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Interview tips

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A day or two before the interview most of us have butterflies in out stomach because we are probably too nervous to even say that we are nervous and feel anxious. If you are able to prepare well for an interview then that's usually half the work done.

Here are some tips that can help you for interview preparation -

 Review your CV

In all likelihood we all remember every word of our curriculum vitae. That is a good thing but when you are faced with an interview by the most experienced people, you might fumble. It's always a good practice to review your curriculum vitae a day before the actual interview.Also ensure that you do not misrepresent any of the factual data including:Period of service , Current remuneration, Current position and Job description , Previous employment data , Family background, Education background , References , Training etc.

 Do proper homework

One of the things that might really work in your favor is that if you can take some time to research about the company you are going to give an interview. All the important information can be fetched from the company's web site like- Company's Profile, Corporate culture, Management, products/ services etc. Similarly, gather all the information about the position being interviewed for, Role and Job Description, Salary range as indicated by the client, The name of the interviewer, his designation / panel size, Contact person and telephone number for better preparation.

 Prepare for some basic questions

All the preliminary interviews include some common questions. Well preparation for these questions means half battle won!!! Question that are mostly expected are

  • Reason for leaving the present job
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • A valid explanation if there have been too many changes in jobs
  • Questions based on the job / specialization
  • Career plans and where you see yourself in the next 5-7 years
  • Your knowledge about the company you are seeking a job with
  • Your awareness of current affairs related to your industry
  • Personal likes / dislikes / hobbies / willingness to relocate
  • Current salary and expected salary
  • References from ex-employers
  • Family details

 Prepare interview material

Create a list of your interview material, gather it can place all papers, curriculum vitae, photographs, previous appointment letters and all related documents. Put them in your file and review if every paper is in order.

 Pay attention to you dress code and grooming

Who says looks do not matter, well they do and a lot. No one wants a shabbily dressed person working in the office. Your appearance must be of a polished person.

 Quality time

The time that you spend with the client at the Interview, needs to be quality time. This is an opportunity to highlight your positive points, your strengths. The client is looking for the right skill set, attitude, aptitude and values that match with the organization.You must make a positive impression on the client.

 Pitfalls to avoid during an interview

  • Do not be late for an interview. If the circumstances are beyond your control ensure the consultant / client is informed well in advance
  • Avoid a limp handshake
  • Be conscious of your body language
  • Avoid any strong regional accents
  • Avoid being either over aggressive or too meek at the interview
  • Avoid usage of words / phrases you are not sure about
  • Do not over emphasize on the remuneration / monetary benefits you are looking for
  • Do not bad-mouth previous employer/s
  • Be honest about the reasons for changing previous jobs
  • Be forthright if you do not have enough knowledge about a particular question asked
  • Do not overstate your past achievements
  • Ask intelligent / relevant questions when the interviewer gives you a chance to learn more about the company.

 Closing the interview

Avoid saying that you need to consult parents / friends to take a decision, rather ask for time to give a response. Don't forget to thank the interviewer for the time and opportunity provided. Be cheerful and positive and show your eagerness to join the organization.

 When to take a feedback?

If the interviewer doesn't call back after the interview as promised, don't be surprised -- it happens. It is suggested not to hurry up. If a week goes by after the decision was supposed to have been made, call and ask if the position is still open. If the answer is yes, ask if you're still under consideration.

Getting a job is not guaranteed every time but by preparing for it well you are giving yourself the best chance to get a job. Preparation is important to success in any field so if you prepare for an interview well then you are going to get a job.

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