9 Tips for a Successful Interview
We all know the rules. They have been the same for years; dressing professionally, carrying a resume, being on time, making eye contact, and keeping the salary and benefits talk for the end.
Do you believe in going with the traditional or the unconventional? Well, not many people are aware of few pet peeves that almost all the interviewers carry. Keeping these pointers in mind only increases your chances of getting that job you’ve always wanted.
Here are nine things you should keep in mind when at an interview:
The recruiter will always send you the profile before you’re going for an interview. Be sure to go through the profile thoroughly before getting into the interview room and try answering questions keeping the profile and expectations the interviewer has in mind. This will help you communicate your expertise in the field they are looking to hire.
2. Go from being “casual” to “formal yet comfortable”
While every interviewer ensures that the applicant is comfortable and at ease, it works the other way round too. Are you keeping the interviewer comfortable too? Also, you must know that your word filters need to be alert and put to best use! Choose your words carefully and frame your sentences appropriately. While you’re at it, any form of swear words is a strict no-no.
3. What do you want to be remembered for?
No one knows your areas of expertise like you do. Decide on the most important things you want to communicate to the interviewer and ensure when you talk about them, you talk with a real tone of an expert. Cite examples, showcase your knowledge on the industry trends, let them know that whatever they need for the role they’re looking at, you have it in you!
For those few hours, the entire world can wait. We know how difficult it is to keep our hands off the phone while it beeps with messages from your friends; don’t touch it unless it is vital! Your friends, those countless WhatsApp groups, and your social media updates can wait. Be focused, your interviewer deserves all your attention.
5. Be honest
You are not meant to know everything! If you do not know something, admit it! With the amount of experience an interviewer usually carries, they are able to distinguish between actual knowledge and a made-up answer. In addition, being honest might give you an extra brownie point on his score sheet.
6. Give Relevant Examples
Job interviewers will ask you situation based questions and the best way to tackle these questions is by relevant examples. How did you handle the situation when you were in it? How do you justify the skills mentioned on your CV? This not only helps you give out the message that you’re not faking skills but also helps the recruiter see you as a close fit in the profile they’re offering.
7. Ask Questions
If you have researched the company profile well (which is a must), you will surely have a question or two to ask. Whenever asked if you have any questions, ask! Not asking anything might indicate unpreparedness or worse, it might appear as if you are disinterested in the job or work profile. Don’t know what to ask? Ask about the interviewers experience in the company, ask about how they foresee the growth opportunities in the role – these are just some basic questions for you to ask the interviewer.
8. Think Happy Thoughts
Everyone loves positivity. Smile, be relaxed. But at the same time, ensure you’re acting professionally for the interview. Your attitude, the way you respond to questions will affect the comfort level the interviewer will share with you. And for all you know, you’ll get a sense the company’s culture you’re likely to work for!
9. Remember Rise
In addition,remember the philosophy of Rise while giving your interview. Give examples of when you had challenged conventions, driven positive change and given alternative solutions to problems. This will help you stand out from the crowd!
Lastly, don’t forget to breathe, relax and give it your best!
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