Research Businesses/Products/Services: It is advisable to do some research and study your potential employer`s businesses, products and services. Once you know about their products and services, you will feel comfortable to talk in the interview and make it more interactive.
Research Competitors: Make sure you do some research on your potential employer`s competitors. Try to find and compare the strengths, weaknesses, market share, market position, lead products and services.
Company`s Philosophy: Try to understand their corporate philosophy and analyse your personality and see whether your way of thinking matches with their business strategy. If there is any conflict then it may not be the appropriate place for your career growth.
Proactive Study about Interviewer(s): It is always advisable to do some research about the interviewer(s), mainly about their career and educational background. You can do research through social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and etc. You can also ask your friends or acquaintances who may know about the interviewer(s). Please make sure that you DO NOT disclose any confidential information that you receive from friends and other sources. Proactive study may help you to guess the interviewer(s) personalities and prepare yourself to have an interactive interview.
Review of Job Spec and Resume: Before going to the interview, make sure you go through the job specifications and your resumes that have been submitted to your potential employer. Make sure your career advisor has not made any changes in your resume without asking you. Interviewer(s) may have a copy of your resume that has been sent by your agent. Make sure you have the same copy.
Dress Code: Dress code may vary from industry to industry. As a general rule, it is highly recommended to wear complete business attire. If for some reason you are not able to wear business attire, you should notify your recruitment agent or facilitator in advance. Some employers, especially professional service-oriented industries, are quite strict about the dress code. Some industries, such as Creative/Designing, may be a bit liberal about the dress code. In order to avoid any confusion, it is safer to double check with your facilitator beforehand.
Importance of Body Language: While you talk with the interview board, make sure you have proper eye contact with each interviewer. Gesturing may be good sometimes for a well-received presentation; however, excessive body languages may give a negative impression to the interviewers.
Avoid distracting while talking: While the interviewer talks; it is advisable not to stop them in the middle of conversation. If you have any questions, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of interview. While you talk, some interviewers may try to add something in the conversation. In such cases, you should stop for a while and allow the interviewer to talk. After that, you can continue.
Control of Emotional Talk: Try to never be emotional in the interview. Once you feel emotional, your personal talk may come up which is not a sign of professionalism and maturity. In the interview, try to be very practical and logical.
Understanding Interviewer’s Question: Sometimes you may find difficulty understanding the interviewer's question. If you are a Japanese national but facing an interview in a different language (eg. English, Spanish, Chinese), you may find it difficult to have a clear understanding of the interviewer's question. In such cases, you should request to have the question repeated or slowed down in a polite way. If you are a foreigner, it may be the other way around. Make sure you have a 100% understanding of the interviewer's questions. Before answering the question, you should not rush. Take your time and speak slowly and smoothly.
Asking Intelligent Questions: After the interview, the interviewer(s) may ask if you have any questions. It is strongly recommended to ask some questions related to the interview, career path, about the company and so on. Smart questions will make a very positive impact in the interview result. In order to ask an intelligent question, you should do some research and think in advance.