How To Ace A Job Interview And Land Your Dream Job
Are you ready to land your dream job? If so, join us as we discuss on how to ace your upcoming job interview. We will discuss on how to prepare for your interview and how to respond during the interview.
First we are going to look at how to prepare for a job interview.
How to prepare for a job interview
- Research your potential employer
- Review the job description
- Practice your answers
- Dress appropriately on the day of the interview
- Be on time
1. Research about your potential employer
One of the most important things to do when preparing for an interview is to research about your potential employer, so that you are well versed about their accomplishments, goals and mission. If they have a website, browse their website to learn about their history, latest achievements and future goals. Doing this will help you formulate your interview answers.
2. Review the job description
Review the job description to help you answer the questions on why you are the most suitable candidate for the job and its responsibilities. Make sure you have the required skills and experience that a successful candidate is required to have.
3. Practice your answers
While you might meet some new questions during the interview, there are some frequently asked interview questions that are usually asked in most interviews. Take a look at the most popular interview questions we have listed below and practice how you would answer them.
4. Dress appropriately on the day of the interview
First impressions last longer. Make sure you dress in a way that creates a good first impression on the hiring team. Browse the company’s website or social media profiles to see the employee dress code and use that as a guide when choosing your outfit. However, in most cases a business formal suit will work best for any interview.
5. Be on time.
Avoid being late. Rather be early, if the interview is at 10AM, show up at 9:45. Here are a few tips to avoid being late:
- scout the interview location beforehand so that you are sure about how to get there.
- leave extra early, in case of unexpected traffic delays.
If you arrive too soon, don’t wait in the lobby. Instead, wait in your car or find a quiet place where you can sit and review your notes and strategies.
What to avoid during an interview
1. Avoid saying negative things about your current/previous employer
Criticizing your current/past employers can paint you as a malcontent. If you can’t say something positive, don’t say anything at all.
2. Avoid appearing nervous
An interview can sometimes make even the best of us nervous. However, you shouldn’t let it show. Here are a few tips to avoid appearing nervous:
- Sit up straight
- Don’t fidget
- Look confident
- Make eye contact but don’t stare
- Smile but don’t grin
- Speak clearly.
Make it all seem natural.
Most frequently asked interview questions
1. Tell Me About Yourself
This is one of the questions you are most likely to be asked in a job interview. With this question, the interviewer wants to know why you’re the right candidate for the job, so be prepared to talk about yourself and why you’re the right candidate for the job.
This question is about your personality. To answer this question, you could start by sharing your personal interests, hobbies, where you grew up, your education, what motivates you and your personal experiences. Make sure what you say indirectly emphasises why your personality makes you the right person for the job.
Currently, I am a freelance web developer and I have built websites for more than a 100 clients. In my two years as a web developer, I have earned recommendations from the Freelance Association for having 100% client satisfaction. Because I am always challenging and upgrading myself, I have recently enrolled to Harvard online for a Master’s degree in Front End Development….
2. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Hiring teams often ask about your strengths and weaknesses so that they can map out areas where you excel and areas where you could improve. When you mention your strengths, mention your best technical skills. When it comes to weaknesses, try to choose weaknesses in areas where you have already taken steps to improve.
Working as a web developer, I mastered technical skills such as visual design and user experience. Combining these skills with my natural ability to solve problems and think analytically allows me to work seamlessly with clients. However, during my first few contracts as a freelancer, I realized that I was trying to impose on my clients whats best for them instead of letting them choose for themselves. This often resulted in extra work load for me and frustration for my clients. After realising my mistake, I worked hard to improve my handling of client requirements and as a result, my approval rating increased by 25%.”
3. Why should we hire you?
This is a direct question that requires you to explain why you are the most suitable candidate for the job. It is less about your personality but about whether you have the required qualifications for the job, so be prepared to explain why you’re the most suitable applicant for the job.
Be confident and concise when explaining why you should get the job and what you have to offer, should you get the job. Emphasize on your skills, experience and accomplishments, and how they align with the company’s goals.
4. Why Do You Want This Job?
When answering this question, show the interviewer what you know about the job and the company and why you want the job. It is helpful to thoroughly research about the company and the job in question.
Be specific about why you want the job. Mention the aspects of the job that appeals to you the most and what makes you a good fit for the job.
This post aligns well with my experience and future goals. After working for 2 years as a freelancer, I believe I am now fully experienced to handle this job effectively. I am very enthusiastic about working for your organisation as a web developer because of the technological breakthroughs you are always achieving every year. I believe I can realise my full potential in a technologically advanced organisation as yours.
5. Why are you leaving your current job?
When you answer such a question, try to not mentioning anything negative about your current job or company, if you are currently employed. Instead, talk about positive aspects of your moving on, such as seeking professional growth or looking for greater challenges.
I spent the past 2 years as a freelancer, perfecting my skills and workmanship. I’m now ready to move into an organisation that can offer me greater and exciting challenges. Your organisation is the best place where I hope I will achieve professional career growth.
6. Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
This question is meant to find out if you have some sort of a plan for your career. Your potential employer wants to know if you are goal oriented and are working towards something.
When answering such a question, you don’t have to show that you are planning on working for the company until you retire. Instead, focus more on the importance of continuing to learn and improve yourself. Companies prefer self-motivated people when hiring.