If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re planning on giving a job interview in the near future. These 9 tips will surely put you on track to race ahead of every other candidate on the list!
Every company has a different dress code, as does every job profile. Try and understand what people at the company you’ve applied for generally wear. Corporate jobs have a strict dress code – formals (perhaps a suit and tie) while creative jobs have little to no code. Studies have also shown that corporate interviewers prefer candidates dressed in navy blue and black, and dislike bright colours like pink, red etc.
Do some research on typical interview questions and answers. Come up with your own answers, and practice them in front of a mirror. There are several questions that are universal to (nearly) all job interviews. Good examples are ‘What are your key strengths?’ and ‘Why should we hire you?’
At the end of the interview, the employer may ask you if you have questions of your own, be prepared and ask questions!
93% of our communication is nonverbal, i.e. our body talks more than our words do. So it would be wise to pay close attention to posture, handshakes, gestures etc when going for an interview. Stand straight when you enter, smile and maintain eye contact. Have a firm handshake (don’t squeeze the other person’s hand like a stress ball!), as this really makes an impression on the interviewers. Do your best to stay calm – that means no fidgeting with a pen or cracking knuckles. Finally, repeat the handshake when leaving.
Another tip: Watch the interviewer’s body language too. If he/she is staring blankly or fiddling with items on the table, he/she has lost interest in the conversation. Change the topic!
If there are a large number of candidates, it’s possible that you’ll be rejected by the employer. Just because you were rejected does not mean you were any lesser than other candidates. All it means is that your qualifications didn’t fit that job perfectly. So look for jobs that have a description matching your skill & qualification set.
Do send a thank-you note afterwards (see point #9) and ask for feedback so that you can do better in future interviews.
No interviewer likes a candidate who got stuck in traffic and turned up twenty minutes late. Even if you’re a great candidate, they may assume you’re a tardy person who’s always late for work, and reject you. Leave home an hour early if possible – it’s worth the wait if you get the job.
It’s surprising how many people forget to turn off or silence their cellphones, only to be reminded of their folly when their favourite EDM track goes off in the middle of the interview. Please, turn it off before you enter the waiting area. Even a receptionist observing your behaviour from a distance could affect your chances of landing that job.
Although interviewees will have already submitted their resumé to their prospective employers, they must ideally carry a printed copy along with them. This is all the more important for freshers, who might be applying at startups. Need some resumé tips? Check out this article.
Do your best not to negate what the interviewer says, or start an outright argument. Getting into a needless squabble with someone you barely know is hardly good for your job prospects. Unlike your parents and college professors, the interviewer does not know you at all. He/she may have a totally different point of view. So present your viewpoint and if there’s a sense of disagreement, just let go.
Your interview isn’t over just because you’ve left! Make sure to follow up with an email afterwards, thanking them for the opportunity. This would set you apart from candidates who haven’t sent one.
What other interview tips do you have? Do write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
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