So, have you checked all that you need? Resume – check, tie- check, documents – check, confidence – double check. Before you take on to another flight for job interview pursuit, you as a candidate must know some basics before you enter the realm of dungeon of interview panel and starers. More you ponder over the unexpected situation ahead of you, the more you get into anxiety attacks.
Save yourself from these self-conscious encounters; sit back and read a few tips & tricks that may smooth down your interview ride ahead
Preparedness – prepare yourself for all tangible and non-tangible inevitabilities in advance.
- Basics about the interview – Be prepared with important information such as, the venue, the timing and a little knowledge about interviewers as well.
- Show up before the time – Interview nervousness is normal, you can deal with anxiety by simply reaching early at the venue and absorb the surrounding beforehand.
- Dress up to show the best you – It is a fact, face value and overt impression can take you ahead from where you are standing. Don’t forget to look formal and presentable enough for that one eye appealing glance
- Interview smartness – Different companies follow different interview styles, such as -one to one interview, panel discussion or rounds of interviews with written assessments. With a little information about the company you can come out well prepared.
- Do research & write points – It is nothing but a golden rule, before you visit the panel -know about the company’s vision, mission, annual reports, products, services, etc. This will simply enable you to answer insightful questions about what you can offer them as a promising candidate.
Double check on Confidence – this is the most important ingredient to get you through any situation, anywhere in life.
- A firm handshake & a warm smile – first point is already taken in a positive note with the kind of handshake and smile you put forward to interviewers. An eye contact, warm handshake and a smile can take you to next positive level already.
- Body Language – this is the most powerful type of non- verbal communication. Unconscious acts like – shaking leg and fidgeting with objects can make you look clumsy; be cautious enough to avoid them.
- Resume confidence – the most powerful tool that you carry along with you for an interview the resume. Know the inside-out about your resume in terms of achievements and various projects attached to it. Consider yourself a brand, and sell yourself well.
All’s well that ends well – always end the session on a healthy – positive note.
- Ask questions – Wait for your turn and know them from your angle. Ask them specific relevant questions. Prepare yourself before you go for any interview. Questions can be pertaining to – brief about the department, company culture, team size, future plans, etc. Clarity on these questions will definitely give you a peace of mind as you go out of the interview session.
- Don’t over commit – Avoid hasty answers to all questions. You want to be honest but don’t want to over commit for any situation that you may not even have knowledge about. Answer back with honesty in yourself and your commitment.
- Take it like an interview not a war – Be calm about the situation, it is just an interview not some life threatening event. You just have to give your best and rest leave it on the decision makers.
- Write a ‘Thank You’ mail – After interview, write them a thank you mail for their time and considerations. Make an impression post interview.
Indeed, there are different connotations attached with every individual, position and company in any interview process. There will be a many cases that you will face as a candidate during interviews through different stages of life. These tricks and tips will prepare you for an uncertain situation ahead; rest lies in your hand how you want to shape the unseen future.