A few essential tips to keep in mind when attending a job interview.
You may be fresh out of college trying to enter the job market, or you may be halfway down your career path looking to increase your prospects and bag a better job. Whoever you are, there are a few essential tips that you should keep in mind when attending a job interview. Here are a few tips that will help you succeed at your following job interview and help you land that dream job of yours.
The first impression counts
Yes, the first impression counts. The first moment they set their eyes on someone, they can decide many things about that person for many people. It is a psychological thing and may not always be correct. Whether the first impression is accurate or not, why take a chance? So keep in mind that how you dress and how you carry yourself the first time you meet your prospective employer is significant. This first impression helps the interviewer determine whether you would fit in with the organization and what sort of a person you are.
Dress to impress
Whoever said that what you wear has nothing to do with who you are is wrong. How you dress speaks volumes about yourself. So dress to impress. It does not mean that you have to dress up to the nines but wear clean, well-ironed, matching clothes. Avoid loud, bright colors and bizarre fashion statements.
For men, a shirt with long sleeves and well-cut pants would do. Make sure you wear a matching tie and keep it sober – no fancy designs with the Simpsons on it, please. For certain positions, you might even be required to wear a full suit.
For women, a light-colored blouse and a pair of pants, or even a workwear skirt such as an A-line skirt or a pencil skirt, would do. Don’t go for too much jewelry or excessive makeup. A simple and matching handbag or a briefcase would add to the professional look. Remember to polish your shoes and ladies, better not opt for extremely high heels; you must be comfortable to perform well at the interview.
Also, make sure you are well-groomed; neatly combed hair and clean, short nails all give out tiny signals about your personality and add to it.
Do your homework
It would help to do some homework about the organization you are planning to join. They often ask you about how you got to know about the company, what you know about them, and other such questions. Therefore, visit their websites, ask from friends about the company, the organization you are planning to join, prepare beforehand so that the company’s questions do not surprise you.
Find out the location.
Before the day of the interview, find out where the company is located and make sure you know the way to the place of your consultation. It will help you to get there on time.
Be prepared for the interview. Browse the Internet and find out what sort of questions you may be asked and prepare your answers for them. Practice with a friend if you can. Remember to always be positive in your answers.
Be ready if there are tests.
Some interviews have a test component as well. If there is a test, ask the person who calls you to set up the consultation a few basic questions about any difficulty and the duration of the test, and what you will be tested on to know what to expect.
Punctuality is essential at any job interview. There is no excuse for being late. But don’t be too early either. If you arrive too early, you’ll look too anxious. Arrive 10 minutes before the interview to have enough time to settle down and wait until you are called rather than rush to the interview.
I think, is the most important. No one is perfect, but anyone can be confident. You may be a bit jittery but look convinced. The moment you look hesitant, the interviewers can sense it, and it might prompt them to question you further. So be confident, and that will reflect in your answers and how you behave at the interview. If you have prepared for the interview beforehand, it will boost your confidence level too.
Take all documents
Whether they ask you or not, it is wise to take a folder of your certificates and your portfolio. Make sure you take a printed copy of your CV and do not forget to take a pen. If they have asked you to bring specific documents, make a checklist before you go for the interview and make sure you take all the forms they have asked you to get. Make sure you arrange them in order so that you will look organized and systematic.
Mind your manners
When you are called for the interview, greet the interviewers according to the time of the day. Please don’t offer to shake hands unless they do first, and wait till you are asked to be seated. Sit properly and do not sit on the chair’s edge because that will look as if you are nervous. Remember that from the moment you enter the premises, you are under scrutiny. So treat everyone you meet nicely and politely, starting from the doorman to the CEO.
Be honest and sincere.
Be honest and sincere at the interview. If you don’t know the answer to a specific question, say so. Don’t lie. If you do not understand a particular problem, politely ask them to repeat the question. Do not complain about your previous jobs; don’t criticize your previous employers. Those are definite no-nos.
Maintain eye contact
Maintain eye contact with the interviewers. Address the person asking you the question and the others in the panel if it is a panel interview. Smile.
Thank them for the time
Once the interview is over, thank them for the time they spent and for interviewing you. If they offer to shake hands, do so, and have a firm handshake. Wish them a pleasant day and close the door slowly behind you.
Your interviewers will tell you what to expect next after the interview. Be honest and face the interview with confidence, and you will soon be doing your dream job. Good luck!