Interview Tips to Help Get You a JobJuly 3, 2017
Frankly speaking, I am not an expert in cracking job interviews, but I guess there are a few things that have come from my personal experience or research that may be informative and helpful enough to help you get your dream job. Of course, your relevant subject knowledge is a must and there is always a very thin line between your interview and the job, but keeping a quick check on a few points may add to your chances of cracking the interview and thereby, bagging the job.
It is the first impression that you make on your potential employer, and the saying goes “first impression is the last impression”. So dressing formally and up to the mark will surely give out a positive sign to the employers and boost your personality, if not win you the job right-away.
2. RESEARCH EVERYTHING ABOUT THE COMPANY
Do a thorough research on the profile, work-culture, turnovers and history of the company. That would be of great use at the time of the interview, and also before that, because after knowing everything about the company, you may actually decide if you would like to work for that company or not. Also, interviewers like an applicant who has sound knowledge about the company.
3. IF YOU HAVE A PRIOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER, SEARCH HIM/HER ONLINE
It’s a great idea to know about the interviewer from his social handles. Browsing through his/her posts, pictures, tweets will surely give out many clues on the personality, nature, and mindset of the interviewer and then you can know how to deal with him/her at the time of the interview.
4. KNOW YOUR RESUME
It is very easy to edit a friend’s resume fill-in your own credentials there, but often in doing so, we mention many things irrelevant and not linked to our profile. The worst part is when we don’t even know what’s there in the resume. So it is always a good idea to prepare a resume on your own and mention nothing fake or exaggerate anything. Many interviewers like to ask questions from your resume just to check if the mentioned points are true and misleading.
5. HAVE A SELF INTRO READY
Most of the times, the first thing an interviewer asks is your introduction. That may or may not be scripted, but keep in mind, an introduction should contain your basic information along with your academic qualifications, work experience, skills and future goals. The company has no interest in your hobbies and likes or dislikes; they would ask you if they are interested in those. Have some nice points, don’t keep blabbering about just everything from your childhood to the company gate that morning.
6. KEEP SOME ANSWERS READY
Keep your answers ready for some classic questions like ‘what are your strengths?’, ‘what are your future plans?’, ‘why do you want to join this company?’, ‘are you a team player?’, ‘why should we hire you?’, etc. The answers to these questions often need to be backed up with solid stats and real incidents, so better not provide essay type answers and rather stick to real life experiences and prove your point.
7. KNOW YOUR WORTH
Know your value, have a minimum and maximum value of salary in your mind before entering the interview, but don’t reveal it. Don’t come up with your salary expectation at first, let them bring it up to you. Negotiation is good, but not very healthy if your expectations are very high from what they are offering. They do expect negotiation from your side, but not negotiating at all or asking for double will drop you in the category of rejects.
8. BE CONFIDENT
Not having confidence in yourself may cost you your prospective job. So be confident, keep smiling, answer firmly, don’t hesitate to tell clearly when you don’t know an answer, and remember the names of everyone you meet. I personally have a really bad habit of forgetting names, I’m working to improve it.
9. ASK SOME QUESTIONS AT THE END
It’s a good practice to ask some questions, generally 2-3, at the end of the interview. The interviewer either asks you to do so, or you may ask the questions yourself, no need to worry about losing your job just because you asked a question. Everyone has some queries and should those be cleared before it’s too late. Also, it makes a good impression on the interviewer that you were actually interested the whole time and not just attended the interview for pastime.
10. SAY THANKS
Not a rule, but saying ‘thank you’ just before you leave will not cost you even a penny; give it a try.
Hopefully. this article was informative and helpful enough for your next interview, may your job search end very soon! Thanks for going through.