The world today is going through economic crises which makes it difficult for most organizations to recruit more manpower. In a country like Nigeria, most of her citizens always have the mindset that you must have a strong connect with top profile individuals before you could land yourself a good-paying job. While it is true that connections can help you secure a job in a government agency or a company, many people still get jobs by attending an interview and impressing the interviewer.
Also, while it is true that you can get a job by attending an interview, you may need to attend more than one job interview to land yourself your dream job. In fact, statistics show that an average of four interviews is required before getting that dream job.
Therefore, for you to be able to stand out among the rest of the applicants, you must make sure you have a well-written CV and take time to prepare for an interview.
In today's article, you will get some helpful tips that will help you ace your recruitment interview sooner than later.
Understand the job description you are applying for
When it comes to securing a job, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before going for an interview. Questions like, do I have what it takes to do well in the advertised position? Do I have ample experience to occupy such a position? etc. are what you need to ask yourself. You see, while it is true that most Nigerians are putting in all effort to land a job, you should be wary of spamming employers with your applications.
When applying for a job, try to be as honest as possible with yourself so that you don't end up getting rejection emails all the time. So what are we trying to say? Make sure you have the required skills needed for the particular job you are applying for!
Now, assuming you have gone through the job description and you believe you have what it takes to work for the company, there are things you need to analyse before going for the interview.
First, you should make sure your CV and cover letter reflect what is advertised by the employer. Remember, just like yourself, thousands of people are also looking for jobs and every interviewer is looking for ways to trim down the number of candidates because time is of the essence to them.
Assuming you have sent in your CV and cover letter and an email has been sent to you informing you of an upcoming interview, you need to start preparing for the interview as soon as possible. If you want to really ace an interview, you need to dedicate your time and effort to it - go through the job description, understand what the company wants from candidates and prepare towards that direction.
Get some knowledge about the company
After getting your CV and cover letter ready and have been invited for an interview, the next thing you want to do is to learn more about the company. In a case whereby a recruiting agency has been put in place to conduct the interview, then you need to know one or two things about the agency because they may likely ask you some questions about their agency.
So why do you need to know more about the company? It is a common saying that, "if you must work for me, then you must know me." With the recent development in technology, it is now very easy for anyone to access information online via the internet. Take your time to find the company's website and go through their "about page" to understand what they are into. Peradventure the company has no website (which is very unlikely in this present dispensation), you should be able to get a clue about them by checking social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Questions like the company's policy, vision and mission are some of the things you would want to know before approaching the hiring manager. Once you can get all this information and you are able to present them with confidence to the hiring managers, then you are definitely on the right track of winning their hearts.
Note: While it is good to learn about the company you want to work for, all your focus should not be on that alone because there are other vital things needed from you to land the job (which is, being qualified for the job you applied for).
Analyse your strength and weaknesses
Now we are getting to the crux of the matter. Getting your dream job requires some work on your path, which involves highlighting your skills, relevant work experience, etc. on your CV and cover letter. You need to know your strength and weaknesses, analyse them to see if you have what it takes to fit in perfectly to the job description.
Before going for an interview, you need to speak to yourself and ask yourself some questions. At this point, you may need a quiet place to meditate on some of the possible questions to expect from your interviewer. Just to give you a clue, below are some of the good questions you may need to ask yourself:
- Do I have the necessary experience needed to get the particular job in question?
- If I should negotiate my salary as high as possible, would it affect my chances of getting the job?
- Would I be on point if I should tell the interviewer I'm the best for the job?
- Which questions do I need to answer thoroughly and which one deserves just a brief answer?
By asking yourself all these questions, you are trying to put yourself in the interviewer's shoe's, which is a vital step to take when preparing for interviews.
You must understand that for you to be called for an interview, it simply means that what you have on your CV and cover letter reflects what your employer is looking for (at least to a reasonable extent). What is left is for you to go prove your worth and personality, and ultimately defend what you have on your CV.
Therefore, you need to spend some time with your CV, go through everything you have on it and make sure you are able to defend every point stated on your CV.
Note: Do not be ashamed to stress out your weaknesses since your recruiters will find out in the process of being asked some questions. No one is perfect after all. However, you have to be smart about how you present it so as not to make you look awful.
Practising to boost your confidence
You can either expect a face-to-face interview or a video interview. However, with the recent development of Covid-19 pandemic, most hiring managers are now shifting attention to a video interview. Nonetheless, whichever one they announce to you via email, you should be prepared for it.
Take your time to practice at home before going for the real interview. This will help boost your confidence and in turn, helps you to perform well. During the interview, things like eye contact and body language are some of the tips used to score your confidence level. Make sure you have eye contact with your hiring manager from time to time and maintain a sitting position that portrays some level of confidence.
Note: Do not mistake arrogance for confidence. While you are trying to show your confidence to the recruiters, do not overstretch it to a point of being read as arrogance.
If you need to write out some things and keep reciting it until you get used to it, please do it. Remember, getting your dream job requires effort and time. If you must stand out from the crowd, you must do things that are slightly exceptional from other candidates.
Prepare yourself for the D-Day!
Punctuality and how you dress to your interview matter a lot. Make sure you look smart in your dressing and endeavour to get to the recruiting venue at least thirty minutes before the time. These two key tips have been the undoing of many job candidates and a lot of persons have lost huge opportunities because of these simple but crucial factors.
Other things to take along with you include several copies of your CV, a pen and notebook, photocopies of your credentials, etc.
If you can follow these interview tips in this article and put in the effort to master them, you should land your dream job sooner than later.