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Tips For Face-to-face Interview

Tips For Face-to-face Interview

In most cases, a face-to-face interview is a necessary recruitment stage for lots of organizations even those that have embraced full digitalization. This is often a daunting stage of the recruitment process. Job seekers may have to go through this process but they can strike fear into the heart of even the most confident of candidates. That’s the reason we’ve pulled together our very best advice to ensure you put your best foot forward from the moment you walk through the door. Let’s take a look at some valuable tips for a face-to-face interview.

Everybody naturally dreads going to a face-to-face interview. The anxiety of your lips drying up, your well-practiced words faltering, and pure panic setting in as you find yourself rambling and watching your dream job disappear before your own eyes is common. Here are our suggestions to ensure that you come out successful and get the job.

Tips For Face-to-face Interview

Do your due diligence on the organization

You’re about to meet the individuals who not only work for the company but also have the authority to decide who gets accepted into the organization you’ve decided to apply to, so guess what? You need to learn as much as you can about them. The obvious ways to swot up include reading the news, visiting the organization’s website, and joining their LinkedIn group.

But if you want to edge out the competition, research the company by downloading the annual report (most large corporations have these), and see if you can meet up for coffee with any contacts or friends of friends that work there right now (or have in the past). Use the internet to your advantage.

Have mock face-to-face interviews

The best method to prepare for difficult questions being posed in an unusual setting by strangers is to conduct mock interviews that closely resemble the situation. See if any of your friends’ families would be willing to sit you down, put you through your paces, and then give you some honest criticism on how you did. People are often eager to help.

It’s best to discover this knowledge gap before the interview so that you may do some further reading rather than during the actual interview if you’re seeking a position in investment banking and you don’t know what happens to Bond Prices as interest rates rise.

Analyze your CV and application 

You must typically have provided the recruiters with information about yourself through a CV or online application form to get to the interview stage. The good news is that you have already outperformed the competition to reach the interview stage; typically, only approximately 50% of applications make it beyond the screening stage and into the interview stage. The current danger is that you are unable to substantiate your claims.

Find the spots on your resume and application that can cause the interviewer to “dig deeper” by looking at them (or having a friend do it). What exactly did you contribute to your last job and how did your contributions fare? 

Research the interviewer(s) if possible

Organizations will occasionally (but not usually) let you know ahead of time who will be interviewing you. Knowing as much as you can about the individual asking you the questions won’t do any harm. You can learn more about someone by considering their experience, seniority, and anything else (like published research work).

More knowledge is always better than less knowledge, and doing some research on the interviewers will undoubtedly help you feel more at ease around those who will be deciding the direction of your career. Google, LinkedIn, and the business website can all be useful in this situation.

Understand that first impressions do count

The first minute of an interview can determine our future. Tricia Prickett, a psychology student, discovered that by observing only the first 15 seconds of an interview, which includes the handshake and “hello,” observers could determine if a candidate would be hired. Make sure you arrive in style by grinning, being upbeat, shaking hands firmly, and starting the meeting off strong.

Take your time and use the ‘think, speak, shut-up’ strategy

Saying the first thing that comes to mind will not benefit you because the interviewer will be seeking indications of structured thinking. Most applicants skip right to the speaking portion of the interview; to stand out from the pack, let your intellect do its job first, then respond. Finally, know when to stop speaking.

Always have a go at answering nightmare questions that could pop up

It’s crucial to always demonstrate a can-do attitude by trying to answer a difficult issue, but always make sure you know the answer even if you don’t.

Give examples in your answer to questions

“Competency-based Interviews” are a common format for interviews. Employers use instances of situations you’ve handled similarly in the past to determine whether you’re a good fit for the position they have open. For instance, if you’re applying for a position in consulting, which typically involves working with clients, the recruiter will want to know how well you engage with them. “Can you give me an example of a time when you had to deal with a tough client?” is an example of a competency-based question. So, in this situation, they’ll be searching for an instance from a former position where you interacted with a client and what transpired. To guide you through these problems, we strongly advise using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method.

Keep your body language in mind, but don’t get caught up in it

We know you’re smart, so instructing you to maintain a precise 85.8% eye contact and watch that you don’t constantly rub your nose beneath you. However, research indicates that 93% of human communication is nonverbal, making body language crucial. To ensure that your interviewer remembers your answers rather than becoming distracted by your nervous twitches, you should always appear engaged, switched on, and not doing anything to distract the interviewer (gentlemen, refrain from jiggling your legs, ladies, refrain from fidgeting with your hair!).

Ask Questions

After an interview, you will typically be asked if you have any questions. Make sure you always have at least two compelling questions prepared for the interviewer. It might be anything, such as further information regarding the role, the team structure, an article you’ve read about the firm, or the company’s strategic direction. Make sure the questions aren’t routine (e.g., about pay or the start date) or ones you need to be able to answer. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate that you go above and beyond (something that all recruiters seek) and that you are knowledgeable about the position and the company.

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