Interview Skills Critical for 2016


Interview skills, and the lack thereof, can serious impede any job search for a fresh graduate or experienced professional in any field, even digital marketing.

When going in for a job interview, there are multiple things that you should pay attention to. There is no ‘best’ way to prepare for an interview, but there sure are important strategies to enhance one’s chance for success. We spoke to Fiona Tan, the HR manager of Consider Digital for an insight in what is important for a job interview.

An interview is a ‘learning by doing’ experience. Therefore, it is advisable to practice the interview a couple of times. This can be in front of your family or friends. They can give you advice afterwards. Or you can practice in front of a mirror. Seeing your body language and hearing the way you talk will help you to improve yourself.

“First of all, the general preparation is key to success”
Self-assessment is very important. Whether its been a while since you lost your job, or it just recently happened, you need to make sure that you still possess your current skills, abilities, knowledge, techniques, and strengths. If that’s not the case, consider reassessing them.

“Keep your resume updated”
While communication ability is being judged, your interview skills must come in handy for conveying the essence of your CV. This is the most important file of your career. It has to be up to date because it will look very sloppy if you have to tell them what is up. We assume that a resume is accomplishments-based rather than descriptive of one’s responsibilities, then the file serves to jog one’s memory about recent notable activities. Remove all irrelevant material, and work at getting it onto one page. Be absolutely certain it is

“Research, research, research!”

One of your strongest interview skills would be to know about the ins and outs of the industry within which you are applying. So depending on the time you got on your hands, try to use every possibility to learn about the company and position. Access books, journals, magazines, newspapers, or any other reference material you can find to do your research.

“Practice the typical and targeted interview questions”
There are a few questions that will always return in every single interview.

  • Why are you interested in this field?
  • Why are you interested in this company?
  • Why are you interested in this position?

Make sure you have an answer supported by multiple respectively supporting arguments to all of them in order to be taken seriously. Furthermore, be able to discuss everything that is on your resume. Be prepared to answer issues that you actually don’t want to answer such as:

  • Your greatest weakness
  • Your lack of related experience
  • Your lack of leadership experiences
  • Your job hopping record

“Make sure you dress well”

And finally, make sure your appearance is on-point. Select appropriate attire long before the interview day. Make sure you know the culture of the organization and dress accordingly. A business suit is almost always acceptable. Be certain that your clothing is clean and well pressed. When it is too short or too tight it may cause you to be uncomfortable. Remember: less is more. You want to be memorable for the right reasons.



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Renee Yntema

Renee is a strategist for Beauty Guide and an undergraduate student at the International Business School of Amsterdam.

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