Top tips for interview
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“Ready to start your career!!! Want to gift yourself with a deserving and genuine job???” It is really difficult to find such a job that will enhance your skills and professionally shape you to achieve future endeavors. Here are some tips to help you prepare for interview to land the open job you’ve seeking.
- Conduct proper research on the company and the interview.
- Prepare with a proper plan and skill set for the position you are attending the interview.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions.
- Prepare Your question for the interviewer.
- Be prepared with examples of your work/ projects/ academic projects.
- Plan your attire for the interview with a mesmerizing appearance.
- Practice good nonverbal communication.
- Carry the required documents and resume.
- Wear proper body language and make a great first impression.
- Respond truthfully and Keep your answers concise and focused.
- Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions.
- Don’t try to bring up the topic which you don’t know.
- Answer if you know, don’t cook your answer if you don’t know.
- Stay calm, don’t appear desperate and use appropriate language.
- Follow-Up After the Interview.
Conduct proper research on the company and the interview
Understand the key information about the company you are interviewing with. The company’s website, social media posts (mostly LinkedIn) and recent press releases will provide a solid understanding of the company’s goals, vision and how your background makes you a great fit. Some Company Information is:
- Company name, major products/ services.
- Names of key executives, major locations of offices and plants.
- Brief history, growth record, Financial position and general reputation in field or industry.
- News reports about the company in the media, the latest changes or achievements.
- Company programs, methods, processes, and problems with which you are acquainted Job Information.
Prepare with a proper plan and skill set for the position you are attending the interview
Research the position you are applying to. Know about the required skill set for the position, roles, and responsibility. Prepare your resume with the skill set you are confident in as per the required position. It will be butter on the cake if you have any project mentioned in the resume with your skillset. It will create a visual impact on your skills n the interviewer.
Practice your answers to common interview questions
List the common interview questions that can be asked in the interview and prepare for the same by conducting a mock interview and practice your answers with friends. Some of the common questions are:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- What are your biggest strengths?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Why are you interested in working for [Company name]?
- Why do you want to leave your current company?
- Why is the gap between your academic? (mostly to the fresher if there is any academic gap)
- Why should we hire you?
- Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
- Tell me about the most difficult situation you have faced and how you handled it.
- How do you spend your spare time?
- What was the last book you’ve read or the last movie you watched?
- Are you creative? Tell any incident where you got to show your creativity.
- What was your biggest failure?
- Who are our competitors?
Prepare Your question for the interviewer
Come to the interview with some thoughtful, intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent towards the role. List 3-4 questions you want to ask the interviewer and make sure that the questions are creating a positive impression on the interviewer.
Be prepared with examples of your work/ projects/ academic projects
Always be prepared with the content or work examples for the skills you have mentioned in the resume. If you are showing work/ projects/ academic projects related to the skills you have mentioned, it will create a visual impact of your skills to the interviewer and you will guaranty your passion with your skillset.
Plan your attire for the interview with a mesmerizing appearance
Appearance is key to crack the interview. It is a first impression on the interviewer to set a mind for you. Your attire, the appearance will speak up before opening your mouth. If you’re speaking to a recruiter before the interview, you can ask them about the dress code in the workplace and choose your outfit accordingly. If you don’t have someone to ask, research the company to learn what’s appropriate for dressing.
Practice good Non-Verbal communication
Good non-verbal communication plays a vital role in demonstrating confidence. Standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first non-verbal impression can be a great beginning or a quick ending to your interview.
Carry the required documents and resume
Research the job role, description and prepare the resume accordingly for the interview. Read the description and carry the required document. If you will miss to follow up, it will create a negative impression on the interviewer.
Wear proper body language and make a great first impression
“The first impression indeed the last” is a very famous and practical statement. Your body language, activeness, behaviour, attitude will show your interest in the role and your nature too. So, wear proper body language, confidence during verbal, non-verbal communication and throughout the interview process.
Respond truthfully and Keep your answers concise and focused
Listen to the interviewer carefully and answer the question focusing the exact point. Ask for repeat the question gently if you didn’t follow the question. Your answer should be gracefull, concise and focused. It’s ok to be truthful if you don’t know the answers to some questions. Accept the same to the interviewer politely.
Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions
Interview questions about your age, gender, religion, marital status, and relationships are inappropriate and in many areas illegal. Nevertheless, you may get one or more of them. Be prepared for such situations and handle the situation smartly and politely.
Don’t try to bring up the topic which you don’t know
Sometimes, while answering the questions unknowingly we mentioned some topics which give the interviewer a chance for a counter-question. If you know about the topic you are in a safe zone else it might pressurize you for the rest of the time. So, be smart while answering the questions with precise and focused content.
Answer if you know, don’t cook your answer if you don’t know
Don’t try to make the interviewer fool. One common mistake a candidate usually does by trying to be over-smart while interview. They try to cook the answer which they don’t know. It’s not a big deal if you don’t know an answer, but if you will try to cook it inappropriately, this may lead towards the end of your interview sometimes. So, accept it to the interviewer gently if you don’t know the answer.
Stay calm, don’t appear desperate and use appropriate language
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence to the interviewer.
Always remember you are there to showcase your skills/ talent and to present it not to beg. When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Three Cs (cool, calm, and confident) during the interview is very important.
Follow-Up After the Interview
Always follow up with a thank-you to the interviewer. After your interview, it is appropriate to ask either your interviewer, hiring manager or recruiter about what you should expect next. This will likely be a follow-up email with results from your interview, additional requirements like an assignment or reference list or another interview. It will show your interest in the job and dedication for the career.
Following these point and by working on it, a candidate can defintly perform better in the interview and can increase the chanse of selection for the post. Work heard, be updated and keep trying for what you deserve.