the interview and winning!
the interview is a very difficult proposition for anybody Ė most
people are nervous when attending an interview. Here are a few
tips to help you feel and appear confident and avoid common mistakes...
for the interview
appropriately in simple, comfortable clothes that reflect your
wearing new shoes (squeaking noises) and do practice wearing
punctual Ė donít be late or even too early.
up about the company, what business they are into, growth trends,
your own resume - be sure that you donít have to look into your
resume to recall details during the interview
extra copies of your resume and testimonials Ė you never know
when you may need them.
sure you know the full name and designation of the person interviewing
your references ready
to make a note of your previous or current salary with all its
a good first impression
the interviewer(s) cheerfully and with a smile
firm handshake is an indicator of how you are feeling. If you
are a lady, then some male employers might not make the first
move, but go ahead and initiate the handshake
till you are asked to sit down
the person in the eye
not appear too nervous or overconfident. Your body language
usually conveys more than what you are saying. Don't slouch
or lean forward too much.
to curb nervous mannerisms eg. fidgeting or biting your finger.]
comfortable, confident and interested in securing the job
Be positive and confident - and the job is yours!
the interview with a pleasant smile.
remember to give a firm handshake. If there are women in your
interview panel, wait for the other person to extend the hand
while shaking hands.
carefully to what the interviewer is saying
on what you can contribute to the organisation.
that the employer is in control of the interview
be too long-winded Ė say what you want to convey in crisp sentences
and use terms that would convey your job & achievements.
your sentences - donít answer just yes or no
you donít know can be learned Ė tell them if you don't know
something. But give instances of how quick a learner you are.
not boast. People on the other side are shrewd and can generally
see through you. At the same time talk about achievements giving
due credit to others.
talking about yourself and your aspirations, do not sound vague
or do not say that you don't know something. You should be very
clear and precise about what you want to do, where you want
to go etc.
you donít understand a question, ask for clarification, donít
talk about your personal problems, why you need the job etc
get personal Ė even if you know the interviewer personally
be overconfident or too nervous
badmouth your previous employer - you could do the same in the
case of the prospective customer
complain about politics, a bad boss or a poor salary - your
reasons for change should be higher responsibilities, location
the interviewer is interrupted during the course of the interview,
donít pick up papers on his/her desk and read them
ask about salary before the offer is made
a balance between what you actually are and what you want to
be Ė donít paint a picture of yourself as somebody who is not
concerned about money, social status etc.
be in a hurry to complete the interview
questions at the end of the interview Ė it could be about the
company, the job or the next stage of the interview process.
It will be an indicator of your interest in the position
a thank-you letter Ė outlining your interest in the job and
why you are qualified for it.