Career Tips

Interview Tips

The interview is a two-way process. The interviewer is evaluating the candidate, and the candidate is evaluating the company. It's important to be prepared for an interview. Research the company and prepare answers to common questions like "What are your strengths?" or "What are your weaknesses?" etc...

It's also important to be confident in yourself and your skills. If you're not sure about something, don't pretend that you know it all. Be honest with yourself and with the interviewer about what you know and what you don't know. Interview skills are a set of skills that are required to be successful in an interview. These skills include the ability to answer questions, ask questions, and maintain eye contact.

The following are some tips:

Prepare for the interview by researching the company and position

An interview is a conversation between two people. It is a one-on-one conversation that typically takes place in person. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee answers them.

The interviewer may ask questions to understand the interviewee's knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience more deeply. They might also ask about the interviewee's work history, education, and other qualifications. so prepare all the answers and practice how to represent yourself.

Dress appropriately

Dress appropriately for the interview. This means wearing clothes that are appropriate for the company and job position you are interviewing for. For example, if you are interviewing at a bank, wear a suit and tie or dress. If you are interviewing at a tech company, wear something casual like jeans and a t-shirt.

Be confident

It is best to practice your interview skills and have a go-to answer ready for any question. Confidence matters because it shows that you trust your own abilities. You know you can do the job, and you know you will be able to provide an excellent service. You will make a good impression on the interviewer and they’ll be more likely to give you the job offer.

Be prepared to answer any question

The interview is a crucial part of the hiring process. It is the time when you get to know more about the company and the position, and it is also your chance to show your skills and personality. It is important to be prepared for any question that might be asked. You should have a list of questions that you want to ask as well so that you can make sure that you are getting all of the information that you need before making a decision

Ask questions about the company and position

You also want to pick up on what’s happened in the interview so far. Ask questions that build off of what you and the interviewer have discussed.

For Example:

Q.1 What is the company culture like?

Q.2 What are the company's goals for this year?

Q.3 How does the company measure success?

Q.4 How would you describe your management style?

- U. Bagban

How to write a job application cover letter

To write an effective job application letter, you need answers to the following questions:

Why are you writing?

The introduction in your cover letter or email should set your intent for writing in the first place. While the subject will mention the purpose, the reference to an advertisement, social media post, or even a conversation with a common acquaintance will get the HR manager’s attention. Bear in mind that your cover letter is for introducing your profile so compellingly that the recipient feels the need to see more of who you are and pick up the phone to fix an interview appointment at the earliest.

How should it look?

Well, for beginners, it should be legible, well-formatted, and clean. The easiest way to achieve this, if you have to send a hard copy, is to type it out and then print it. Keep it short and of course, if you’re sending it on email, it shouldn’t be longer than three short paragraphs.

What should it contain?

The relevant skills and capabilities you possess for the role and organization should be evident instantly when the recruiter reads your cover letter. If you can put facts and figures to your achievements, include them to make the case even more compelling for the hirer.

Who are you writing to?

Whether you’re writing to HR Manager within the company or a department head - be mindful of who you are writing to and customize your job application letter appropriately.

Once you answer the above questions, you are ready to roll but make sure you avoid the following

  • Don’t summarise or repeat lines from your resume

  • This isn’t the time or place to mention remuneration expectations