Important Skills Job Seekers Must Learn Prior Appearing For An Interview
You just have got an interview call and you are excited to appear on the interview date. But what, are you completely prepared to utilize this opportunity and live up to the employer’s expectation?
Several articles and checklists are being published from time to time as to how job seekers should act or perform in the interview. Candidates usually get super excited to hear that they will be appearing in an interview to get a job and have a flourishing career. Meanwhile, they get ignorant about the important skill set that they must know and practice to succeed.
Employers are particular about the hiring process like what type of candidate will be suitable for a specified profile because every profile has its specific requirements and job-related duties plus responsibilities. Employers keep an eagle-eyed to filter the candidates’ profile as to pick the right candidate fit in that requirement.
How skills play an important role in interviews?
To meet the job requirements and get selected in the interview, certain protocols must be followed to get selected in the interview. Moreover, when a person is unemployed or out of work for a long time, they hardly know the latest strategies and employer’s point of view for the hiring process. It’s all about the research, preparation, and practice that creates a difference in your profile.
Here are some of the essential skills to help you nail in interviews and prepare for your dream job.
1.Communicate clearly and precisely
Communication is the utmost key to showcase your conversation skills to the employer. The level of good communication shows how good you are for presenting your views and narrating life history in-person.
But, keep a deep focus on sentence making because broken sentences often put the candidate in troublesome situations because of the inability to explain clearly.
2. Give a brief introduction
Certainly, all of your life’s story is captured in your curriculum vitae/ resume. But till the time you don’t narrate your story in a self-explanatory mode, your communication skills do not get weight-age.
Your introduction is the primary part that is often asked by the employer or recruiter. Having prepared a convincing introduction is the beginning of your impressive candidature.
In the introduction, probably you will be asked about:
- Personal and professional life
- Educational and work experience history
- Hobbies, likes, dislikes, weaknesses, strengths
3. Talk positively without criticism
Well, this is a very critical phase when you are being asked to speak about your previous work experiences, former employees and employers, etcetera.
Many candidates often get emotional or show aggressiveness while talking about the subject. They usually land in a situation where they become acute critics and talk negatively about their past experiences (if any) and/ or current employer.
Develop a sense of maturity and bring positivity in your communication so that it shows your teamwork and collaboration aspects.
4. Must speak in formal language
Do not use slang, jargon and informal language like can’t, won’t, gonna, etc., that might put off your candidature from the shortlisted candidates.
Formal language is a must in any type of interview that you will appear for.
5. Prepare relevant answers
Prepare yourself to give very precise, succinct and relevant answers to the employer. The relevance is a must criterion for every question the employer asks you.
Probable questions that the employer may ask you during the interview are:
- What is your approach to justifying the job description?
- What makes you unique from other candidates?
- Previous experiences at the workplace and your contribution, etcetera
6. Practice nonverbal communication
Just like verbal communication, nonverbal communication is also very important while speaking. The employer notices your every action, face expressions, maintaining direct eye contact, hand gestures, etcetera.
Also, if you are too nervous or shy – it will be easily seen on your face and that also shows whether you are good at speaking with gestures or not.
Job seekers often neglect the most required skills for appearing in an interview. However, this perspective sometimes makes the job seeker lose the job opportunity due to their negligent outlook for the job.