Most Important Interview Tips
Okay. You are done with your Masters. You have the most coveted degree and now you are ready to face the tough challenges of the world. You may feel good about yourself with your educational qualifications and might also feel that you deserve to get your dream job. Of course, you are qualified and you definitely are a deserving candidate but wait, here is some reality check for you. Just like you, there are thousands and millions of equally qualified and deserving candidates out there; all seeking for your dream job. So yes, this is your first challenge in the big, bad world – get yourself the job you always wanted.
Get started with the right basics
Applying for jobs isn’t always a quick thing. For some it may take weeks and months while for others, it may take a lot less time. Patience and proper planning will go a long way in giving you the right head-start on your career path. Begin with drafting a good cover letter and yes, the most perfect CV. We will give you tips on how to do that in the posts to come. But yes, you need to keep in mind that your cover letter and your resume will reach your prospective employer before you do so make sure that they are impressive and accurate. After having sent your resume, you may start receiving calls for interviews. Now, it’s time for you to understand what would make you stand out in the crowd thereby making you successful at the interview.
We have put together some tried and tested tips that will ensure your success at your interviews. So, here we go –
1 Do your research
Before you walk into the interview room, it is important that you understand everything in detail about the company, your prospective employer, the job profile, the HR policy and every other piece of information that you could lay your hands on. The more research you conduct, the better would your answers be to the questions put across during the interview. Considering the fact that internet has made it rather easy for use to get all information we want about anything and everything, your prospective employer would assume that you have done your research and ask you questions accordingly.
2 Review common interview questions and prepare your responses
The next thing for you to do is to check various resources (books, internet, videos etc) and find the most commonly asked interview questions based on your job profile. But wait, that’s not it. Come up with unique and original responses for these questions. Give your time and thought. Your interviewer has heard the common responses and will look for something unique; give him that.
3 Dress well
When you are doing your research on the company you have applied for, pay specific attention to the office culture. This will give you cues on how you should dress for the interview. Choose an appropriate outfit and make sure that you present professionalism. Keep your accessories and jewellery to the minimum and avoid too bright colors.
4 Be on time
As a matter of fact, be present before time. Punctuality is important and it reflects a lot more than just your discipline. It indicates professionalism and your seriousness for the job and your career.
5 Ask your questions
This is another key aspect that will define your confidence and performance at the interview. The interview is not just for your interviewer to check if you are a fit in to their company. It is also for you to understand if you will be able to adapt to the company’s work culture and ethics. So ask your questions but ask insightful and relevant questions.
The above tips might seem to be too obvious but being mindful of these little things will ensure your success!