7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get the Job

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are always meeting new people, having to sell yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. And, you have to stay upbeat and enthusiastic throughout each interview.

That said, there are ways to make a job interview much less stressful.

Invest a little time prior to the interview and it will be much easier to handle.

7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get the Job

Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation will help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews and the more you prepare, the more comfortable and successful you will be interviewing.

1. Practice
Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.

2. Research
Do your homework about the employer and the industry so you are ready for the question What do you know about this company? Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions.

3. Get Ready
Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

4. Be On Time
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Here’s more on preparing for an interview.

5. Stay Calm
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions.

Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question (active listening) before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question. Check out these tips for avoiding job interview stress to help stay calm. Also review our interview tips for introverts.

6. Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.  When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions, “I noticed that when you implemented a new software system last year, your customer satisfaction ratings improved dramatically. I am well versed in the latest technologies from my experience with developing software at ABC, and appreciate a company who strives to be a leader in its industry.” Here’s how to make a match between your expertise and the company’s requirements.

7. Follow Up
Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.


What is a Graph?

How to Use Charts and Graphs to Create Effective Reports

Charts and graphs simplify data in a presentable and visually pleasing way. They can add charm and interest to your reports. The main challenge with using such infographics is selecting the proper type from the wide variety available. Each type of charts comes with both strengths and weaknesses. Instead of staying in your comfort zone by overloading business report with pie or column charts, you can improve it by applying more kinds of effective charts to suit different needs. This article will list some basic charts and how to successfully implement them into your business reports.

1) Column Chart (Vertical Bar)

A column chart (column graph) is a chart with vertically-arranged columns – the height of which represents the value. It is best for comparing means or percentages between 2 to 7 different groups.

2) Horizontal Bar Charts

A bar chart (bar graph) is a chart with horizontally-arranged bars (rectangular or cylinder) – the lengths of which are proportional to the values that they represent. This kind of chart is used when comparing the mean or percentages of 8 or more different groups. Similar to the column chart, the horizontal bar chart should only be used when comparing categories that are mutually exclusive.
Sales Comparison Chart Template

This bar chart compares 8 salesmen’s sales performance in 2 years. The first comparison is from the perspective of salesmen, which is illustrated by bar length. By using different colors, the difference between two years can be shown clearly.
3) Pie Charts

A pie chart (circle graph) is a circular chart that is divided into slices to illustrate proportion. Pie charts are perfect for illustrating a sample break down in a single dimension. In other words, it is best to use pie charts when you want to show differences within different parts based on one variable. It is important to remember that pie charts should only be used with a group of categories that are the parts of a whole.

4) Line Charts

A line chart is made by a series of data points that are connected by a line. Line charts provide clear demonstration of trends over time. This is done most often to measure the long term progression of sales, or any other empirical statistic valued for businesses or organizations. It can also be used to compare two different variables over a period of time.

5) Scatter Plot

A scatter plot, scatterplot, or scatter graph is a type of mathematical diagram using Cartesian coordinates to display values for two variables for a set of data. Scatter plots are used to depict how different objects settle around a mean based on 2 to 3 different dimensions. This allows for quick and easy comparisons between competing variables. Through such visuals, the viewers can quickly see the difference between two objects or its relation to the average, which is shown as the large square on the chart.

6) Spider Chart

Spider chart is a graphical way to compare data by displaying data in a “web-like” form looking like spider web.
Analysis Radar Chart

7) Histogram

Like pie charts, histograms break down the sample distribution in one dimension. Unlike horizontal and vertical bar charts, histogram’s x-axis is not divided into mutually exclusive categories. There is no gap between the bars. The x-axis is a continuous scale.