A Job Interview for most of us is a nerve wrecking experience. The first word that comes to your mind when we say the term ‘Interview’ is Resume / Curriculum Vitae. Some get theirs cleared at the very first short but some of us struggle. After a lot of trial & error you settle for the job that comes your way. I have have been acquainted with a lot of MNC’s and I have cleared all my interviews at the very first shot. Would you like to know how? You are in the right place. In this blog I am going to talk to you about what you should do before , during and after the interview.
Before Interview – Do’s & Don’s
1. Outfits for Job Interview
What you wear for an interview plays an important role for the impression you create.
What to wear (Women):
Choose close collared kurta’s with straight pants, a solid blouse and a trouser, collared shirt with a trouser and pair with a pair of closed footwear
What not to wear: Jeans, Blingy outfits, revealing clothes , t-shirts
What to wear (Men):
Choose a light-coloured shirt with formal trouser and pair with either a pair of loafer or formal shoes
What not to wear: Accent coloured shirts, t-shirts, sports shoes, sandals
2. Resume / Cover Letter for Interview
Make sure that your resume has not been copied from any site from the internet. Keep it simple and to the point. Make sure you have the below items in the following order.
- Objective: Make sure that you write your own objective and what you bring to the organization
- Education: Start with the most recent education to the oldest one
- Experience: Mention your experience, again in the chronological order with the latest first if you have any (Internship can be added here)
- Skills: Mention your key skills relevant for that particular role
- Certifications: Add your certifications (If any)
- Project level Experience: Mention your client name and what technology/ domain you were working for (This section is for experienced professionals only)
[Note: Passport size photograph to be added only if mentioned and only pictures with formal attire professionally clicked are to be attached]
3. File your documents
Invest in a folder or a file and take additional photocopies of your ID, updated Resume / Cover Letter, Marksheets, Experience Letters 2 days before the interview.
4. Groom yourself appropriately
How you have groomed yourself talks about how well you would give importance to your job.
Grooming for Men: Stick to the clean-shaved look if do not prefer a beard; If you have a beard, trim it neat and clean. Also, make sure your hair is neat and trimmed. Do not forget to take a shower and use a deodorant before stepping out of your house. Avoid applying too much hair products and stay away from hair-oil.
Grooming for Women: Stick to minimal makeup. Go for a hairstyle with less accessories. Stick to a straight look with hair away from your face or a stiff pony-tail. Avoid strong perfumes and stay away from accessories which makes noise (Bangles, Anklets). Wash your hair one day prior to the day of the interview to save time.
5. Brush up on your Hard & Soft Skills
Unlike experienced professionals, the freshers out there should prepare for this part 2 weeks prior to your Job Interview. Brush up on your aptitude skills, logical reasoning skills, Communication Skills (relevant for your GD & HR round).
6. Arrive early to the venue
Plan your travel one day prior. Google how long will it take for you to reach the venue and plan your transportation accordingly. Schedule your cab the day before to avoid last minute hassles. Make sure that you reach half an hour prior to the scheduled time to avoid any form of stress.
Start your day either with a fitness routine or meditate at least half an hour, to have a healthy and clear mind.
During the Interview
8. Body Language for Interview
Always be aware that everything right from the moment you enter the interview room till you exit the room counts. The interviewer would be able to interpret whether you are a sloppy person, whether you are confident person, whether you are the right fit for the job – with the way you open the door, shake your hands and pull a chair and sit down. Which will hardly take 3 – 30 seconds.
9. Greet the interviewer
Always greet the person you talk to. Be it ‘Good Morning / Good Noon’. Ask permission before you enter the room and before you sit down.
10. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer
Be cautious as to where your eyes are. Do not look down or elsewhere when the interviewer is asking a question.
11. Stick to a professional communication
Refrain from using colloquial language. Adhere to business communication.
12. Mobile Etiquette
Put your mobile phones in either silent mode or airplane mode. Refrain from taking calls in the mid of the interview.
13. Respond swift and smart
Be honest with your answers. Be upfront if you do not know the answer to the question and reply in a polite way. Tell the interviewer that you will definitely learn the answer to it in the future. Keep it to the rules of ‘KISS’ – Keep it short and simple
After the Interview
Thank the interviewer before leaving the room
15. Ask Questions
Ask the interviewer how you performed and what are the areas of improvement. Ask about the job and what is the project you might be working for. This shows that you are interested in the job and your commitment towards the role
- Tell me about yourself
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years ?
- Why our company ?
- Do you categorize yourself as a team player / team leader ? Why
All you have to do is to get to your interview location and attend the interview to get your offer letter in your hand. I hope the above tips will help you clear your interview in the first shot.
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