Uneven breaths, hands turning cold, sweat beads glistening on the forehead and you get jitters. When an awaited interview is turning you uncomfortable, do not worry. Undoubtedly, Interviews have always been a nerve racking experience. So, here we have put together some really tested and beneficial tips for you. These will surely help you crack the interview in the first attempt.
Do your homework really well
First of all, know about the company. This is time-consuming and requires attention. So, spend the time to know about the company’s background, employer, about your job and various details of the company. You must understand Job Requirement. When you are prepared well it not only boosts your confidence but also helps you tackle questions.
Never underestimate yourself, know you competency
It is essential to overcome the fear of rejection. The point is why do we fear interviews. The answer is simple. It is not fear of interview but fear of rejection. The simple remedy is to change your attitude. Remember that if you need this job, the person sitting there to choose you also requires you. So, it not a one-sided game. This will build up your self-reliance and confidence. Ultimately, you will find it easy to tackle the situation
You have to create a lasting impact
Always remember the first impression is the last impression. Demonstrate your capabilities and qualities in such a way that they outshine others. I am definitely not asking you to be overconfident and aggressive but beautifying and present the talents that you possess is a must.
Practice a confident intro
Generally, the first question during the interview is “tell us about yourself”. Prepare a confident answer beforehand. Remember to go beyond your resume. The interviewer has your resume and so you must bring something which is not on it. You can tell something that reflects the best in you like your career highlights, passion etc. Prepare it well, practice it and try to sum it up in a minute.
It is good, to be honest, but not at the cost of your job
Don’t be hesitant to say your positive points. At the same time, you can also mention certain weakness. It gives your answers a natural look natural. Remember to present your weakness in a very intelligent way. Never say something which might work against you. And you must never forget to add that you are working on your weakness.
Carry all that is essential
Extra copies of your resume, certificates, documents, notepad, pen etc. Never forget them because asking for them would really flop the entire scene. It also displays a sense of carelessness on your part.
Be prepared beforehand
Google and be prepared for some probable questions. One of the most common question which is asked is “Why should we select you”. So, you must prepare an answer and write it down. Also, keep in mind your role in the company. You can mention all your prior experience, internships in the field. Mentioning about your communication skills, negotiation, conflict management ability, Multitasking etc. will also add weight.
Dos and Don’t for an interview
- A proper genuine CV is a must. Never bluff or fabricate it.
- Punctuality speaks your attitude. It is actually the very first impression about you. Reach the venue before time. At least five minutes prior to the scheduled time.
- Do not reach too early because it again ruins the scene.
- When you reach before the time you have space to calm yourself and build up a confident composure. Rather than arriving last minute, hurrying into the office and Running short of breath.
- Be active in responses. You must be expressive and a good conversationalist. Try to dazzle the interviewers with eloquent speech.
- Make sure you support your strengths by giving examples.
- It is essential to make an eye contact. It reflects your confidence and self-assurance.
- Enter with a bright smile and confident greeting.
- Offer a confident hand shake.
- Follow the three Cs- stay calm, composed and confident. By staying calm, I do not mean to be dumb. You must be wise enough so as not to speak far too much.
- It is good to maintain eye contact with the interviewer but neither prolong it nor stare.
- Make sure that your cell phone is on silent mode once you enter.
- Remember that having a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job and employer are vital in the initial stages. Studies show that hiring managers make critical decisions about applicants in the first 20 minutes of the interview.
- The key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Do not brag. Do not interrupt. These two can be fatal for your selection.
- Your goal should always be genuine and authentic answers to interview questions.
- Make sure you provide focused responses that showcase your skills, experience and fit the job.
- Provide solid examples of solutions and accomplishments but keep your responses short.
- Do not give the impression of boasting about yourself.
- Never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker as it shows negativity.
- Ask some insightful questions.
Body language – The silent, non-verbal communication
- Poor body language can be a distraction as well as your reason for not getting selected.
- Rubbing your hands, shaking legs, wiping face etc display your nervousness. Avoid them.
- Keep a confident smile but do not smile too much.
- Nod your head to convey understanding but again do not over do it.
- Maintain a straight body posture. It reflects your self-reliance.
- Do not fidget with your pen or papers or even the furniture.
- Do not mumble.
- You can also read more in detail about body language in various articles available on our website.
When you sum it up
- Before the interview closes, ask for feedback from the interviewer. It gives a very positive impression about you.
- Send a thank you email. Make use of your social media to express gratitude.
- Exit with an air of confidence, And I am sure you will leave an impact.