Getting an invitation for a job interview can be stressful. Particularly when you're not well prepared for answering nerve-wracking questions.
As in proverbs we have heard enough for a lifetime, practice makes perfect. Here's some preparations and practices I did to have a successful job interview.
What field is the company engaged in? How's the work flow? How's the workload? How do you assess the company's growth within the next 5 years?
You can do a little research first. There are many resources you can access, such as the company's website, social media, and having a discussion with fellow workers.
Practice common questions
Interviewers in many companies use this common questions to start a job interview. You can practice these common questions first and prepare your best answers.
Here's a few common questions you can try to answer.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Tell me about your past experience.
- Tell me about your education.
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why did you leave your previous job?
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- Who has been impacted in your career?
- How do you manage stress and pressure?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Prepare for unexpected questions
Interviewers in many companies love to ask these unexpected questions to see the best you can do to handle it. Think thoroughly before answering, as these questions can measure your character and work ethic.
Here's some examples of unexpected questions I got during interview.
- When do you feel most satisfied in your work?
- What do you like the least about your job?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- How do you deal with your stress?
- If you could be born again as an animal, what kind of animal are you? Why?
Questions you prepared for interview show your interest in the company. Interviewers will evaluate if you're really looking forward working in their company. Make sure you prepared some questions! It can be anything, such as work culture, workloads, company's policy in certain area, how they measure one's achievement, etc.
Practice Business English
English for business can be quite different with daily conversation. Make sure you understand well the terms used in your work field. Otherwise, it can be a disaster! Don't put your job at stakes.
To put extra effort, I took English for Business course in Lister. It helped a lot. I learned professional ways to communicate my opinions, suggestions, and directions.
The best thing about Lister : you can choose your own schedule, so it won't affect your job and daily activities. Their tutors are professional and well-experienced. To put it short, Lister helped me a lot.
Now, ready to have a successful job interview?