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By Audrey Korir

Does the thought of appearing for an interview get you anxious?  No matter how many times you go through the process, the fear of rejection or performing poorly constantly plagues many interviewees. How prepared is prepared? This is a question that most candidates grapple with when preparing for an interview.

Job interviews are vital to the recruitment process. Employers want to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for the job because hiring you marks either a profit or a loss to them. Your performance in the job will reflect on the company’s bottom line.

No matter how many degrees or certificates you may have, you cannot secure a job without cracking the interview process first.

Here are some techniques that can help you successfully ace an interview:

1. Do your research in advance:

It is crucial to familiarize yourself with the company or organization you are applying to. Get to know their products, services, clients, values, mission, and vision.  This will make you confident in selling yourself to make them see that you are a suitable candidate because you are aware of who they are and how you can fit in.

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2. Prepare thoroughly for common interview questions:

There are so many common questions asked during interviews, irrespective of the job title you are applying for.  It is therefore very important to equip yourself with the right answers for these questions. Some of the most commonly asked questions include:

Tell us about yourself?

Why should we hire you?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

What do you know about this company?

Why did you choose to apply here?

What are your plans for the future?

3. Examine the job description thoroughly:

The job description is the basic outline of the work profile. Here is where you will find all the requirements of the job, understanding this section will help you prepare well and know what is expected of you.

4. Always be on time for an interview:

Your punctuality will give an impression of your seriousness and approach in life.  Coming late to an interview can get you disqualified even before the interview process begins. The potential employer will automatically have a negative perception of your punctuality at work if you were to be given the job.

5. Dress appropriately for an interview:

The first impression you make on a potential employer will contribute to the outcome of your interview. The first judgment an interviewer makes will be based on how you look and what you are wearing.  Dressing appropriately will give you confidence and will also make the interviewer take you seriously. It is also a form of politeness and respect.

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6. Answer questions effectively:

For you to answer questions correctly you need to understand what is being asked.  You also need to be a keen listener. Take your time and give an appropriate answer, do not go around the question but be more specific.

7.Give examples for everything you explain:

Giving examples to all your answers makes your explanation credible and would most likely help you stand out from other candidates. As you highlight your success and achievements it is always important to give a perspective through your examples.

8. Ask questions from your end during the interview:

The questions you ask will be an indicator of your interest and enthusiasm in the company or the job you applied for. It will also assure the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and well prepared.  Asking questions will also allow you to know more about the company that can help you in your further interview process.

9. Maintain good body language:

Factors like maintaining a consistent eye-contact and a good posture will give you a sense of confidence during the interview process.  Awkward glances or sitting in an improper manner are a distraction and it also gives off an unprofessional perception to the employer.

10.Do a follow-up after the interview:

It is very much important to remind your interviewer either through the mail or call to show your seriousness. This way, it is bound to increase your chances of getting considered for the selection process. It is also a final chance to market yourself.

With these techniques, your interview success rate will increase and it will also help boost your confidence.

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