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Interviews are seemingly an interesting exercise which could be very overwhelming for starters and the unprepared. Each new day continue to reaffirm the obvious fact that job interviews have become a fierce competition of self and skills sales, to promising employers; and the battle to be chosen above the large turn-out of candidates competing for limited job space is very real.

Now, how can one safely handle through the unpredictable behaviours, mode and criteria for selection to become the very choice candidate who’s preferred above others? Admittedly, it’s a rough path, which should become the very motivation for every candidate to press toward interview preparation excellence.

I have carefully researched and compiled a list of additional 4 important points you should consider more, while preparing for a job interview, and they include:

1. Do Your Research

2. Practicing and Preparing

3. Getting Relevant Training

4. Being Positive and Optimistic

Do Your Research:

If you had the opportunity to switch sides with the employer, what would you expect of an employee to be hired? This question provides a clue as to how employers think and what they look out for when hiring an employee.

As a potential applicant, conducting a detailed research on the Job, expectations of such job role, and how it could be of benefit to the organization; isn’t a bad idea. The goal is to identify key things you could bring to the table that makes you unique and stand out from other candidates.

Practicing and Preparing:

The best way to perfect and become excellent at anything is to practice consistently, alongside a desire to improve. The Ninety seconds elevator pitch isn’t stale yet, if you are looking to perfect on self-selling and presentation skills.

Moreover, hiring managers form opinion about you, your personality and what you have to offer all within the very short time you are being interviewed. I quite agree that there are a lot of things to prepare for, with regards to the subject. However, it’s advisable to prioritize the self-selling 90 seconds elevator pitch, role-play where applicable, and tailoring your CV to the job role.

Getting Relevant Training:

Knowledge have continuously proven to be a powerful tool for progress, which puts you ahead of the competition in the race to land the job. Relevant trainings, professional or non-professional can create an advantage for you as a candidate, during the selection process; especially in a case where the recruiter has a list of many qualified candidates.

Hiring managers have always found themselves in this position, where they have several qualified candidate and require an additional standard to further sieve the candidate to a competing few. This is exactly the point where relevant trainings and certifications makes the difference.

Being Confident and Optimistic:

The decision making process for recruiter, is a complicated one and varies for each individual at different times, with factors contributing to the choice made, which includes: critical analytics, logics, sentiment, emotions, etc.

These factors can still be influenced to your advantage, if you choose to retain the right vibe of being positive, optimistic, objective and confident, etc. all through your interview process. For instance, very confident people, from research, have seemed to consistently get the recruiter’s attention for more considerations. It’s one thing to have knowledge and competence, and it’s another thing, to confidently express the same.

These listed points should help put your job interview preparation in top gear, if you creatively implement them. I wish you the very best.

Good Luck!


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