I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we are all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.
~ Ellen DeGeneres (Comedian/Personality/Philanthropist)
You have done the work, planned your job search, handed in applications and now you are counting the days till the big day – your job interview.
At this time, put yourself in the interviewers’ shoes. They have a great curriculum vitae and cover letter in front of their eyes coming from a person having qualifying measures aplenty. They may have already identified all their crucial transferable skills to you which means you sense that you could be the ideal candidate for the role.
But the job interview continues to be the only opportunity that the job interviewer will have to get to understand or know potential candidates and thus verify if they are able to back up their competencies on paper and deliver results, as you promised when making a job application through job sites, such as Nineoclock.
Being a postgraduate job seeker you should work hard to make a good first impression. Many employers think that postgraduates could be a little too academic and possibly not have the personal attributes and people skills that they will need in order to get the job done. Making that great first impression will certainly depend on self-confidence, body gestures and appearance, however, most of all it means you must be very well prepared and be familiar with the company and its strategies.
Feeling well prepared and positive is going to be noticeable in your manner on the day. You may want to check out here to help perform at your very best and be offered your dream job.
1. Have a mock job interview. You could do that with a close friend however you can also talk to your supervisor to support you with this. Handle various standard questions such as “why are you applying”, “why do you think you are suited to this particular job” etc.
2. Check, double check and even triple check the time and location. After that check, double check and triple check your routes and then have a backup plan ready just in case.
3. Dress properly. Get your interview shirt or dress prepared the day in advance to avoid last minute panic.
4. Don’t carry loads of stuff with you – travel as light as possible.
5. If you must have documents on you, such as: references or certificates, have them prepared in a decent file at least 24 hours before the interview but try for 1 week. If you have lost something it might take a while to order a replacement.
6. Go to the toilet just before the job interview.
Exactly like preparing for a viva, have a seat with your curriculum vitae and cover letter upfront and make notes on yourself. This is the only data the interviewers have looked upon so ensure that you remember everything you stated inside and out and are able to support it with further examples so that you may show depth.
One of the most basic questions is “tell me about yourself”, so plan an appropriate respond to this question that won’t consist of a summary of successes (most of these are already in your curriculum vitae) or too much private details. Be professional and talk about the characteristics that fit with the firm culture such as hard-working, organized and very good communicator.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us
~ Helen Keller (Author/Political Activist)