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Preparing for an Interview (Part 2)

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

In the first part of this series of articles, we discussed how you can adopt the right mindset before appearing for an interview. Carrying on this learning further, in this article, we will talk about the various steps you should take in order to better prepare for your interview so that you are able to put your best foot forward.

Know your prospective employer: Among the most common interview questions today is “Why do you want to join this organization?” Most candidates do not really focus on learning about the organization before they appear for the interview and a poorly prepared reply to this question lowers your chances at the very beginning. In the digital world of today, it is all the more simple to get information about any organization through their website and social media presence. The very basic aspects that you must learn about your prospective employer include their vision & mission, key line of business, members of the top management and the areas they do business in. While you explore these aspects, you might come across some subtle facets like work culture and ethics of the organization that would facilitate your induction into their organizational ecosystem once you bag the job opportunity. Hence the more you explore, the better it is!

Study your CV: You may wonder why this is required when you have prepared the CV yourself. Yet you may be surprised to find some words therein that you may not even remember you added. Please bear in mind that your CV is the key document around which most of the questions in the interview would be based. To evaluate each aspect such as the education, experience, and the set of skills mentioned. When you are mentally prepared for the questions related to your CV, you will be able to answer them more convincingly.

Prepare and rehearse: In the current scenario since most interviews are happening online, it is a good idea to rehearse online sessions with your trusted friend or colleague. Not only would this help you do any required fine-tuning to your laptop settings etc, but also make a decision on wearing the right attire that makes you look your best. Remember, even the smallest detail can help you enhance your first impression when you present yourself in front of the interviewer.

Disclaimer: Kindly note that the above blog has been submitted by members in their individual capacity.


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