Your performance in job interviews can change the course of your entire life. As we discussed in our last blog, preparing to attend the interview with the right mindset can help you greatly. But that is only the beginning, you have to implement certain key strategies in order to succeed in the interview.
As India’s first private job search site, we confidentially match 100s of job requirements with candidates and we set up interviews on a regular basis. Based on our experience, here is a list of 6 practical tips that can help you succeed in your job interview.
How to succeed in your job interview: 6 practical tips
Tip #1: Pre-Interview Preparation
Be well prepared for the interview. Sometimes we find candidates going to interviews without much research and preparation, thinking that they can come up with spontaneous answers for questions. That might be possible in some cases, but preparing well in advance is the foundation for spontaneity and self confidence. Here are some ways to prepare in advance:
- Do your basic research about the organization well in advance, learn about the brand, USP, offerings, solutions and market presence.
- Visit their website and do a thorough research.
- Ensure to recheck your resume thoroughly for correctness of details provided in it.
- Try to carry an extra copy of your resume.
Tip #2: First Impression is the Best Impression
Appearance does matter. Of course, the ultimate deciding factor that gets you the job will be your skill, talent, experience or expertise, but external appearance can create a good impression and give you a good start. It is easier to build on a good first impression, than to reverse a not-so-good opinion. So here are some tips:
- Dress appropriately for the interview based on the company’s culture (do some research).
- Plan well and arrive at the venue 10 minutes before scheduled time.
- Ensure to greet with a smile, a firm handshake and good eye contact.
- The first 30 seconds of the interviewer is critical as the interviewer subconsciously takes a decision if they like you or not.
Tip #3: Be Positive
Companies like positive attitudes. Interviewers do not like to hear any negative talk about your current boss or organization, instead be positive and focus on the good things you have learnt from your past experiences. Interviewers like to meet candidates who are enthusiastic and have the attitude of facing work challenges positively. You can even project your weakness in a positive light saying that there is room for improvement in certain areas.
Tip #4: Maintain good Body Language
Nonverbal communication contributes to what you are saying more than verbal communication. Your sitting posture, hand movements, head shakes and eye movements convey more than what you are saying with your mouth. Body language shows how confident and positive you are. But try not to fake anything. Just be confident from within and be aware of your body movement, do not try to force anything. Here are some simple tips:
- Sit straight. Do not slouch or lean back too much.
- Do not fold your arms against your body; it communicates that you are not very open.
- Do not look at the floor or the ceiling when you talk.
- Listen keenly to each question. Ask the interviewer to repeat if you don’t understand.
- Ensure that you maintain eye contact.
Tip #5: Communicate with Clarity and Focus
During the interview, articulate your experience and skills, market your knowledge, display your experience, focus on your abilities and skills related to the job opening. Align your strengths with the company and the job opening. Try to be yourself, be confident and do not be afraid to take short pauses in between. It is better to take few minutes to think and answer than to rush through and regret later. If you do not know the answer for any specific question, simply accept that you do not know it. If you have not understood any question, request them to clarify.
Tip #6: Post Interview Follow-up
Many candidates walk out of the interview room, heave a sigh of relief and do nothing about it. But having a post-interview strategy can help you get the job in many ways. Following up not only shows the employer how keen you are, but also displays your confidence and aggressiveness. Most companies like such candidates. Here are some tips for post-interview follow up:
- Ask for a business card and send a ‘Thank You’ mail as a follow-up.
- In your follow-up mail, mention how interesting the meeting was.
- In your follow-up mail, mention how good the opportunity that was presented to you was.
- Make sure you mention the key advantages you could bring to the table.
- Be proactive but do not push through and show over eagerness.
Hope these tips help you succeed in your next interview. Leave your comments if you have any other key tips for interviews. You can also share your interview experiences with us.
All the best for your career!
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