- Preparation and confidence
Preparation and confidence are very important tips. Good preparation always creates confidence. So the important thing to an interview is to be well prepared. In this you have to consider two things:
- You must prepare yourself practically for the interview.
- You have to gather information which is useful during the interview.
While going to interview you must consider the following things:
- You have to confirm the time, date and location of the interview and name of interviewer where appropriate.
- You have to plan to get there no earlier than half an hour before the interview time.
- Your dress must reflect that you are a professional.
- Concentrate on the interview at the interview.
- If you are asked to bring certificates, references etc., get them ready before the day. Your interview letter must be with you.
- On arrival ensure the receptionist knows you are there.
- Be on time!
Public transport may be useless if the traffic is heavy. Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be on time at the particular location of interview.
Also if you are there so early, you can wait nearby cafe of shop. And if you are going to be late, then best option is call them.
- Be Prepared!
Preparation not only means preparation of your syllabus etc. but also knowledge about the company before you attend the interview.
- Write down and practice possible questions!
Use the third person when talking about the job. Avoid sounding as though you assume the job is yours.
It is fine to ask about the package on offer and accommodation – living in and living out are particularly relevant. Do not forget to find out if the company will guarantee a resort or chalet – many will only allocate you a country. You could also try a fewer more testing questions such as how they differentiate themselves from their competitors or what they think the toughest/hardest part of the job is.
- You never get a second chance to make a first impression!
First keep in mind that you never the second chance to make a first impression so be careful.
Some points are here to remember:
- Smile is one of the thing which may matter in your impression. Good smile always please people.
- Dressing also an important thing. You should be in professional dress. And must be looking formal.
- Do not forget for firm handshake.
- Eye contact without glaring is showing your confidence.
- Do not talk too much!
Always remember that communication is two-way things so give them a chance. Also don’t interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking. Give him/her full chance to talk.
One common mistake candidates make when interviewing is talking too much. It is important to listen to the question asked and answer that question. Keep your answers to two to three minutes at the most. When you limit your time, you tend to stay more focused. It is very easy to stray off the subject and ramble about things irrelevant to the job if your answer is too long.
- Be enthusiastic and positive!
During interview always enthusiastic. Do not say bad points for the previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and views.
- Check in During Interviews
Your initial interview answers should be brief. But some of your best stories may take time to detail, then after two minutes ask for permission to go on. You may say something like, “Now I have described about my project, would you like to hear about my role in detail?”
- Answer Briefly
The best interviews have a give and take atmosphere. To do this, you need to ask questions and try to draw out your interviewer rather than talking about yourself nonstop. When it comes to talking during an interview, sometimes less is more. A general rule is you should speak one-third of the time and definitely no more than half of the time. When it is your turn to speak, do not hesitate to talk about yourself.
- Be Honest
You must be honest with your answers and at no time the interviewer should have any doubts on the veracity of your statements.
- Be a Good Listener
Your careful listening will ensure that you will comprehend the questions fully and it will also give you sufficient time to formulate your answers.
- Maintain Eye Contact
Constant eye contact should be maintained with the interviewer. Any deviation from this will give wrong signals to the interviewer that you are avoiding the question or that you do not know and are searching for the answers.
- Ask questions if you are asked to
If the interviewer asks you whether you have any questions, do not reply in the negative. You should ask questions and they can be about your responsibilities, location etc. but never on the timings, leave etc.
- Thank the interviewer
At the close of the interview, you should never forget to thank the interviewer and express how enlightened you have become with this interview.
Following are the points which should be avoided during interview.
- Not preparing for the interview:
Keep in mind that preparation always increases confidence. So do not face the interview without preparation. You cannot communicate without pre-interview research.
- Showing up late or too early:
One of the first lessons in job-search is to show up on time for interviews. Many job seekers do not realize that showing up too early often creates a poor first impression. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for an interview because it may be construed that the job seeker has too much time on their hands. Always remember that your time is as valuable as the interviewer’s. Always arrive on time, but never more than 10 minutes early.
- Poor handshake:
In every place handshaking matters a lot. With the help of handshaking a trained person can judge your personality. The hand shake starts the interview and that is your first opportunity to create a great impression. If you have delivered a poor handshake, it is impossible for you to recover from it. Here are some examples:
- The limp hand gives the impression of lack of confidence or weakness.
- Only tips of the fingers shows lack of ability to engage.
- The arm pump shows overly aggressive person.
Your handshake may be telling more about you than you know.
- Treating the receptionist rudely:
The first person you meet on an interview is a receptionist. The receptionist has the power to say about your positive or negative points before you even set eyes on the interviewer. The interviewer may also solicit the receptionist’s opinion of you after you leave.
- Talking too much:
Talking too much always creates a problem. To avoid over-talking, practice answering questions in a direct manner. Avoid nervous talking by preparing for your interview with role-play.
- Talking negatively about current or past employers/managers:
The fastest way to talk yourself out of a new job is to say negative things. Even if your last boss was not good, never state your ill feelings about him/her. No matter how reasonable your complaints, you will come out the loser if you show that you disrespect your boss because the interviewer will assume that you would similarly trash him or her. When faced with the challenge of talking about former employers, make sure you are prepared with a positive spin on your experiences.
- Asking about benefits, vacation time or salary:
Do not ask about the benefits, vacation time or salary during the first interview. Wait until you have won the employer over before beginning that discussion.
- Verbal ticks:
The first signs of nervousness are verbal ticks. We all have them from time to time “umm,” “like,” “you know.” You can also sometimes avoid verbal ticks by pausing for a few seconds to gather your thoughts before each response.
To reduce the verbal ticks practice for sharing your best success stories ahead of time, and you will feel more relaxed during the real interview.
- Not enough/too much eye contact:
Eye contact shows your confidence but it may happen that it creates a negative effect also. Avoid eye contact and you will seem shifty, untruthful, or disinterested. If you sometimes have trouble with eye-contact balance, work this issue out ahead of time in an interview practice session with a friend.
- Failure to match communication styles:
It is almost impossible to make a good first impression if you cannot communicate effectively with an interviewer. But you can easily change that situation. Following points will help to you.
- If the interviewer seems all business, then you must behave in a business-like manner.
- If the interviewer is personable, try discussing their interests.
- If the interviewer asks a direct question, answer directly.
Allowing the interviewer to set the tone of conversation can vastly improve your chances of making a favorable impression.
- Final Thoughts
Just as a strong resume wins you an opportunity to interview, strong interview skills will win you consideration for the job. You already know that you will not earn an interview unless your resume sets you apart as a candidate of choice. Start your job search with a resume that creates a stellar first impression.
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- Not preparing for the interview
- Dressing inappropriately
- Arriving Late
- Bringing a drink with you
- Using your phone during the interview
- Not knowing anything about the company
- Unclear Resume Facts
- Not Paying Attention
- Talking Too Much
- Not being prepared to answer questions (You should prepare “What questions to expect & how to answer”)
- Blaming Past Employers, superiors and co-workers
- Not thanking the interviewers while going out.