noun: interview; plural noun: interviews
a meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation.
synonyms: meeting, discussion, conference, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation
This is the definition of Interview I found online. It says ‘a meeting of people face to face’ which interestingly contrasts the real situation of an interview. Whenever you hear the word ‘Interview’ you trigger an immediate thinking process of how will you answer confidently and what all you should prepare. Unfortunately, as the D-Day arrives and you face the interviewer all the preparations and answers which you literally rehearsed with someone or in front of the mirror begins to fade away or become irrelevant. Anxiety and Nervousness overtakes your Confidence and you start fumbling on the simplest things ever. Every working professional wants to become a warrior and know ways how to kill the monster named ‘INTERVIEW’
Let’s look at some strategically researched points on how to crack an interview
Understanding a job profile is as necessary as you try clothes before you buy them just to see if you fit in perfectly. Make a checklist of your professional and educational background, strengths, qualities, weaknesses and see if this is compatible with the company’s requirements. This will give you a better idea of how to approach the course of Interview.
A CV is a very vital tool for a successful interview. It is like an impressive trailer before the release of a movie. The better and impressive the trailer, the chances of being the movie a blockbuster is sure-shot. Just be careful as whatever you show in the trailer should be there in the actual movie. Bluffing in your CV is the most common mistake people make now-a-days. You need to understand that the most embarrassing moment in your life will be when the organization catches the fabrication in the CV and you have nothing to say, and being a director of a company I can say they do. So, just focus on your strengths and qualities instead of adding up more just to ‘look’ smart
Love at first sight
Always be presentable and dress properly for the interview. Your array of clothes should be comfortable for the profile you are applying for and you both. Wearing flashy accessories and carrying spunky and loud colored haircuts is a big NO as these don’t look professional and also make you casual about the job.
Always study on the subject of your interview. Make yourself confident enough by making a list of the questions you think that may get asked or are important. A great help here, is from friends or people you know of the same designation or industry. If you wield this resource, you will be able to equate 80% of questions during the interview
Slip of Tongue
In the Indian dishes even if you add whole lot of spices together you still need a pinch of salt for the spices to give their taste. The same way even if you posses a great amount of technical expertise and knowledge, you need communication skills to put them through so as they are portrayed properly. Express your ideas with a good conversation and capturing your interviewer in it.
Many recruiters also notice the body language before asking you a question. Body Language includes hand movements, facial expressions, posture, voice intonations and rate of speech. All the things mentioned, should exhibit that they are on the same page, as your hands can’t do a bhangra when you talking about your expectations from the company. Always maintain eye contact while talking as it displays your confidence and etiquettes. Sit straight and do not sag and also sound enthusiastic as you don’t want to bore your HR so he goes to sleep during the interviews
Mind your tongue
It is highly recommended not to get into any kind of argument with your interviewer. You can put your points through and a healthy debate is allowed but you can’t transform into a lawyer and start arguing over what is right and what is wrong. Just keep in mind, that the person sitting in front of you is senior by experience and is qualified to take interviews. So even if your point is justified, it may leave a stain on your image of being adamant
Honesty is the Best Policy after Insurance
Jokes Apart, being honest in the Interview may do wonders for you even if you lack a bit for the current position. If you don’t know any answer you should accept it rather than trying to give half correct answers and making the situation awkward and hitting the PANIC button. This displays that you are honest and flexible and organizations need flexible employees who can cope up with the fast changing business environments these days
Salary, Y u no grow
Salary Negotiation is the most sensitive part of an interview. You need to be ready with realistic figures in this session or else you will make a bad impression that money is your influential factor and you are leaving your current job just for a salary hike. Be prepared beforehand with industry statistics and do not ask more than the ongoing salary hike structure
I am a ‘Complain’ Boy
The second most common mistake people do is start cribbing and badmouthing their current job and company when asked for the ‘reason for leaving your current job’. Instead you can just put forward the reason linked to growth rather than building a heap of complaints of the current organization. Remember, that every candidate gets verified now-a-days, so even if you get selected still your current employer has a BIG role to play in you starting the job and leaving your report card stainless
With all the experience and knowledge, I gave my best to jot down all the points, but if any missed, it will be a pleasure if you can add any more in the comments below