Guidelines to help you ace your interview
Interviews are something we plan I our heads a hundred times before it actually happens!!Just the thought of appearing before some strangers who will ask you a bunch of questions and decide whether or not you are fit for a job makes you break out in cold sweat. But let me tell you one thing, this fear is more due to the hype than anything else and it arises when you are not really prepared for the interview.
There are a few things, easy to remember and easy to follow, that you can take care of which will help you out with your interviews. For people who have already appeared for an interview before as well as for the freshers, here is a list of things that you need to focus on.
Tips to keep in mind:
- Be confident: As long as you’re confident about yourself, you can do anything. Maintain a confident posture and this will go a long way in impressing the interviewers.
- Body language: The way you sit, the way you talk, the way you walk, everything says something about you so it is of utmost importance that you maintain a relaxed, composed and confident manner. Don’t fidget or stammer.
- Eye-contact: When you’re answering or asking a question, make sure to have eye contact with the people sitting in the room. It gives an impression that you’re confident and sure about yourself.
- Spoken language: Whatever is the language of communication, make sure that you have the basic grammar right. You need not be an expert in that language but you should have fluency and command over the basic grammar.
- Dressing up: Since it is not a meeting with a friend, you cannot choose something just out of your wardrobe. You have to dress formally and yet comfortably. You don’t want to appear stuffy, but neither should you look like a punk.
- Be professional- : As soon as you enter the interview room, maintain a professional face. Even if the interviewers are nice and friendly, be personal with them on a professional level. Don’t ramble or whine about anything. Don’t try and win any kind of sympathy from them. It won’t get you the job.
- Information – Get as much information as you can about the company/ college you’re applying to. They may ask why you chose that particular company/college and it is better to be prepared.
- Your application letter- : Go through the information you’ve filled in any form or whatever you’ve mentioned in your resume. Have all the records about your achievements in your mind. Your interviewer may decide to question you about that.
- Prepare your questions- In order to show that you’re taking an active interest in the job, have some questions prepared to ask the interviewers. It leaves a better impression.
Last minute catch-ups
- The night before your interview, get your dress and shoes ready. Don’t leave it for the next morning.
- Get an idea about the location where your interview will be conducted and make sure to time the distance so that you can reach the place on time. Punctuality makes a very important statement about your character.
- Have all your documents in one file and re-check them to confirm.
- Have a good night’s sleep so that you are well-rested for the interview.
Commonly asked questions:
Now, for practice, you can undergo mock-interviews. You can ask your friends or siblings or any elder person to interview you so that you get a basic idea. Here are some commonly asked questions that you must be prepared to answer:
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: This is where you talk about yourself. Make it brief, concise and to the point. Don’t brag about yourself and don’t ramble.
Q: Why do you want this job or what makes you suitable for this job?
A: Here you can use the information you’ve collected about the company.
Q: What are your achievements up to date?
A: Whatever you’ve achieved in recent times, mention it to them, especially if it is related to the job.
Q: What is your strength/weakness?
A: Your strengths maybe anything from your friendly personality to your strong-will. Pick a few things and talk about them modestly.
Each one of us has a weakness or two so don’t say that you don’t. It won’t impress anyone. Mention your weakness and also talk about what you are doing to overcome it.
Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
A: Ah, the future question. What they want to learn from this is how determined are you about your career. Obviously you cannot give a definite answer, so go with something practical and plausible.
Q: What is your definition of success?
A: This is totally up to you. But again be sure about what you say.
Q: Have you got any questions?
A: This is like your five-minutes-to-fame. You’ve a chance to show them that you are really interested in the job. But in case you don’t have any question, thank them politely.
See? All these questions are quite easy. You just have to answer them in a clear, confident way and the job is yours! Don’t be nervous, be yourself and give it your best shot!
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