Top 11 job interview tips to work in Malta Europe part 1

Posted by | June 24, 2011 | Uncategorized

11 tips for a job interview

by Lauren

Part 1 of 3

1. Gain insight into the company

If you want to produce a solid performance at the interview start by doing your homework and make sure to familiarize yourself with the company you are going to be interviewed by. This will not only give you the edge over other prospective candidates as it shows interest in becoming part of the team but it also allows you to gain insight and discover whether it is the right job for you.

2. Prepare questions

Before the interview is a good idea to prepare a few questions you can ask during the interview. You can, among other things, ask about professional development, such as asking whether there will be induction courses to attend or whether you will get assigned a mentor to guide you on what you will need to do on the job. Otherwise you can ask about lighter things such as how lunch program works, or whether there are some social events you need to know about. Remember that it is always a good idea to take along with you a copy of your application, CV, certificates and qualifications, any recommendations and the actual job advertisement, and most of all take a good look at them once again the day before going in for the interview. You do not want to be asked questions related to what you wrote and get thrown off on those.

3. Anticipate anxiety

It is very natural to be nervous before a job interview, but the stress can be attenuated. Your anxiety is not a factor which should a priori disqualify you from getting the position, and most of all it is you who should not think that. A common trick employed by many is actually revealing your state of mind to the interviewer before the session starts because it often calms you down. In addition, I recommend that you practice the interview situation at home. You might prepare answers to common interview questions and simulate the scenario from days before sitting for the interview. Alternatively, you can try out some question – answer role plays with friends or family members. In this case you may get direct feedback on what appear to be your strengths and weaknesses.

4. Avoid contact blunders

This is one reason why you should role play your interview if you think you will be overly anxious. First impressions count and it is important to avoid the classic blunders which provide for a dull first impression. Therefore practice the avoidance of such actions and mannerisms as fiddling with your hair or wringing hands, crossing your arms or adopting a fearful and depressed look which definitely inspires no confidence. Smile more often and be strong and confident in what you say and how you state it. Some may also advocate a strong and solid handshake but this is very subjective and may at times work against you so be neutral here. I personally think it stupid to try and gain points by entering an improvised strongest-handshake contest with a prospective employer. It is very helpful to ask your friends if you have any annoying habits or some particular mannerism that may come across negatively in an interview. If you have the possibility do watch yourself on video and notice any habits you would prefer to avoid.

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