and the way you answer every question matter, what matters most is distinguishing yourself. Before going for an interview, ask yourself what makes you a better candidate than others. Assume that only one slot is available for the position you applied for. So, give the interview the reasons that make you a more qualified candidate than others.

If you can come up with good reasons, then you should find a way to include them in your discussion. Of course, the interviewer will allow you to say a few things about yourself. This is the real interview, every other thing is a mere formality.


Be observant

Although it is not advisable to come too early, it may be seen as not being able to follow instructions. However, while you are waiting for your turn, you should observe all you can observe. You could get to know one or two more things about the company that way.


Be careful with your weakness

You may be asked about your weakness. Don’t say anything that will jeopardize your chances even if it is the truth. For instance, if your weakness is stubbornness, you should never say that to an interviewer. It means once employed, you won’t take instructions.

Have you ever wondered why interviewers ask for your weakness? It is an indirect way of asking why they should not employ you. To make it less obvious, they also ask for your strength. Remember, weakness supersedes strength. If a sales executive has a strength of being able to persuade people to buy his products but has a weakness of preferring to do things his own way, he won’t be employed!

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