Interview: Our nightmare, our proving point. It is the market place where we sell ourselves. There is always so much fuss going on about it, millions of sites to guide you and confuse you as well.
We in order to impress the interviewer want to convince them that we are born for the job. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t because you underestimate the interviewer and either be over smart or too naïve. So here are few things that we commonly may go wrong at and how to avoid it.
- Dress with a professional touch. Do not over dress or wear too much casual. Show some seriousness in your dressing style. First impressions should always be the best impression.
For girls: Do not wear heavy make-up or accessories
- When the interviewer asks you to say something about yourself, just a brief of what person you are would do, you need not brag about what all you have done from childhood or personal history.
Don’t talk too much. Listen more and answer aptly.
Stick onto basics such as your educational background preferably, your interests, or hobbies which should not include anything inappropriate stuff.
3. Make sure your resume holds the right and clear objective focused on your career aspect or position you are applying for rather than adding ridiculous statements like “looking for an opportunity that uses my talent and skills which helps the firm”
P.s: all firms recruit PR to help the firm.
- When they ask you about your future plans, we all know that this gets a little bizarre when asked for 5-10 years .
Never ever disclose if you have any apart from this job. Usually we want recruiters to know how much goal oriented we are and plan ahead but that might be one of the negative point which may lead to rejection. Any firm looks for employees who work for them in a longer run. Let recruiter know your 2 year plan in the company if necessary. If so let it be catchy.
- When asked about strength and weakness
Do not be highly emotional and say being compassionate, able to empathize with others. You are not looking a theatrical position at Opera. Do not get personal things.
Trusting others easily is the lamest excuse you can ever give. They will think you can’t analyze who is bluffing with you or who is true to you. You must be very smart and decisive with the clients you deal with, also saying that working hard is my weakness, a big NO! You cannot put that as weakness as you have to convey them that you will be ready to work everything in your power. Be honest and smart.
Note: Adding strength which is related to your job and adding weakness that is not related to your position would be an asset.
- Do not sell yourself; at the same time do not be over confident. Be a true employee and show that enthusiasm to work in that company. Prior to the interview do some research about the company you are attending. Give examples of any employees finding better opportunities in the company and how you are looking at the brighter side of the job. Ask some questions regarding the profile. Don’t be desperate.
- Do not stress yourself s much or get scared. The more you fear, the more you stutter. Be confident and relax. You always have to give your best no matter what the result would be. Show them how much you love to work with them.
- If you have a time gap between jobs explain it with a valid reason. Recruiters will be very particular why you were idle. Usually people think by giving a health reason they might get in, but few firms give utmost importance for health conditions. When you resigned or had a change of career, don’t give them a reason of “I don’t know what I was looking for”. Instead of that say that you were interested on the profile and you gave it a shot and you really learned some professional skills from it.
- The toughest thing is negotiating the salary. Always give chance for HR or their representative to tell how much they are ready to pay for the concerned post. You cannot jump on them with your expected CTC. Sometimes you may quote less or you may offend / annoy the recruiter.
Know how much they are willing to offer and then negotiate accordingly.
- Just in case if they put you on hold. Take deep breaths. Reply with a smile. You are going to hear this n number of times at your interview trials…
To sum up , key points to remember in interviews are ..
Well everyone has to know that each interviewer is different and what each firm expects from its employees is different. Their vision and belief is different. Nevertheless, all employers want some basic and definite things like being flexible, better communication and interpersonal skills and mostly the commitment & interest to work for the firm. For more job search tips, have a read here.
All the very best! Bonne chance!
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