Most of us feel anxious while facing an interview. Because of the common belief, that interview is solely used to test the knowledge, we tend to focus only on the questions being asked in the interview. However, unlike common belief, the interview is also used to judge the behavior and honesty of the candidate. The schooling, degrees, experience, and references do not determine the success of the interview but it is the approach and attitude towards the interview that makes an interview a success. Below mentioned tips will help you be focused and calm in the nerve-wracking situation and help in achieving professionalism.
RESEARCH THE COMPANY Have thorough knowledge about the visions and goals of the company as well as be acquainted with the products, finances, departments, work culture, and management from the website of the company. Also, you can access the information from the library or calling them or by calling the Chambers of Commerce. Also, try to know about the position entails and have an idea of the qualities the interviewers are searching for. This makes the process of getting the job easier and helps in showing that you possess them.
BE THOROUGH WITH YOUR CV
Be thorough about everything written in your CV to be ready with the answers to the questions from past employment and education.
PREPARE ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
To appear more confident and fluent, you can at least prepare the common questions asked in most of the interviews to avoid looking unprepared. Despite the different types of questions asked in various interviews, few commonly asked questions like biggest strengths, reasons to work for this company, weaknesses, etc can be prepared in advance. By preparing these questions in advance, half the battle is won. Be prepared to talk through the career changes you may have had; furthermore, be ready to explain how and why you are an apt candidate for the company.
PREPARE TO ASK AT LEAST TWO QUESTIONS
Your potential employer will most likely ask you about your queries at the end of the interview for which you can prepare a handful of questions in advance from which you can pick the most relevant questions to show your interest in the position and reflect that you have done the research.
ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW
GOOD TIMEKEEPING IS CRUCIAL
Rushing to the site of the interview and being late is not just inexcusable but also doesn’t leave you with a tie to decompress and get into a relaxed state of mind. So, always prefer reaching the site at least 10 minutes early as it shows your sincerity towards the job and represents punctuality.
To make a statement about yourself at the first sight even before answering any question is through your dress. To dress professionally, avoid bright colors and loud and flashy jewelry. A neat and clean suit should be your preference despite the type of job you have applies for, even for a casual business environment. Grooming, paying attention to your hygiene, and trying on outfits prior to the date of the interview is essential.
FACING AN INTERVIEW
- Self-introduction is the beginning of an interview which gives you the opportunity to enlighten the interviewer about yourself and what you have to offer, so be confident in that.
- As you walk in the room, stand tall and make eye contact and wear a smile and be natural and confident throughout the interview.
- Body language is essential in making a positive impact on the interviewer.
- Be articulate while you answer the questions and share your thoughts and ideas with confidence.
- Identify your achievement by doing homework and be prepared to suggest examples of innovations, process improvements, or revenue-saving ideas to show employers how hiring you would benefit the organization.
- Be honest and open when faced with different questions.
- Finally, be grateful for their precious time for the interview and mention it in the end and thank the interviewer in person.
- As the conversation wraps up, you may ask about the probable next steps and time frame when you may expect a revert from them.
WHAT NOT TO DO
- Always choose words with great care and be respectful at all times.
- Do not show curiosity towards the perks of the job without being offered for the positions as it makes you look keener on vacations than work.
- Do not mention other job applications without being questioned about them. Try to portray the focus on that particular position.
- Don’t sound non-interested and uninformed about the company.
- Never bad-mouth your current job or employer instead mention the experiences from the current position. Badmouthing current employers will make them feel that one day you may turn around and do the same to them as well.
These were all the things to keep in mind for a successful interview. So be prepared in all aspects and rock the next interview that you will face.