We all know that interviews can be very stressful. All sorts of thoughts come to our minds while sitting for one. But it is a known fact that the hiring process cannot be completed without it. Therefore, it is necessary to be prepared beforehand, as it will only bring you one step closer to land the dream job. While some nervousness is ok, but make sure that it doesn’t overpower your confidence. Always put your game up!
So, to be successful in your interview here are some tips, you surely don’t want to miss out.
Research about the organization – Before attending any interview, thoroughly research about the organization. You won’t want to make a fool out of yourself, in front of the panel. Do know about the job role, company profile, core member, competitors, etc. This will help you in answering questions with much ease.
On-time – Being punctual is something one should keep in to practice. Always arrive 15 minutes before the interview. This leaves a remarkable impression. Also, it will help you settle down and relax. Avoid being in rush by any means.
Grooming – The concept of ” The First impression is the last impression” may not apply in all aspects of life. But here, it surely does! You must dress right. Wear formal ironed clothes for this day. One may go for plain colored shirts and trousers. Comb your hair neatly and be hygienic.
Study your CV – Break out your CV and do an analysis of what you have done so far, how your skills can help the organization, previous experiences, and skills. Prepare questions and decide how will you answer them. Practice them every day.
Prepare a portfolio – Invest in a good quality portfolio. This should carry all your important documents, achievements, certificates, and all the work is done until now. Although in most cases the employer does have a copy of it, this will show them that you’re an organized individual.
Project confidence – Deep down no matter how nervous you are, showcase as if you have all confidence in the world. When you’re called inside the interview room, walk with a smile on your face. Greet the interviewer. Make eye contact while you answer the questions. Don’t look down, at the wall or the clock. This can give them a bad sign.
Ask for feedback at the end – There are chances that interviewers have made their decisions about you. You may go ahead and ask them. By asking you to show interest. They might not answer your question, but they will appreciate you for asking it. The organization feels that the candidate has a positive attitude and is open to feedback.
Salary Negotiations – Never! Never do this! Don’t ask for unrealistic salary hikes as it will make them think, that you are not serious about the job and it is just about money. The normal range of hike is from 25% to 40%. If you want to, do your homework before any negotiations.
Now that all points have been covered, use them to stand out among other candidates and seem more professional. Good Luck!