Don’t expect your resume alone to win you the job, you will need to communicate why you are the right person. Your success or failure in getting the job is determined within the first five minutes of the interview and make sure you create a positive first impression. Some of the useful tips from our side :
- Research the current industrial trends, company and the position before you interview.
- Practice answering the anticipated questions.
- Be punctual. Showing up late for an interview is taboo.
- Be sure to smile, give a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and importantly have positive and interested body language.
- At the beginning of an interview be ready to discuss some of your experiences (most often those outside of work) as an icebreaker.
- Listen carefully to questions and if you don’t understand a question ask for clarification.
- When answering questions, use practical examples from past experiences that demonstrate you have the skills and personality traits for the job.
- At the end of the interview, you will likely be asked, “do you have any questions for us?” This is the time to ask relative questions you have about the company and/or position.
- Make an eye contact with the interviewer as you speak. It shows that you are confident and honest.
- Express authentic interest in this position and working as a part of their “team.” Tell the interviewer the inherent aspects of the job that interest you.
- If you don’t know the answer, say so. You can’t know everything. So, just express your willingness to learn.
- Your conversation should always be positive and do not indulge in negative talks about the previous employer.
- Don’t testify against yourself. If asked your greatest weakness, reply with a weakness you have conquered, or tell them about a weakness that may actually be a strength in this position.
- Answer all questions completely, but skip the details unless they directly relate to this position confidently, concisely and enthusiastically to the interviewer(s).
- Don’t be too informal (even though the interviewer may have put you at ease) remember that it is an interview.
- Don’t smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. And don’t smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke.
- Don’t speak for too long – more than two minutes is generally too much.
- Don’t make vague statements – be specific and concise.
- Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
- Don’t bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
- Don’t ever lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.