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It’s not surprising knowing some chaps who are very good at their academics in school flop when interviewed. You probably can never be fully ready for their interview but KNOW that you can be ready for yours!

An interview as what you might be expecting would always be at variance with what you will get, expect where you have an insider that’s ready to give you hints on what you should be expecting.

Yes… your good grades would set a path for you into getting an interview invite most times, but employers expect you to bring much more than just grades. As we all know; out of the abundance of mind the mouth speaks.

I will be sharing with us, some of the salient things an interviewer would require of us in order to win their hearts.

  1. Ability to sell yourself: every organization has a product it sells be it tangible or intangible for which are expected to be embraced by its prospective clients. As such, when an interviewer asks to meet you, you should be able to sell yourself without being rude or smug about it.
  2. Thorough research on the company: ensure your research on the company is not just on its general focus (i.e. their culture, staff, core-competencies, mission and vision etc.), but also on the role you are interviewed for.
  3. Know the company’s rivals: the major threat of any organization is its competitors and you can only go ahead of them when you know them in – out. Your research should also cover their major competition in the market, your view on getting ahead and what you are bringing to the table.
  4. Be lively: make your session with the interviewer more interactive (don’t be a yes man) but without compromising your reason for being there, you will be surprised what you will gain from the session. The interviewer might shed light on the answers to some of the questions.
  5. Be sincere: when you don’t know the answer to a question, be kind to yourself by owning up rather than giving an unrelated response. Although you must be very sure you do not know. This also applies when a question is not clear to you.
  6. Do not speak ill of your previous or present work place: when questioned about your reason for leaving, try as much as possible to say positive things only. This goes a long way into showing how you would portray them when you would eventually want to leave someday.

I hope this helps, do leave us a comment and well get back to you.

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