Being Ready For That All Important Interview!
When you are just out of college, perhaps the only thing on your mind is to get a job, which will bring in the big bucks and allow you to grow in life. However, there are many people who are not even aware of how they should attend a job interview.
There are actually three parts to acing a job interview – the before, the during and the after. Should you take care of each step, there is no reason why you should not be able to ace your very first interview.
- It is crucial that you have a more than basic knowledge of the company you are applying to. Knowing important facts about the company as well as the position that you are applying for, will project you in a good light.
- Try to think of questions that you might be asked and prepare well for those. Questions could include why you want to join this particular company, how you would take the company to greater heights and even how well you will be able to work with an existing team.
- If possible, practice an interview session with a friend, because this will give you an idea of how things might be in the real process. Practice your posture and what kind of voice modulations you will have.
- It is also important that you pick out your clothes in advance. Choose wisely, because clothes do make a very strong first impression. Normally, you are expected to dress up formally for interviews, and it would be wise to wear colours that are not too bright. Men should team light coloured shirts with dark coloured pants and formal shoes. Women can wear darker coloured suits or opt for the same combinations as men.
- Accessories should be kept to a minimal – men should stick to a simple watch and women should remove all unnecessary jewellery. It is best that women wear a simple chain, a small earring or stud and a watch.
- On the day of the breakfast, make sure you wake up well and advance and take a bath. Looking clean is just as important as wearing the right clothes. Make sure you wear deodorant, as opposed to cologne or perfume, which might have stronger smells.
- Have a proper breakfast and make sure that you brush your teeth, before you leave home.
- It is just as important to reach the venue well before time, because neither do you want to be late, nor should you enter the interview room, looking rushed.
- Make sure your phone is either switched off or in silent mode. Even while you are waiting for your turn, it is best that you keep your phone away, as it can indicate a certain amount of disinterest. Carry a book or the day’s newspaper with you.
- When you enter the room, have a smile on your face and confidence in your stride. Address everyone with a smile and maintain eye contact when addressing the members of the panel.
- Honesty and precision are very important – so, if you are not sure on how to answer a certain question, admit the same. In addition, keep your answers short and to the point.
- Try to be yourself as much as possible, because the more you try to pretend, the more obvious it will be to the panel.
Once the interview is done, remember to thank everyone and keep your posture straight and smile in place. If you have not been told whether you will be contacted later or not, you can ask about the same.