Job Search Skills - Interview

Job Search Skills – Interview

Now you are at a stage where interview calls keep flowing in. Interviews can be a nerve-wrecking experience for many, so it is always good to be thoroughly prepared to minimize the chances of failure or disappointment.

Interview

Preparing for an Interview

You need to make an interview strategy and for this, you need to pay attention to the following points −

Keep Your Documents Ready

Get two photocopies of all the documents that the company has asked for such as your degree certificates, experience certificates, resume, ID proof, photograph, etc.

Research about the Company

Research and read in detail about the company – what is the company all about, what are the services it offers, about its client base, market, annual turnover, employees, etc. Be sure to check on your job role too.

Rehearsal

Before attending the interview, rehearse for two or three times. Check your voice, intonation, diction, etc. Assume probable questions, most likely which can be asked and prepare a balanced answer. This will help you face the actual interview confidently.

Rehearsal

Prepare Yourself

Your attire gives the first impression. Dress to impress. Wear formals. Choose colors that make you feel confident. Take care to groom yourself well. Avoid wearing too many accessories and those that are meant for party wear are a complete no-no. Use cologne or perfume sparingly. Last but not the least, always be on time. You can reach the interview venue a little ahead of time schedule but being late for an interview is never advisable.

In the Interview Room

Remember, the key to your success lies in your ability to communicate smartly and reflect a confident appearance. So, in the interview room, you must indicate that you are −

  • Relaxed and confident
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • Humble
  • Eager to face the challenges
  • Ready to take risk
  • Willing to improve your skills

While Answering the Questions

  • Approach your prospective employer/interviewer with respect.
  • Be pleasant and friendly.
  • Make a good start.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Do not slouch in your chair. Don’t get nervous.
  • Remain calm and composed with a smile on your face.
  • Show interest that you are always open for the new lesson and ready to learn.
  • Answer questions professionally, but honestly. Do not be dishonest or try to mislead.
  • Give specific answers and do not answer more than required.
  • Use simple language while answering.
  • If you don’t know the answer to any question, rather than giving false or indirect answer, politely make it clear that you don’t know the answer.
  • Do not get anxious on any sort of question, rather remain courteous and polite throughout your interview.
  • Reply politely even to tricky and irritating questions.
  • While leaving, remember to thank the interviewers for the opportunity.