If you have been called for a job interview, you need to be well-prepared in order to pass and be hired. Here are important pointers that you should remember if you really want to get the job:
Know the contents of your resume. Review a copy of the exact resume you sent to that company. Be sure that you remember the information on your resume as your interviewer may ask some details to make sure that those are facts and not just lies.
Do research about the company. Do some reading about the history and background of the company. Learn as much as you can about the position you are applying for. Remember that the hiring officer would be most interested on what you can do for the company and why you deserved to be hired. If you don’t know the answer to these two questions, obviously you will have a very slim chance of passing the interview.
Dress appropriately. The appropriate attire depends on the kind of job you are applying for. Some professions may not require a coat and tie. However, if you are applying for a managerial position, then a suit is certainly a must. See to it that your clothes are clean and well-pressed and that your shoes are well-polished.
Be there on time. Punctuality is one of the most important attributes that employers look for in a worker. Show that you are a responsible employee by arriving on time. Do not let traffic on the road keep you from being prompt. Prepare early to make sure that you will never be late for your interview.
Be confident. The interviewer will instantly get a first impression about you from the way you look and the way you carry yourself. Choose clothes that you are comfortable in. Do not slouch. Even if you’re feeling nervous, avoid unnecessary gestures. Greet your interviewer and don’t be afraid to smile. When you are speaking or being spoken to, make eye contact.
Be professional. Be professional at all times. Even if the person conducting interview seems too casual, do not forget your manners. Do not slouch in your seat. Do not use street language when responding to questions. Remember that even when the interviewer tells you that the actual interview is done, you are still being observed with your words, thoughts and actions.
Practice. Find use sample job interview questions from the internet and think of how you can answer them best. Practice your response by saying the answer out loud. You can also do a mock interview with a friend or a family member. Although the actual interview questions may not be exactly the same, you can have a better idea as to the type of questions you need to be prepared with