15 tips to crack a job interview

blogfreek | August 13, 2017 | 2 | Interview

How well you present yourself is the key of cracking any interview.

Everyone must have been faced the job interviews at different stage of life. An interview can be stressful for someone considering the fact that the person has very limited interview experience.

While each interview is different, there are some general things you need to keep in mind before you appear for it. You must keep in mind some very important points before and while attending a job interview.

TIPS

 

Research the company and get to know the firm:

You must always do some research about your prospective employer firm and the job role for which you are going to be appeared for the interview.

By doing this, you will be able to answer well when interviewers ask you questions like: ‘What do you know about our company?’ ‘What are our products?’ ‘Who are our competitors?’ etc.

This is a very basic mistake which a lot of people make. They are up for the interview but when asked any such question like what do they know about the firm, they don’t have much to say. That’s because they haven’t spent time checking the company’s website and googling its name to check its web presence.Do not make this mistake. Do an in-depth study about the firm on the internet. Check their Wikipedia page if they have one, check their site, google their name, check who the founders are, check what does the company specialize in…all this will ensure that you leave a great impression on the interviewer when he asks what do you know about their firm.

Understand Job Requirement and check whether it is suitable for you:

  • It’s important to understand what is the job profile and whether u fit in the profile or not.
  • Always ask for Job Description before appearing for interview. Identify your strengths & be clear on what kind of candidate organization is looking for. It will help you to decide your approach during course of interview.
  • It’s true that we don’t always know what we want, especially right after college when the primary focus is to land a job. That is okay but going for a job which is aligned to your interests will always shape up a great career for you. So think about it for a moment and decide on the interview you should appear for.

Arrive early at the venue:

Being on time or being punctual is something you should follow and practice in everyday life as it will always help you in the life.

You should reach the interview venue at least fifteen minutes early as it helps you settle down and relax. It also helps you in understanding the process of interview and also eliminate of any possibility of missing your interview in any case.

 

Be Confident and Have the right attitude:

  • Have you ever wondered why a candidate gets the job even when he seemed far less qualified than the job profile required him to be ? Well, the answer is – attitude matters. And he had the right attitude towards the job. He was calm, curious, listened actively and demonstrated his potential to excel in the job, no matter what his qualifications are. That’s what you need to keep in mind too.
  • When you are called inside the interview room, walk straight, with a slight smile on your face.
  • Greet the interviewer by giving a firm handshake.
  • Be Calm, curious, listened actively, look into the eyes of the interviewer and respond to questions asked, as it will make them feel that you are confident about yourself and your answers.
  • Go in the interview room with the mindset that you will come out with an offer letter. Don’t treat it like just another interview.

 

Be Honest and Say “I don’t know,”  if you don’t know the answer:

  • Be upfront and truthful. Don’t try to fake skills or the answer because there are strong chances you will get caught right there. If you are asked a tricky question that you do not know, then simply say, ‘I am sorry, sir, but I do not know the answer to this question.’
  • Believe me, the interviewers are fine if you don’t know the answer, but would not like to listen to any faulty or wrong answers.
  • If you do not know the answer, it is a good idea to tell the interviewer that you can find out the answer.
  • Ask where can you research, who can you ask, etc. to find the answer.

 

Answer to the point:

  • Don’t exaggerate.
  • Listen carefully.
  • To answer correctly, you must first listen to what is being asked.
  • If you are not clear about the question, ask the interviewer to repeat the question

 

Your posture and eye-contact:

  • Your body posture can speak volumes. It is very important to maintain the right body posture. It’s also a part of having the right attitude.
  • Sit straight, leaning slightly forward.
  • Have a constant eye contact with the interviewer. It shows that you are confident and ready to enter the corporate world.
  • Do not lean backward or bend too much forward.
  • Do not play with the pen or your hair.
  • Do not come to the interview with a chewing gum in your mouth.

 

Never Argue with Interviewer: 

It is advisable not to enter into any kind of  argument with Interviewer during interview..Lets accept that the person who is taking the interview has more experience, just listen & don’t argue to justify your point..I am not saying don’t put across your point but put it in a positive manner & don’t argue to justify that your are correct.

 

Resume:

How could I forget one of the most important things in an interview, especially when the applicant is a fresher just out of college. Your resume should clearly reflect what you were and what you are capable of.
A resume which is nicely done gives you an advantage over other candidates.

Here are some great resume writing tips you might want to take a look at.

 

Salary Negotiations: 

Never ever ask for unrealistic salary hikes as it gives impression that you are not serious about the job and just changing the job for money….Kindly do your homework before salary negotiation i.e. with your experience and for the particular job profile what is industry benchmark…For junior and middle management, normal salary hike is in the range of 25% to 40%…Also in some of critical job profiles like treasury in banking you might get very high salary hike.

 

Never badmouth college authorities or previous employers:

  • No matter how much you hated your professors or any previous boss when you did a summer job, make sure you don’t tell that to the interviewer. This is when not being truthful is better. You don’t have to sing songs in their praise, just speak well of them.
  • By asking such questions, the interviewer will try to judge how comfortable you are under authority. That’s because you’ll have a boss at the job. So badmouthing your college authorities could leave a negative impression on him.

 

Begging for job:

Emotional blackmails might work on some interviewers and you might get the job on the grounds of sympathy, but I’d say the chances are 1 in 100. You beg for the job and you lose the respect of the interviewer. It’s very hard to try any other trick on him after that. So don’t plead for the job. You would get it if you prove that you deserve it. Not by any other way.

 

Don’t try to retrofit yourself to the role :

One thing people do is ask for the role and declare themselves as the right fit for the role. Many people tend to do this across functions and levels, usually because of their anxiety. It is not for the candidate to ask about the role and then prove they are the right person for the job.

The expectation from the candidate is to present a clear picture of their adaptability and core competency and leave rest on the interviewer.

 

Ask for feedback at the end of Interview: 

Before the interview closes, ask for feedback from interviewer irrespective how your interview went..It gives very positive impression about candidate…Organization feel that candidate has positive attitude & is willing to accept feedback

 

Conclude the interview on a positive note:

Thank the interviewer for his/her time and ask them any further information that you need to know about the company, like their work culture, on-boarding process, etc.

 

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