Preparing To Pass An Interview
You have been invited for an interview, for your dream job. Let us assume that, for example, you have taken your USPS exam, you have passed and you are attending an interview. How do you prepare for it? It could be any other job as well. There is only one thing in the minds of the interviewers or recruiters, and that is to get the best, all rounded candidate.
Know as much as possible about the organization you are applying to work with
Get as much background information about the organization that you are interviewing for as possible. Most likely, the recruiters will want to know why you have chosen to work for that organization. Woe unto you if you do not know anything about it; it will be a flop. Go to the company website, find as much information about it as you can, what they do, what they offer, their salary structures if available and so on. That way, you will not be joining the company blindly.
Prepare for the recruiters test
Most recruiters prefer using a test to gauge the effectiveness of different candidates for different positions. This test is generated by the use of software. It could be used to gauge your people skills, your technical skills for the job and generally, there could be several questions as well, slipped in to gauge your aptitude.
Recruiters do not only use software to set their tests, but they also use it to grade the performance of the people who take the test, starting with the top performers. Thus, you need to know how this software works so that you prepare thoroughly for the test. In addition, you could take practice tests for aptitude on the internet, to hone your skills some more.
Get some interview skills
The very first minutes of entering the interview room will determine your success or failure a great deal. Thus, you need not only pass the recruiters test, but you also need to know a few tips and tricks about how to stand out. Here are a few things that matter:
· Body language
You must portray confidence. When you enter the interview room, you will definitely be feeling some butterflies in your belly. Inhale deeply. Energize your brain by drawing oxygen deeply. That way, you will quell any lack of confidence.
Keep your answers straight, to the point
Recruiters do not have the time to listen to full biographies. Therefore, keep your answers concise, but at the same time, offer important information. Monosyllabic answers will not be good, neither will answers that are too long.
· Dress code
When you are attending an interview, it is not the time for you to wear denims. You might think that the interviewer will not mind since you are more art oriented. Look decent, cover up any tattoos, unless, of course you are looking for work in a tattoo parlor. You may not wear an Armani suit, but you need to look formal and decent.