April 12, 2024


Have you been shortlisted for an interview session? that indicates you are a step closer to securing the job. Once shortlisted for an interview session and you received email notification inviting you for the job interview or SMS as the case maybe, remember to confirm your availability for the interview.

Try as much as possible to avoid rescheduling. The role might be urgent, and the best candidate might be selected at the initial interview. First, it’s the one most important thing you can do to increase your chance of a successful interview. Second, many job-seekers neglect to do it.



 Below are the interview tips to prove your chance of getting that job 

  • Research the Company, Hiring Manager and Position

Laying the foundation for a successful job interview begins with knowledge about the company you want to work for, research about the company. Know the core areas of the company’s operations, products and brand name, and the position you’re applying for. The more knowledge you have about the company, hiring manager, and position, the better you’ll able to answer interview questions, speak intelligibly, and convince the interviewer that you’re the right candidate for the job. Research about the industry pay for the role. This will assist you during salary negotiation but do not be afraid of mentioning your salary expectation when ask by the interviewer.

  • Know The Company

You need to have significant knowledge about the company you want to work for, if you want to make a good impression during your interview. If you’re interviewing with a finaacial institutions, you should know their products and services are releted to finance,  and be familiar with their annual reports. You should also know who the company’s main competitors are, be familiar with their competitors products/services, know their target consumer markets, and understand their marketing strategies. But don’t over do it once you’re in the interview. Show the interviewer that you know the company well by providing intelligble answers to the questions asked. You may also want to ask a few questions about the company yourself, or comment on a few things the about product and services they render, but don’t question the way the company does things, comment on bad reviews they’ve received, or make recommendations to the interviewer about what the company should be doing better (unless request). 

  • Research The Position you applied

Research about the role you’ve applied for, You should find out everything you can about the position you’re applied before the interview. Intimate yourself with current and latest applications, legislations, principles about the role. It’s not uncommon for interviewers to ask job-seekers right of the bat why they’re interested in the position. Answering this question intelligibly will set a good mood for the rest of the interview. Fumbling for a good response to this question is unforgivable, and will likely loose you the job. Learn about the position by researching the company and learning why the position is essential to the company. Find out if the position is new, or if you’re replacing someone else. What are the requirements for the position? Ensure you have experince on the position if is included on the job requirement in other to respond to the question intelligently regarding the skills on the position as the interviewer expected from you. 

  • Arrive On Time

Give yourself an extra 15 to 30 minutes of travel time to make sure you’re able to be prompt and punctual. Arriving a little bit early will also allow you time to get settled, find out who you’re interviewing with (if you don’t already know), and observe the dynamics of the company. Arriving late is unexcusable. Start your interview off on the right foot, not with a lame excuse for being late. Peradventure you will be late to the interview venue due to unforeseen circumstances, call or send a text message ahead to the hiring manager. 

  • Your Persona matters to the hiring manager

Persona is consider strong to interviewer because it put a candidate in higher emphasis on social interactions which indicates competency and loyalty. Dress professionally and moderately. Light make-up will do, perfume/body spray should be applied mildly etc.  When introducing yourself, make it brief and concise while highlighting relevant achievement in previous roles. Praventure an ambiguous question is being asked by the hiring manager, always seek clarification before attempting such question. Don’t forget to ask questions from the hiring manager. Such question should relate to the company’s culture. Use the company research you’ve done to come up with a business-related reason you’re excited about them. It could be their business model, etc. 

  • Prepare to talk about specific accomplishments

Most people go into their interview and make general statements and talk in very general terms. To set yourself apart, you want to prepare specific examples and talk about details. Facts, numbers and real accomplishments. You’ll get far more interviews if you cram your resume with facts, figures and statistics instead of general statements like “responsible for handling customer requests”. So when the hiring manager asks what you accomplished in your last job, or what you do each day, you should be ready to impress! This is not the time to hesitate or be unsure. Prepare ahead of time for this. If you’re looking for your first job without any work experience, then think about accomplishments in your academic career – classes you’ve taken, projects you’ve completed, etc. That’s your most relevant experience!

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