Generally, an onsite job interview takes place at the intermediate or final stages of the interview. During the onsite interview, your potential employer wants to gauge your confidence, attitude as well as your ability to think on your feet. In turn, it is also a good opportunity for applicants to look at the prospective work environment and the potential supervisors and co-workers. The onsite interview may seem to be intimidating for job hunters, but you should be able to survive with thorough preparation.
1. Leave a good first impression.
It is vital to leave a good first impression on your interviewer and the easiest way to achieve this is to look your best. Pick up your best suit, clean your shoes and shirts and make sure you have yourself shaved. Another good way to demonstrate your keenness is to arrive at the scheduled location earlier than the appointment time. If you show up in plenty of time, you will have more time for relax and also, your interviewer takes it as a sign that you are serious and genuinely interested in the position.
2. Pay attention to your body language.
It is important to express confident body language during the interview. Anyone can be a little bit nervous at an interview, as it is an inherently uncomfortable situation for job hunters. However, you can use some little trick to tackle with your nervousness. When it comes to your body language, the trick is to find a balance between relaxed and formal. If you appear too relaxed, your interviewer may regard it as a sign that you are not serious about the position. While, if you lean too far forward, the interview might feel that you are uncomfortable with the interview or the job itself. Hand gestures, if properly used, are also good for an onsite interview. One common mistake that some applicants commit is to fold the arms, which is seen as a highly defensive gesture. Instead, the right way is to keep your hands on your arms and rest on the chair, or on the lap, so that you will be able to use them easily to support what you are trying to explain.
3. Practice makes perfect.
During an onsite interview, you will be asked with plenty of so-called “competency based questions”, where the interviewer will ask you about your education background and your previous working experience when you are displaying a certain quality or skill. Some frequently asked questions include: “Give me an example of a time that you haven’t reached your goal?” or “Show me an example that you have had to lead a team.” If you are lack of working experience, the questions will be tough for you. Also, if you can’t think of a time when situations in the questions have happened, you will be considered to be inexperienced or arrogant.
The best way to perfect your question answering is to practice more. As you go through an interview from another, it gets a lot easier for you to think of a situation that can be used for answering multiple questions. For instance, think of a time that you were in a team and you failed to achieve a goal. Once you understand which kind of experience can be applied for what questions, you will be able to highlight the parts of story to meet your needs.
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