8 tips for a successful job interview
Know your business
You must have familiarized yourself with the company before applying. After you get the interview call, dig deep into her business. Investigators will expect you to know the company, its products, and the market in which it operates. However, don’t just check out the company’s website. Browse news and independent analyst reports on the company to get a better perspective.
Pay attention to body language
Non-verbal communication during an interview is almost as important as what you say. Panelists will notice if your tone does not match your facial expression or body posture. Leaning back indicates boredom or arrogance. However, leaning forward can be a sign of aggression or even nervousness. It is best to sit up straight, but not in a stiff posture.
Maintain eye contact
Eye contact is crucial and should be as natural as possible. Keeping your head straight shows that you are neutral, but tilting it slightly to one side indicates a positive attitude. Do not face the panel with your head down, which indicates a negative attitude. Also, don’t nod your head too much, it denotes nervousness and a desperate attempt to agree. Crossing your arms implies that you disagree with the interviewer. Keep your hands on your knees or knees, but don’t squeeze them too tightly, indicating that you are tense.
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Focus your attention
Interviewers ask lots of questions, including open ended questions. Don’t get into long answers and try to complete what you say even if the interviewer tries to break your monologue. Keep your responses short, focused, and to the point. It is better to give a concise answer that goes straight to the point than to explain in detail something peripheral.
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Be a good listener
Don’t rush into the conversation. Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying, wait even a second or two to make sure the interviewer doesn’t want to add anything, then respond calmly and slowly. Do not continue to interrupt the speaker for clarification or try to dominate the conversation by being loud and responding the instant the speaker stops.
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Don’t show desperation
Companies are looking for committed employees. Don’t let interviewers think you’re just looking for a job. Convince them that you are looking for a career by fitting into the culture of the company. Let them know that you have researched the company thoroughly. Don’t make the mistake of discussing money and position early on. It’s best to leave it for later, once the basics have been settled.
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Repeat the interview
The biggest challenge for applicants is the lack of exposure to a verbal selection process. For a group discussion, gather a group of friends and practice several simulations of group discussions. For all other interviews, create a question bank from online resources and practice saying the answers aloud in front of a mirror. Do mock interviews with as many people as possible, including family, friends, campus seniors, and more. Practice using a neutral accent and clean English without using colloquial words or swear words. Find out and eliminate repetitive fills in your speech like – “umm”, “ahh”, “you know”.
Ask the right questions
At the end of the interview, a candidate is often asked if he has any questions. Do not waste this opportunity on vague questions or on something that can be easily searched on the Net. Find out what responsibilities you would have to take on, what big plans might come up, and what other things you would be allowed to do.
When the interview is over, send a thank you note to the interviewer. Avoid sending an SMS, as it is considered too informal. An email is a better option. Only, don’t make the note too long. Keep it short and sweet.
Tips for online interviews
Online job interviews aren’t new, but covid has made them necessary. Most companies now conduct interviews online, which not only ensures safety, but also saves them time, effort and money. Here are some tips to keep in mind when interviewing online.
Testing the technology
Interviewers mainly use video conferencing software such as Teams, Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts. Download the required software and familiarize yourself with it beforehand. Laptops and tablets have built-in webcams, but you’ll need to install one if you’re using a desktop computer. You can also use a smartphone, but it is better to use a laptop or desktop. It is a good idea to practice using the technology before the actual interview. Get a friend in a remote location to test the video conferencing so that there are no last minute technical issues.
Get rid of the clutter
A disorganized room and a cluttered environment give the interviewer a bad impression. Your workspace and the environment must be kept clear. Choose a room where you will not be disturbed by anyone during the interview. In addition to being noise-free, the room must have a good wifi connection so that the interview can take place without a hitch. Also make sure that you put your phone on silent and that all alarms are turned off.
Dress for real
Just because interviewers can’t see you completely doesn’t mean you can dress partially. You may need to get up, so wear formal clothes as if you were appearing during a regular in-person interview.
Keep a cheat sheet
A cheat sheet helps formulate answers without confusion or delay. So, keep your CV, cover letter, a list of questions you want to ask, any notes you want to take, as well as relevant organizational information handy.