Going to Have an Interview? What Do You Need to Consider?
Going for the job interview is a very good opportunity that you have to represent yourself to the company. Interview is the face to face interaction where you can also solve that queries that you may have. Don’t forget that your interview starts from that day you received the call letter. Preparing for question answer is not just enough as a part of interview preparation. You need to prepare for many things like your file, resume, appearance, body language, etc. A silly mistake that you do can ruin the things. You need to be alert and consider the following points to have a successful job interview.
•Keep your resume ready. Select a professional format as per your choice. Your resume should represent you perfectly.
•You can keep 3 printouts ready with you so that you do not need to run for prints on the urgent requirement. Never take 10 copies. The pages gets yellow gradually. 3 is enough for urgency.
•The paper of your resume should be white and there should not be scratches on the same. Put your resume in file. Never fold your resume.
•Prepare a cover letter-an application through which you apply in specific organization for a particular post. Update the details of the cover letter on the basis of company applying for.
•When you are forwarding your resume to any organization through email, preferably attach a PDF format of your resume so that the formatting do not get affected.
•Select a professional folder or file with proper color in which you can carry the necessary material.
•Arrange your original documents in chronological order.
•Keep print out of resume and call letter in your file.
•You can also add the extracurricular activities’ certificates.
•Keep all documents ready regarding your work experience like, Joining Letter, Experience Certificate, Salary slip, etc.
•Keep one bunch of copy of important original documents like Marksheets, Degree Certificates, Experience Letter, etc.
•Keep one photo ID Proof in your file.
•Keep one notepad or paper and pen in your file so that you can note down the important information in the same.
•Keep 3 passport size photographs ready in your file.
•Select a pair of professional clothes ready. It should be ironed properly. Do not prefer too bright shades for clothes.
•Ware formal shoes/bellies. It should be polished one.
•Keep yourself groomed. Comb your hair properly.
•If you are wearing accessories, make sure that it does not look gaudy.
•Make sure that you are wearing a tie properly.
•Keep one napkin or handkerchief with you.
•Never keep the buttons of your shirt open.
•Do enough research about the company. Know its products and services, history, directors, customers, etc.
•Confirm that you have necessary documents that you need before you leave your home for the interview.
•Check the interview location in advance. If you are at new city, check the map.
•Reach minimum 10-15 minutes early. If you feel that you are going to reach late, inform the company as soon as possible.
•Once you reach the company, inquire at reception by providing the call letter.
•If asked to submit resume, write down date and time on the spot.
•While waiting for your turn you can pass time by reading newspaper or magazine or even you can talk to other candidates but make sure you do not discuss anything that is negative and you do not disturb others.
•When called for the interview, do not run or rush in a hurry. Stay calm and confident.
•Do ask for permission for entering the room.
•Greet the interviewers once you enter the room. Shake your hands properly. Place your file on the table and sit comfortably.
•Give answers confidently. Your words should be clear and audible.
•Follow one language. Preferably English. If you are struggling with English while answering a question, you can use Hindi. It’s better to speak in Hindi instead of not speaking anything at all.
•If you do not know the answer of any question, never lie. It is not expected from you to give every answer correctly. They will judge you on the basis of how you deal with it.
•Keep eye on your body language-Do not play with pen or paper. Do not look here and there. Keep firm eye contact. Use hands effectively. Keep a genuine smile on your face.
•If you cannot listen the question clearly you can ask them to repeat it.
•If you have some question to ask to the company, ask them confidently but ensure that you do not discuss the things that are already discussed.
•Do not commit on anything on the spot if you are not sure about it. You can always ask for the time to think on any point.
•Conclude the interview and thank the interviewers before you leave.
•Arrange your chair properly and close the door of the interview room once you leave.
•Do focus on your positive characteristics and strengths and qualifications for the job. [Don’t criticize yourself.
•Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or professors (or others).
•Don’t treat the interview casually, as if you are just shopping around or doing the interview for practice. This is an insult to the interviewer and to the organization.
•Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
•Don’t allow your cell phone to sound during the interview.
•Don’t take anyone else with you for the interview. You should be mature enough to go alone.
•Be honest and be yourself — your best professional self.
•After the interview, make notes right away so you don’t forget critical details.
•If they asked you to wait outside, inform the same thing at the reception.
•If they asked you to submit any documents, meet the concerned person.
•If they did not give you any information, you can ask at reception and leave the organization if permitted.
•Make sure you understand the employer’s next step in the hiring process
•Ensure that you do not forget anything at the waiting room.
All the best!!!
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