In this hard times one has to take things very seriously cos there are no second chances anywhere… So if given the opportunity for an interview one has to go fully prepared knowing that you may not get another chance. So how to get prepared for interviews in seven steps is a sure way to start.

1. RESEARCH INTO THE ORGANIZATION: Many people go into organizations that they know little or nothing about, an organization is more likely to employ you when you prove to have great knowledge of them and what they do. It’s also advisable you apply for organizations that you love what they do and want to be part of. Seek background information.
Use tools like Vault, Wetfeet, CareerSearch or The Riley Guide for an overview of the organization and its industry profile. Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do. Review the organization’s background and mission statement.
Assess their products, services and client-base. Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability. Get perspective. Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing.Develop a question list. Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.

2. COMPARE YOUR SKILLS AND THE JOB REQUIREMENTS: Be honest and real to yourself, don’t ever apply for a job that you aren’t qualified for, you’d only make a monkey out of yourself. Always compare your skillset to the job requirements, if you aren’t qualified then don’t apply… You’d definitely see a job that you are perfect for.
Analyze the job description. Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
Examine the hierarchy. Determine where the position fits within the organization.
Look side-by-side. Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.

3. PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS: Get Gmat and study the pattern that interviewers take and get prepared. Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions.

4. PREPARE WHAT TO WEAR: This doesn’t seem as important as the other points we have made, but it indeed is one of the most important because there are no second chances to make a first impression. So dress well, and Polish your shoes too. Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best.
Err formal. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.
Plug in that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.

5. PLAN WHAT YOU’D TAKE ALONG: Plan what you want to take along with you to the interview. Don’t go to light, else you’d be deemed unserious and don’t pack too much or else you’d be deemed tacky. Just go with exactly what you need. Extra copies of your resume on quality paper
A notepad or professional binder and pen
A list of references
Information you might need to complete an application
A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

6. BE MINDFUL OF NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION: 70% of communication is Non-verbal. So you need to be very mindful of this, as many employers don’t just want to hear what you say but want to see how you “do”. Be mindful. Nonverbal communication speaks volumes in interviews
Start ahead. Remember that waiting room behaviors may be reported.
Project confidence. Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.
Posture counts. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.
Be attentive. Don’t stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer’s questions.
Respect their space. Do not place anything on their desk.
Manage reactions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.

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