Skills evaluation: Before you apply for a post it is essential that you evaluate your potential. You need to revise both your technical and soft skills. Start with making a list of your USPs.
- Are you good at identifying problems within a system?
- Are you quick at solving them?
- Do you have the ability to invent cost saving methods?
- Are you good at solving quantitative problems?
- Are you good at designing?
Research about employer: It is important to know what you are up to. Before going for the interview gather as much information as possible about the company, its profile, work culture, financial stability, business lines, HR policies, number of vacancies and so on and so forth. This will let you have a clear idea what you may expect in the interview.
Now-a-days, it has become really easy to find all these information. You can search through the company website or through the on-line alumni database of your college. Knowing about your prospective employer is a big advantage and it takes you closer to your dream job.
Research about the post: Know what it will require you to get the job. Check out the skills required, and experience needed. Then you may tally your expertise with the requirements mentioned. List the requirements and your skills and then decide what qualities you are going to highlight in your resume. This will help you market yourself in a better way.
Learn the basics: When you are applying for a special position it is important to upgrade your knowledge. It is also necessary that you get your basics right. Before attending the interview it is therefore important that you go through the text books once more. Also learn about the latest happenings in the sector. Your objective will be to prove yourself as a better choice for the post.
Carry resume: Always carry multiple copies of your resume and a cover letter to the interview. Also keep the copies of your educational qualification ready with you.
It is also important to keep at least three professional references ready with you. You must be having the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail id of your references available with you.