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How to crack a job interview- 10 tips (part-2)

Welcome again guys, here is the continuation from the last article How to crack a job interview- 10 tips (part-1). Now, the next 5 points which will help you to crack a job interview are mentioned below!

6. Reply with a thankyou mail

Tip number six. Send thank-you notes or thank you emails within24 hours of your interview. Now, I say thank you notes or thank you emails because in my mind, time is of the essence here, and in a lot of cases, it’s pretty difficult to get an actual, physical handwritten note to your interviewer, especially if the building that you went to the interview in is far away from where you are. So in those cases, a thank you email works pretty well. But if you happen to have the ability to give an actual handwritten thank you note, and it’s within 24 hours or maybe within 48 hours at the very latest, then that can actually add a nice touch. It should also be noted, and yes, that was a pun, that you shouldn’t limit your thank you notes or thank you emails just to the interviewer. If you interacted with a secretary during your time at the building or you actually got to go tour the building or talk to somebody doing a job that you would be doing, send those people to thank you emails as well. It really goes a long way.

7. Dress well

Tip number seven on our list is to wear a well-tailored suit to your interview, assuming that you need to wear business formal attire. Now, I do have to make a slight admission here. Ever since I bought myself a suit that actually fits well, unlike the one I had in college, which definitely didn’t, it fit me like a tarp, I’ve leaned towards recommending an actual suit to go into interviews rather than just regular business formal attire. But if you don’t happen to have a suit and you can’t afford one, you can definitely wear a button-down shirt with a nice tie and a nice pair of slacks. If you’re a girl, there are definitely dresses that fit that business formal requirement, or you can do something like a dress skirt. But in general, you wanna make sure that you are dressed for success in the situation. Now, one exception to this recommendation is if you are specifically told not to wear a suit, or if they tell you what to wear to the interview. If you’re going to a company that has a really casual dress culture and they say, “Hey, just show up in a T-shirt and jeans, man,” don’t show up in a suit because you’re gonna look like you won’t it into that company’s culture. Now, in the case that you don’t quite know how a suit should fit or you’re looking for some additional tips on how to dress well for an interview, I definitely have some recommendations for you guys. As a guy, I learned a huge amount of what I know personally about how to dress well from my friends.

8. Prepare for behavioural round/questions

Tip number eight is to be prepared for behavioral interview questions. These are the kind of questions that ask you to tell a story about your previous work experience that demonstrates how you handled the situation and what you learned and improved on. Some examples of this kind of questions include, tell me about a time when you were in a high-pressure situation and how you responded. Or give me an example of a time when you didn’t meet a goal that you had set and how you dealt with it. Or, tell me about a time when hordes of the undead attacked your workplace, and what items from the break room you fashioned into makeshift weapons. Okay, maybe not that one, though, Martin, make a note to ask the next person we interview that question. – [Martin] Will do. – So the best way to handle these kinds of questions is to look at examples of them beforehand and to think of stories from your past working life that would fit them. And crucially, the stories you pick should be crafted in a way that demonstrates how you learned or improved in some way that relevant to the job. Now, keep in mind that you don’t need a specific story for every possible interview question that could come out because one, that is impossible, and two, when you have a few stories and you’ve practiced them, they’re gonna be pretty adaptable and you’re gonna be able to apply them to a wide range of different questions.

9. Don’t hesitate, have conversation

All right, we are on to tip number nine, which is actually my personal favorite. View the interview for exactly what it is, a conversation between two parties who have things to exchange. The reason this tip is on the list is that a lot of students go into interviews feeling like they’re going into an audience with KingLouis the XIV or something, and they’re gonna be granted a job because of the mercy and benevolence of the almighty king that’s sitting across the table from them. That’s not the case. Remember, companies put a lot of time and effort and money into attracting the best possible talent. That’s what they live and die by. So believe that you are the best possible person for the job, and let that be communicated in the interview. Don’t be arrogant or cocky, but be confident.

10. Reach the place before time

Finally, our last tip on the list is that 15 minutes early is on time, and on time is late. Here’s the thing. You want a bit of buffer time when you walk into the company’s doors, just in case they happen to be ready for you right now. You don’t wanna be coming in 30 seconds late because you got stuck in traffic. Plus, showing up a little bit early makes a really good first impression and it gives you an opportunity to potentially network with the person running the front desk or some other people at the company before you go into the interview.

So those are my top 10 tips for helping you to ace your next interview, though the interview is only half the battle. The best way to ensure that you’re that hiring manager’s number one pick is to do everything you can to be building skills and experience that set you apart from the competition.

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