The interview stage of job application is usually the most exciting part, and the most nerve wracking part of your job hunting journey. This guide aims to help you navigate this part in a better way by giving you an idea of what to do before, during, and after the interview. If you’re yet to find the right job for you, have a look at our opportunities.

Part 1: Before the interview

-Research the company

Find their company website, their social media, and their profiles on platforms such as Majra and LinkedIn. The more you could learn about them, the better you'll be able to answer their questions during the interview, and the better your chances will be at impressing them.

Learn about their previous projects, what their day to day life is like, and what their working culture is like. Showing that you did your homework goes a very long way.

-Reflect on your personal goals

I know, this one's a bit odd, but hear me out. You have to reflect on things such as your personal career ambitions, what you enjoy at work, what you don't enjoy, and what kind of job you'd like to have. This simple practice of reflection can help you answer any personal questions much better.

Instead of answering "I don't know" to "What's your career goal in the future?", you'd be able to say something like: "I'm not exactly sure of where I'd like my career path to go, and I'm in an exploration stage right now, where I want to dive deeper into opportunities that can help me better understand my goals, such as the job we're discussing today"

-Prepare a day before

Make sure you pick the right outfit for the job, that you know their office location, when you need to leave your house, and have figured out where to park your car. These small things, combined with time, can make you anxious before your interview, get them out of the way. Find more tips on how to prepare the night before the interview here

✋ One last thing: if you're not there at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time for the interview, you are late.

Part 2: During the interview

-Be personal

One of the biggest mistakes we see young candidates doing, is being too technical in interviews. Sure, some interviews require that (IT opportunities, etc..), but interviews are before anything, about your personality.

The interviewer is trying to assess how you'd personally fit their team, and their company. Introduce yourself with your background, your personal goals, and what represents your personality. If you're passionate about swimming, talk about that and explain why. If you like reading, talk about that and mention the types of books you like to read.

Avoid career buzzwords, and just be yourself.

-Be honest

Contrary to popular belief, you're not meant to be 100% equipped for the job you're applying for. Employers know this, what they want to know, is where you fall short, and how you plan to adapt.

This is especially important with technical skills, don't oversell your skills, and speak clearly about how long it'd take you to pick up the skills you're missing.

For example: "I'm comfortable with the programming languages HTML and CSS, but I'd need a week to refresh on PHP." or "I've had a good amount of experience with offline marketing, which I believe I can apply to social media marketing, but I'd need a week or so to catch up with the tools you're using and your strategy"

-Ask questions

An interview is a two way street, this is also your space to better understand the responsibilities and the culture of the company you're about to enter. Asking questions shows that you're not just waiting on their decision, but you're also making one as well, and that speaks volumes in interviews.

But, let's be clear, asking questions can backfire if you're asking questions about things that were clearly mentioned in the job description! So, what kind of questions can you ask? Here's a couple of examples:

"I've had a chance to check your social media, your office environment seems fun, could you tell me more about what it's like working here?"

"I understood from the role description that I'll be working mainly on social media marketing, could you give me an idea of how you'd like to see it grow?"

Part 3: Post the interview

This part is quite straightforward, where it's mostly about showing your appreciation for their time, and the chance for you to follow up on any points you mentioned in the interview. If you mentioned previous projects, it'd be great to mention those and attach them for their review in the email.

Be courteous, thank them for the opportunity, and close the email with a simple "Looking forward to hearing back from you."

We hope you found these tips to be helpful and we wish you good luck!

Majra Team

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