Interview is the final process before one gets selected for a job, and so, can make or break the chances of getting one. No matter how proficient a person is in his or her field of work unless he or she is able to convey the same to the interviewer with confidence, it will remain on paper only. Also, the information given on your resume would amount to nothing if you are not able to convincingly answer the related queries. Given the importance of the interview process in the final selection of a candidate, one should prepare adequately for it by following the eight tips:
Knowing about the company and job description: One should be aware of the job description and necessary attributes required for the position. The candidate should get information about the company in terms of its vision, goals, processes, nature of work etc., preferably from its website. If the candidate is found to be knowledgeable about the company it would imply the person is enthusiastic about the job. The interviewer should get the vibe that the candidate can add value to the company by being an asset.
Brush up the resume info: This is perhaps the most important piece of information that a candidate should know. It proves if the information mentioned therein is authentic and not just made up to fill the pages. It would also give an insight into the level of motivation, seriousness of intent, and skills possessed by the candidate.
Wearing the right attire: As the interview is a formal affair a person’s dressing sense matters a lot in terms of judging his personality, seriousness, or sense of taste. It is better to wear formals as they help to highlight one’s demeanour in the most positive way. Even if a company encourages casual wear for its employees, during interview due care should be taken not to look shabby or out of tune with the surroundings.
Prepare well: The saying ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ is an apt one. Even the smartest person can fumble at the interview if he or she is not prepared. Make sure the posture and body language show confidence. While answering questions one should not show signs of stress as it would result in stuttering or fumbling. It is better to practice before a mirror or ask another person to act as the interviewer. The more one practices the more confident one becomes.
Be specific: During the interview one should be specific with the answers instead of beating around the bush. For example, if the candidate is asked to describe himself, he should be careful enough not to get into inanities like describing food habits, favourite medium of entertainment etc. It is better to emphasise one’s strengths and build on it. On the other hand, one should be careful about citing weaknesses.
If asked pointedly, the areas of weakness should be made to appear more like a genuine attribute of a person such as placing trust on people. If a person is articulate and specific with his answers he would appear confident as possessing the right attitude. Conversely, if a person brags or drags while articulating, the impression formed will be that of a brash and frivolous person.
Stick to professional life: Unless asked specifically one should not get into describing his or her personal life but stick to professional life only.
Be polite: It is important that one uses appropriate language suitable to the work environment instead of colloquialism and slangs.
Show enthusiasm: One can even ask questions during the interview to show his attitude and motivation for work. This can work in a positive way for the candidate.