They say first 5 minutes of your appearance for any job position decides your prospects and, unfortunately, they are right. Competition is very high and only the deserving ones will be taken on the ride. Study reveals certain qualities that cause that win-win effect on your selector. The bad thing about these qualities is they are not god-gifted. The good thing about these qualities is they can be learnt and perfected by practice. You can get many tips and tools on internet to improve your interviews skills, in fact as many as you will be easily confused. So, to spare our users from wading in the vast sea of confusing knowledge, we have picked some really effective tips to rely on:
Tip ? 1: Take with you:
- Copies of your resumes
- References and letters of recommendations.
- Certificates, testimonials.
- Make sure that you have a good and working pen with you.
First of all, prepare your mind to not to get nervous, tense or tired at any cost. Do not eat anything containing garlic or onion in your breakfast. Wear formal attire, polished shoes, well-dressed hair. Arrive 15 minutes earlier to show your prompt and seriousness. It is not just the dressing sense, but your general etiquettes during the interview that impacts a lot. Hone your body language, learn to make eye contact and greet your interviewer with shaking hands such as reflecting confidence.
Get some knowledge about company you are hoping to hop on. Be prepared to discuss the industry and relevance of your qualifications with the vacant post.
The most relaxing thing about interviewers is that they are also human being. All interview questions sprout out of some common roots. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions to help you prepare for your interview:
a) Tell us about yourself?
Don't narrate about your pedigree if not specifically asked for. Tell them how your experience would benefit the position. Be as detailed as possible about your, educational background and previous job experience.
b) Why are you interested in this position?
Tell your employer why you chose to apply for this position. Explain why you are a perfect match for the position and how you will do full justice to the same. Use relevant examples from your family background, educational background and previous job experience.
c) Why Should We Employ You?
The straight forward answer would be because you need an employee and I an employer. But you are expected to give a more mature reply here. Your answer should list out strengths that you feel are relevant to the job. Given below are some answers which could help you churn out yours.
I have good co-ordination and analytical skills
I can persuade people to see my point of view, and get the work done
My greatest asset is my ability to motivate people
I have consistently met my deadlines and targets
I am a good team player
I am very flexible, and have the ability to work hard under difficult work conditions
I have the experience and knowledge relevant to this job (Here, give appropriate details and examples)
d) What do you know about this company?
You should research the company well before appearing for an interview. You must be prepared to discuss the industry, the company's relative size within that industry and show that you know who the major players and competitors are. Above all how can your past experience be an advantage here.
e) What salary are you drawing?
The question is not difficult to answer ? just be honest and give the figure. In all probability, your next employer may base your salary on this amount. However, the problem arises when you feel you are being underpaid in your current organization. You may feel tempted to lie, but do not give in, as checks can be easily made and you may be disqualified. In case you are getting additional perks, incentives or commissions, do not forget to mention them, as they are important while negotiating salary.
Tip?4: Tidbits :
- Whatever you want to answer, speak clearly with a normal tempo voice. Do not shout.
- Show your confidence level at every moment of an interview.
- Show your certifications or achievements only when they ask you to show.
- Always sit straight. It might help them to analyze your personality and your traits.
- Use the medium of answer, in which you feel comfortable. Remember to use good grammar and strong vocabulary with neutral accent.
- Always clarify your answer. Do not say Yes or No.
- Never complain about your past organization or employees.
- Do not argue and always give respect to your interviewer.
- Always keep neutral thinking and try to mould your answer according to your interviewer personality.
- If they give you a chance to ask any query or question, only ask relevant question.
Tip ? 5 :
Last but not least: Stay polite and keep smiling ever. It really costs nothing, never but sure pays something, though sometimes.