Job interview is a pivotal step in the recruitment process.  For job seekers, especially first jobbers facing their first interview, this step is undeniably tensed. Assuming that in this interview will raise the conclusion of whether the candidate will be accepted or rejected, causing soaring high tension prior to the interview. 

Yet, if candidates properly and systematically prepare themselves, undoubtedly the interview will not be a source of stress anymore. Preparation for a job interview is done in three phases: before the interview; in the interview; and after the interview.

Before the Interview

Following a call of interview appointment, immediately do some research to know that particular company. Do some googling to answer these following questions: 

  1. What is the company’s main area of work?
  2. How exactly the reputation of this company?
  3. What is the scope of work of the position you are applying?
  4. What qualifications are needed / desired by that position?
  5. What special skills required by this position?
  6. Who are the customers and clients of that position?


If you know the answer of these questions, you may at ease. At least you already know the background, reputation, achievements, and the history of the company that invites you to have interview. Also an understanding about the position you are applying to will make you feel more confident.

In Interview

Here we are. The moment of interview is finally coming. Do not tensed. These things may help you reducing the stress.  

  1. Bring a print out of  your resume. Tension often makes you forget what is written on your resume.  If you bring a printed resume you will be able to refer to your resume when answering the interviewer question. Beside, he may see you as a very prepared person. 
  2. Dress appropriately. Whatever position you apply to, this is basically an interview for an important position. So, you should show up wearing appropriate clothes, business attire that looks professional. But of course do not overdo it and adjust to the norm. Cleanliness and tidiness are non-negotiable points. And, do not wear perfume excessively.
  3. Be on time. Arrived at the location of the interview at least 10-15 minutes prior to the time requested. Check the interview location the day before, while taking into account of traffic jam that may occur when you go to the location. If necessary, plan an alternative route or alternative transportation mode as a back up.
  4. Show the spirit and enthusiasm. If this job is something you really like, do not hold back your enthusiasm. Show it to them. The company always wants a candidate who really wants the job.
  5. Confidence. Tensed and excited at the time of the interview are normal. What is important, do not let the tension win. Keep calm, keep your confident, show that although you may be tensed, you believe no one but you deserve the job. 
  6. Control your body language. Sitting recklessly, chewing gum, or playing with your hair only shows your nervousness and may be perceived as a sign of immaturity.
  7. Listen carefully to the interviewer's questions. If you don’t understand it, do not hesitate to ask for clarification on what he actually means. But, one simple rule, never interrupt the interviewer.
  8. Think before you say. Although you need to be honest, do not blatantly mention any issue that you will regret. Debt problems or financial difficulties are not the thing the interviewer wants to listen.
  9. When the interview is done, do not linger. Gently yet firmly shake the hand of the interviewer, say that you really want to work in this companies / institutions, and thank him for giving you the opportunity to interview.

The Aftermath

Although the interview is already over, the whole recruitment process does not end yet. Let’s sit quietly and reflect on the just ended interview. Write down your answers to the interviewer’s questions. Evaluate whether it is the best answer that you can give or not. This kind of reflection may give you insight to do better at your next job interview.

In addition to reflection, you have to remember the date when the result of interview will be communicated to you. If the promised day you have no news, do not hesitate to contact the company and ask. Though some company will only contact the candidates who succeed to the next phase. 

If you don’t succeed the interview, do not be discouraged. As with all types of skills, the skill to face interview should also be trained many times until we are proficient. Just make sure, when the following interview comes you already hone your interview skills.



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