Receiving a call or an email from a potential employer is invaluable excitement for a job seeker, not to mention if it is his/her first-time experience of applying for a job. It means that the Curriculum Vitae has passed the screening process, and there is some quality that has attracted the employer.
Whether you are a veteran or a novice in your profession, some things should not be overlooked when applying for a new job. Here they are:
The profile of your company
Sometimes a job applicant prefers random-shooting to all companies that have a vacant position. If you do this, you will undoubtedly increase the chance for you to get a call, but the downside is that you may lack the knowledge of your target company’s profile, especially the one that is very new to you. The situation may lead to poor performance during the interview stage and other required stages. And take into account also that some companies ask the applicants to do some tests that might be out of the customary, such as pre-employment agility testing or personality test. Do not take those tests lightly and be prepared seriously, otherwise you are only wasting your time.
Advancing the stages of a job application spends a considerable amount of time, so you would be better to pick the call from a company that attracts you the most and to do it with confidence. You should do your best not to fail because a failure can affect negatively to your morale.
Limit your applications to only five companies about which you know the profiles. Networking is also essential to keep you informed with the latest issue that is relevant to your target company’s interest. A company always prefers an employee that can keep up with their development.
Simulating a conversation
There is no ‘too much’ in preparing yourself for the upcoming job interview. And still strongly connected with the first section about how you should know the profile of your target company in advance, the second step would be for you to simulate possible conversation for the interview.
Take a piece of paper and start writing down the potential topics that may arise during the interview. Start from the lightest to the heaviest ones. The example of the light questions from your interviewer would be about your personal life. Make sure you can confidently recall your achievements and how you get them. Just focus on telling the ones that may be relevant to your profession, such as awards given by your previous company, or experience in voluntary activities.
It is better not to start a casual conversation unless the interviewer asks you. This attitude can imply that you know your place to be there professionally and to show that you manage to separate professional life from the personal one.
Don’t get overwhelmed on the D-Day
The last important thing you should remember is that you should ease yourself a bit on the D-Day. All the physical and mental preparation should have been done several days before.
Putting too much pressure on the D-Day will increase the chance for you to get tensed and rigid. General language fluency is measured and evaluated in the interview, so it will not be good if the way you answer the asked questions do not flow smoothly. You should take a break and be confident.