PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW IN NIGERIA:  Preparation as often said is not a wake-up thought. It is something one must have done and be readily equipped for. In preparing for an interview, one must consider beforehand the dos and don’ts of such a job. The jobber must be acquainted with the company’s or organization’s vision and set goals thereby speaking and talking tall on the subject to be interviewed.

When preparing or going for a job interview, you must be mindful of these:

1. Your body language:

Before you walk into any interview, it is assumed you have done the following:

Prepare yourself by reading up on the company and recent company news, practicing what you will say to some of the more common interview questions, and following the “what to wear on your interview” advice. In this aspect, some hiring managers claim to spot a possible candidate for a job by merely looking at them within 30 seconds or less and while a lot has to do with the way you look, it is also in your body language.

While on an interview;

  • Shake your interviewer’s hand and watch yourself.
  • Smile at your interviewer even when you are nervous as this can go a long way to make you relate.
  • Sit up straight and lean slightly forward in your chair and project interest and engagement in the interaction.
  • Keep an interesting expression by nodding and making positive gestures in moderation to avoid looking like a bobbled head.
  • Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer as invading personal space (anything more than 20 inches) could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and

Take the focus away from your conversation

  • Limit your application of colognes and perfumes as invading armors can arouse allergies thereby making their interviewer uncomfortable.
  • If you have more than one person interviewing you at once, make sure you briefly address both of them with your gaze and return your attention to the person who has asked you a question.
  • In the case of interruption, refrain from staring at your interview while they address their immediate business and motion your willingness to leave if they need privacy.
  • Always deliver a firm handshake and to avoid awkward situations, always remember to let go.

2. Your dress code

Your first impression of a potential employer is the most important one. The first impression of a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is grounded on how you appear and what your outfit looks like. That’s why it is always advised importantly to dress professionally for a job interview regardless of the work environment. You’ll require that first notion to be not just a good one but an excellent one.

Note: A candidate dressed in a suit makes a much better impression than the candidate in scruffy jeans and a T-shirt

How to Dress for an Interview

  • Suit (dark-colored suit black, brown, navy blue & dark grey or ash (color)
  • Light-colored long sleeve shirt. Should be a plain or moderate strip
  • For a plain shirt, match it with a plain tie.
  • Wear healthy black or brown belt not white or old belts.
  • Darks color socks
  • Black color leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Moderate after sharing with neatly trimmed nails
  • Use a portfolio, briefcase, or file your document
  • Suit (same as men)
  • Moderated suit skirt to cover your knee
  • Coordinated blouse (light color)
  • Conservative shoes could make one miss walking steps
  • Less jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle (black or brown Color)
  • Light make-up & perfume. Avoid pungent odor perfumes
  • Weakly manicured clean nails
  • Use a portfolio, or file your documents. Do not carry an ambiguous handbag for an interview

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