How to prepare for a job interview?
Being an international student, sometimes it becomes necessary to work simultaneously so that you can earn money while studying. It also gives you confidence and prepares you for the job you would be doing after your course.
How can you prepare for that first job that you always dreamt of? It may become overwhelming, but with the right attitude and practice, it won’t be difficult either. Here are some tips that will make you confident in applying for a job.
1. Research about the job and Company you have applied for
The first and foremost step is to learn about the Company you are applying for. This includes being familiar with the work of the Company, having a look at their website, knowing about their strengths and achievements, etc. An interviewer may ask you questions related to the Company, its competitors, the kind of work done, and how you could be a perfect fit for them. For this reason, it is important to research the Company thoroughly and the job profile you are applying for.
2. Be Confident
Confidence is the key to crack interviews. Confidence helps you have a positive self-image and a healthy sense of self-worth. This means feeling at ease in a job interview and maintaining eye contact with the examiner. Staying positive and sitting in that perfect posture shows how confident you are.
Having a perfect posture is very important to give a good impression to the interviewer. What is the perfect posture to sit for an interview? The best way is to lean forward slightly and maintain eye contact with the interviewer. This body language conveys that you are listening to the interviewer and engaged in the conversation. Keep your shoulders and back high. Avoid crossing your legs at the knees, which can look casual. Keep both feet grounded or cross your ankles to appear confident and professional. Avoid moving your feet or hands frequently, which can be distracting and may give an impression to the interviewer that you are not confident.
4. Pick your outfit well
It is said that the first impression is the last. Wearing the correct outfit is very important to make a good first impression. Make sure you are dressed formally up to the occasion and have business casual attire. For men, wearing a nice, ironed shirt and a tie with formal pants is a good option. For women, wear a blouse with a formal skirt or formal pants paired with a business coat. Do not overdo with accessories and wear something comfortable.
5. Prepare for common questions
It is not a bad idea to prepare for common questions that the interviewer might ask. For instance, they might ask you about your educational background or your previous work experience if any. So, if you already know this and have practiced enough, it will help you win half the battle!
6. Practice the tone of voice
Your voice also plays a role in this entire process. Your speech’s tone, pitch, and pace will help you make a difference and stand out from other potential candidates. You must create a good impression during an interview with the help of a positive tone, as this shows confidence. In addition, clarity of voice will also demonstrate good communication.
7. Practice mock interview
You can practice a mock interview with your family and friends, which will help you gain confidence and help you practice questions you are unsure of answering. You can work towards improvising before the actual date of your interview.
Hope all these tips will help you crack your first job interview as an international student. All the best for your future interviews!