Congratulations! You aced all the written examinations, and now it’s time for the final battle – The Interview!
Worried how to nail it?
The interview, for many job seekers, is considered as the mountain peak to conquer for landing your dream job. Evaluating a new job offer can be more troublesome if you go without preparations. So, what do you need to overcome your fears and anxiety? Just follow the tips given to you in this article.
An essential thing that we suggest to all the job seekers is to have a positive attitude, calmness, confidence, and a vision that yes you are the right one for this job.
1. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Your Responses
Every interview consists of some basic questions that are interviewer’s favorite and are always asked. These questions, somehow depict a significant part of your persona and have a great impact on your interview. So, make sure you prepare well for such questions. We are telling you some of those questions with tips for giving witty but decent replies to them.
- Tell us about yourself? – Do not go deep into your personal life; interviewers aren’t interested. Tell them about the achievements at your workplace. Do not hesitate to share your failures but make sure to mention what you learned from each one of them. Share your stories in PAR format- The problem, Action, and Result. Further, you can tell them about your hobbies or interests.
- What is your greatest strength? – Try to give a good offer to the employer for this particular quality that sets you apart from the entire crowd. But don’t fake, interviewers are much smarter than you are. Simply discover your strengths and go ahead.
- What is your greatest weakness? – This one needs a witty response. Frame your weakness in such a manner that employer can see a positive impact of your weakness.
- Why should we hire you? – This again is one of the difficult questions that you are surely going to face. Prepare the best response to this question and sell yourself to your dream job.
2. Always have a good first impression
The old saying “First impression is the last impression” is not wrong. Enter the room with a smile on your face. Dress decently. Wear confidence and enthusiasm as your accessories. The interviewer should get a stream of positive vibes as soon as you enter the room. A positive attitude is indeed the best asset they look for in any applicant.
3. Gather the information regarding the hiring manager, the job, and the firm
This step will help you give better responses to their questions. Consult many people who have faced the same interview and collect winning tips from them. It will help you focus more on the part in which the interviewer is interested. Besides this, gather sufficient information about the firm hiring you, so that you do not make a fool of yourself when they ask you certain questions.
4. Dress for Success
You should know how to groom yourself for the interview. Wear formals and all the accessories that will give you a smart and professional look.
5. Know what’s written in your resume/CV
The maximum questions, whether relating to your field or not, are asked from here. So you must know what all you have in it. Besides, all the content should be hundred percent truth.
6. Develop rapport
Try to build a harmonious relationship with the hiring managers. Always make eye contact with them. Listen carefully and respond sincerely. The interview should be a two-way communication.
7. Emphasize more on your good qualities
Throughout the interview, you should make sure that the interviewer sees your positive qualities. If they bombard you with tough questions, don’t hesitate, speak the answer if you know, else apologize for the same. Speak sweetly, smile when required and have a positive body language as well. The interviewer should see in you higher E.Q. that is emotional quotient, great stress handling capacity, your etiquettes. Be as enthusiastic as you can be. Let your personality be your sunshine. But the balance between professionalism and enthusiasm should be well maintained.
8. Ask questions
At the end of the interview, they will surely give you a chance to ask them something. Do not sit dumb at this point. Ask any intelligent questions that might help you end the interview on a positive note. Just as the whole interview process depends very much on the first impression, similarly, the result depends a lot on the last impression. So, end the interview on a positive note by asking a smart question at the end. Every wise word you utter will take you a step forward towards your dream job.
We hope that you will implement these tips in your next interviews and if everything is practiced well, you will surely get the job you always just aspired for. With that, we wish you all the very best for your successful career.
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