Interview, what to do on the big day!

Interview

Facing an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you want to stand a chance of landing the job, you have to put your best foot forward and be well-versed about the industry, company and of course be confident. If you can communicate the value that you would bring to your potential new employer, then it will be the added advantage.

Here we share tips for you to take, before walking into an interview for your dream job, from avoiding blunders to conveying the right body language, read on to know how easy it can be to making the critical first impression.

  • Preparation:
    Research about the company and prepare yourself with important information, such as the company profile, your probable job role, how you can add value to it. You should have complete information about the company; be it the vision, mission, product or services etc. This will enable you to answer questions with confidence and in turn help you ask intelligent questions. Many hiring managers eliminate candidates because they had little or no knowledge of the company.
  • Interview styles:
    Interview styles will vary from company to company. Some of them will test you with different interview arrangements, such as one-to-one interaction or a group discussion to assess your knowledge or you could face a panel interview or even a single person interviewing you. If you are able to know the company’s usual style, it can be a great help in preparing yourself. Prepare accordingly and also be ready with creative, insightful questions and craft your personal story.
  • Be early:
    It is better to be early, and not on time. That way, you are sure to be on time for the interview and also in case you are nervous, which is very common, it will help you relax and be prepared. So be sure to leave early so that you can absorb the surroundings and remain calm. Switch off your phone or keep it in silent, non-vibrating mode, to avoid distractions.
  • Dress for the job:
    Dress properly, wear formal wear with elegant looking colours and design, maybe a plain black or a gray coat over a white shirt. Avoid loud jewellery and other accessories. Make sure that your footwear compliments your formal look, wear formal shoes or sandals.
  • Perfect your handshake:
    Give a firm handshake, it can immediately indicate your level of confidence and attitude and conveys a lot about you. Too loose a handshake shows a lack of confidence and too tight suggests dominance, strike a balance and give a firm one.
  • Be confident:
    Use confident postures during your interactions and interview sessions. As soon as you meet the interviewers, give them a warm smile, looking straight into their eyes. This will make them comfortable with you and also let them know that you are a confident individual ready to take on the job. Also acknowledge, when you are listening to the interviewer, by nodding your head.
  • Watch your body language:
    Use hand gestures when speaking and maintain eye contact. Body language is a form of non-verbal communication and can strongly tell a lot about a person. Be sure not to fidget with objects, shake legs, scratch nose etc. which are a sign of negative body language. Be calm and composed.
  • Show competency:
    Competency based interviews are the most common and it tests your capabilities in core areas such as Situation, Task, Action and Results (STAR), so be prepared and use phrases like, “The situation was…”,”Key tasks involved were…”,”I took an action…”,”The result were…,”etc. in your answers.
  • Jot down notes:
    Write down important points, while the interviewer is speaking to you. By doing so it will show them that their information is important to you, especially when the person is talking about a profile. Even your pen should look professional; choose one that is not flashy.
  • Know your resume:
    Be confident about your resume and know all the details that you have written on your resume, especially profiles and achievements. It should look professional in every way. Do not carry it in your hand, put it in a professional looking folder or file.
  • Be positive:
    Consider that you have got the job and that you are already hired when talking to your interviewer. Use phrases like, “When I start working” or “I would like to do this once I join…” Also, ask relevant questions to clarify any doubts that you might have. Prepare yourself in advance for this.
  • After the interview:
    Once the interview is done, your job is still not done. This is another critical phase of the interview process. Don’t just get up and walk away. Thank them for their time, get the email address of everyone you interview with, ask them when you can expect a decision and who you should follow up with, say you want the job. Send a follow-up thank you email to everyone you met with, later on in the day. And if you do not hear from them soon, follow up and send them another email asking for the status. This will make them remember you and create a good impression.

Be calm and steady when you go for the interview. At the end of it, it is just a discussion to get to know each other. Follow these simple rules and you are bound to be ready for the interview. Good Luck!