In Nigeria today, jobs are not readily available. Young graduates who, while in school, had hope of securing juicy jobs in choice companies, feel disappointed and betrayed on the realization that such jobs are non-existent. The few jobs that are available have hundreds of thousands of candidates applying for them. Unfortunately, these applicants spend lots of energy, time and money filing applications that they forget to strategize on how to pass a job interview assuming the invitations start coming. Now, how does an applicant prepare adequately for a job interview and be at advantage to secure the job? This article will set out to proffer some useful tips which will suffice a great deal.
- Be offensive
In battles, it is said that the best way to defend is to attack and job interviews are no less battles. Preparing for a job interview is like preparing for a battle and the ultimate aim is to win. To win a battle or perform well in job interviews is not an easy task. It requires a lot of preparations and so many armaments must be well stationed in the armamentarium of the candidate. This means that a candidate must do everything possible to win the interviewer, and this is only possible when the candidate is able to convince the interviewer that he is the right candidate for the job. To be offensive, you must convince your interviewer that you know about their organization, know about the job, how to do the job and you are the best person to do the job. All these will place you on a favourable pedestal than other candidates seeking the same vacancy.
- Know a thing about your employer
The importance of researching on your employer before going to a job interview cannot be over-emphasized. At least, it would avail you basic information about your employer such as the year the company was established, the mission statement of the company, the vision of the company, the name of the managing director/chief executive officer, the business line of the company, the national address of the company, etc. Information on these could be obtained from both the print or electronic media. Other sources include company’s sales brochure, newspapers and magazines. In this modern era, such information is readily available by the click of the mouse. A visit to the company’s website will provide a good insight into all you need to know to succeed in your job interview.
- Plan for the D-Day
The saying that failure to plan means planning to fail is very true in all issues of life including job interviews. Success in a job interview starts from successful planning for the interview day. There are several ways a candidate can get ready for the interview day. First, know where the interview will hold. At least two days before the interview, take a visit to the interview location to familiarize you with the route and the easiest means of getting to the location with minimal hitch. Next, make sure your interview dress is clean, ironed and ready. Be moderate in dressing and appearance but look smart. Make it a duty to arrive the interview venue at least one hour before the scheduled time for the interview. Be seated and relaxed before the arrival of your interviewers. There must be no ‘African time’ in this because job interview is serious business. It will also show how serious you will take the job if employed. Finally, never forget to attend the interview with a pen and paper, trust me, you are going to need them.
- Answering questions
Since your employer is in search of the best candidate for the job, you must be articulate, confident and sincere in providing answers to all the questions you are asked. Try and keep your answers as precise as possible but do not give yes or no answers. As much as possible, please quantify your answers especially when you are asked very specific questions that require figures. Very important, be sincere and do not be tempted to lie if you are asked a question that you do not know the answer; this could land you into a big trouble.
- Negotiate your pay package
A candidate preparing a job interview should know his worth. The real truth is that many candidates will pray to evade the big question of ‘how much do you want us to pay you’ which the interviewers find interesting and incisive. The candidate should have an idea what services he is been employed to render. If possible, try and talk to a staff of the company in confidence on a modest pay package an employed staff could start with. Be modest in your answer. Do not prize yourself low or high. Remember that it pays to start small and gradually rise to the top, and it tells the employer that you are not after the money but you want the job because you have something to contribute towards the growth of the company.
I wish you best of luck in your next job interview.