In the history of time, this is one of the hardest periods and one of the major reasons is that there are no jobs for youths and adults likewise. The rate of unemployment is high and increasing by the hour, even multinationals are downsizing every time and a lot of people are losing their jobs. You will agree with me that if you are to get good employment at this time, you need something special, attributes and secrets that other smart people out there do not possess. I have been able to come up with 5 of these factors and I believe they will make you favorite for any employment.
Memorize the name of the interviewers: “a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language” – Dale Carnegie. When an interviewer introduces himself to you at the beginning of any interview, make it a habit to repeat that name aloud once and many times more in your mind. Repetition makes the name stick such that you can recall it at will at any point during that interview. You can even associate the name with somebody or something. For instance, if the interviewer’s name is John and you have a friend by the name John, quickly associate your friend’s face with the interviewer’s name such that whenever you think about the interviewer’s name, you see your friend John and this makes remembering very easy. After you must have memorized the name, make sure you use it like twice or thrice during that interview. You can use it just before asking a question or while answering one. For example “I have a question John” or “of a truth John, I believe I am the best candidate for this job and here is why”.
Wear the color of the organization: every organization has its own unique colors. Some, especially financial institutions even make their staff dress color compliant. If for instance I have an interview at KPMG, I will simply put on a white shirt, a navy blue tie, and a black suit. If on the other hand I am interviewing for a role at PricewaterhouseCoopers, I will put on a red tie instead of a blue one. Apart from the fact that wearing this color combination makes you look serious, it unconsciously gives the interviewers an impression that you are one of them.
Know more about the organization than any other candidate: everyone gets information about a prospective employer from its website. For you to truly stand out, you can’t afford to do the same. Of course I’m not telling you not to get information from the company’s website but I am saying that you need to do more than that. Get some personal information like the age and accomplishments of the MD, the social responsibility program that the organization is involved in or even information on the unofficial activities such as sports and other events that the organization organizes for its employees.
Ability to ask very thoughtful questions: there is usually room for candidates to ask questions at almost every interview. Even if you are not asked if you have any question, make it a tradition to always ask. This gives the interviewers the impression that you are serious about getting hired and that you have been paying attention to them. Always prepare your questions before you go for an interview and be very attentive during the interview for potential quality questions. Don’t ask questions just because you want to ask, it is better to shut up and just leave the interview if you don’t have any meaningful question to ask. Also, don’t ask any question about salaries or benefits unless very necessary. It might give the interviewers the impression that you are just there for the money.
Ability to talk less and listen more: please, always talk less and listen more. Be very attentive; make sure you give every question a deep thought before providing an answer. Give very brief answers unless you are asked to elaborate. One mistake interviewees make is that they want to tell the interviewer all the good things about their strengths, values, experiences and so on but she doesn’t really need all of that and one thing is the more you say, the more questions you get and the more your chances of making a mistake.
Approach your next job interview with these factors in mind. Work on these attributes and make them a habit and I can assure you of success.