Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Interview Tips on How to Face Your First Interview

Out from the college, when you apply for the first job and appear for the interview for the first time, it is obvious that you are afraid of facing the employers. When you appear for the interview with this fear in your mind, you certainly do not perform well. Initial preparation can help you remove this fear from your mind and gain confidence. There are several interview questions common for all job positions. Interviewer will obviously ask these questions to you also. Stay prepared for answering these simple questions. Providing necessary answers to them will generate confidence in your mind that can help you further in your interview. 

Basic Interview Tips
When you are appearing for the personal interview for the first time, it is important to follow some basic tips.
  • Don’t be late for the interview. Arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time
  • Greet the interviewer by his/her last name
  • Let the employer start the conversation
  • When employer asks about yourself, focus on your background. Do talk about your professional details but don’t go much in to details
  • Focus on your achievements and  job relevant skills
  • Display your interest in the job
  • Carry an extra copy of your CV when going for the interview
  • Provide explanation to the questions. Do not answer just in ‘yes’ or ‘no’
These are some basic tips to follow when you are appearing for your first personal interview. Apart from these tips, there are several questions that employers ask. These questions are generally asked for all types of jobs. You can prepare yourself well for answering these questions. Here we provide you such common interview questions to help you face your first job interview confidently. 

Interview Questions 

Tell us about yourself
This is generally the first question of every interview. Asking this question, employer wants to know about your background as well has he checks your communication skills. Introduce yourself effectively to the employer. Talk about your personal details and give overview of your professional details.

Why are you looking for a job change?
When employer asks this question, they want to know your objective behind your job change. Never say that you want to change your job for getting better pay. Instead, you can say that you want to advance in your career and obtain  a better position to utilize and learn new job skills. 

What do you know about this company?
Employers always like the candidates those have prior knowledge about the company. Answering this question needs prior research. You must have researched before appearing for the interview to know the work profile of the company. 

Why do you want to work in this particular company?
This question is directly related to the previous question. Any research made by you must have led you to the conclusion of working in the company. List your career goals and explain to the interviewer what you aim to achieve while benefiting the company.
Apart from these basic questions, there are many others asked by the interviewer during the interview. Some of them are –
  • Why do you consider yourself suitable for this position?
  • What interests you about this position?
  • What are your skills relevant to the applied position?
  • Can you handle the workload if you are hired?

Stay ready with appropriate answers for these questions. You will surely perform well if you do initial preparation.