Interview Tips

Interview Tips

Interview Tips

The interview is one of the most important elements in the job search process, which gives both the interviewer and interviewee an opportunity to exchange enough information to determine if they are a good “fit” for each other.  It is the opportunity to show the employer that you have the skills, background, and ability to do the job and that you can successfully fit into the organization. But there are candidates who are afraid of facing an interview. So here are some tips to overcome such fears and face an interview with absolute confidence.

Always research a little about the role you are applying for and the organization, before going for the interview. Because you may often be asked some specific questions about the organization. So, it is better to do some homework and prepare yourself for it.

Make sure whether your experience and skills fits the position and the organization. Think about some potential questions that can be asked and prepare your answers for that. Also prepare few questions to ask to the interviewer which can reveal your interest for the job and for their organization.

Do your planning for the day of interview before one day, like your journey, things to carry with you, your outfits etc. Plan the route to interview venue, with an aim to reach at least ten minutes early than the starting time. Prepare a detailed CV with your recent passport sized photo shot in a formal outfit pasted on it and being attested by you. In some cases you may also needed to bring your educational documents. If so prepare them too. Never forget to carry a pen with you. It’s worth bringing a notebook, extra CVs, names, addresses and phone numbers of references as in some cases the employer may ask for it.

Now come to the outfit part, one should always ware formal dresses to the interview. Choose colors like blues, browns, grays and blacks and make sure that your cloths fit correctly and are well-pressed and wrinkle free. Avoid wearing strong perfumes. Polished shoes are a must. Women should not wear too much jewelry and make-up.

On the interview day reach at least before ten minutes. Treat everyone you encounter in the office with respect and be pleasant to all. Switch your mobile phone to silent once you enter the office.

Take permission before entering the interview room. Greet the interviewer. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor without getting nervous. Never giggle or play with your hair.

Listen carefully to the questions and answer them briefly. Ask for clarification if, at first, you do not understand the question. Don’t be afraid of taking a short pause as you may need few seconds to formulate an answer. Look the interviewer in the eye, speak clearly because as much you speak inaudibly and avoid eye contact, the interviewer may assume it as a lack of confidence. Use positive language, answer each question with an honest response. Never say anything negative about past experiences, or employers, as interviewers will be assessing your motivation and enthusiasm.

Show interest in being able to learn new skills. If you are asked about something that is outside your experience, describe a situation where you learned something new and make them believe can do so again if required.

Don’t discuss about salary at the very beginning. Try to know your market worth, so that if asked about the expected salary you can start by quoting a little higher than that.

Do not give false information to the interviewer as in many places they do some background verification, and if your lie comes to light it can be harmful to yourself. You may lose the job for it even if you performed very well in the interview.

Do not forget to say ‘Thank You’ and ‘Good Bye’ to the interviewer before leaving the interview room.

Nowadays getting a job does not depend on merit alone, but personality, confidence, enthusiasm, a positive outlook, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are counted heavily in the selection process. So it is very important to work out on these points, so that you can come out with shining colors in your interview.

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