Got an interview for your dream job? Read this article and learn how you can nail any interview out there.
Once you’re done with your UG/PG, it’s time to set your eyes on your dream job. But interviews can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience.
Here are some basic tips that will bolster your chances of being selected and perform better.
1. Research the Company - Firstly, learn as much as possible about the company. For example, its history, vision and business objectives. This is the first step you should take towards preparing for an interview. By doing so, you will be able to confidently answer questions about the company and the job role, which will show that you are enthusiastic about being a part of their company. This is something that your potential employers will love.
2. Be Punctual - Don’t be late for the interview, as it can be very detrimental to your first impression. Well begun is half done, arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Most people get rejected even before they attend the interview, so have your route and method of travel well-planned.
3. Be calm and exude confidence - The first thing to keep in mind is how well you perform in an interview ultimately depends on how you present yourself. No matter how anxious and nervous you are, always appear confident. Being anxious conveys that you will be unable to handle work pressure. Self-confidence is one trait that can help you achieve anything in life, and that includes cracking your dream interview.
4. Be well-dressed - This is one of the most underrated advice that exists. A tip to create a great first impression, dress to impress. Wear crisply ironed clothes that are tailored to fit. Wear clean attire and put on a good cologne. But don’t overdress. Dress appropriately depending on whether it is a startup, medium-sized company or MNC.
5. Brush Up on The Basics - It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresher or an experienced professional, you can surely expect certain textbook questions that will test your knowledge.
6. Analyze the job description - Read the job description carefully and align your answer according to the requirement. Know the key focus areas of the job requirement and this might tilt the scale for you. Also, speak about how you can benefit them in the long run and how your skills can expertise fit in their requirement.
7. Have a USP - As a potential employee, you need to have something unique that sets you apart from the others. Whether it is your skills, confidence, talent or hard-working nature is up-to you. If you don’t intrigue them, remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea and someone else will take your dream job.
8. Think of interesting answers to common questions - Have an interesting answer to common questions like “why should I hire you?”, “tell me about yourself”, “Why should we choose you”, and “What are your strengths and weaknesses” . Tell your story in less than 60 seconds and avoid talking about the job, tell them something about yourself that isn’t there in your resume. Also make a list of such potential questions and prepare for them in advance.
9. Answer to the point - Good communication skills can go a long way in impressing the interviewer. Don’t digress from the question, only answer as much as you know. And if you don’t know the answer to the question, be honest and accept it. This creates a good impression and shows a willingness to accept and learn. Also, maintain clarity in speech, take your time and speak slowly.
10. Conclude the interview on a positive note - Lastly, conclude the interview on a positive note. Thank the interviewer and ask for feedback, no matter how the interview goes. This will show your interest in the job and positive attitude.
Follow these above advice to have the best chance of cracking any interview. Always remember, most of the interviews depend on how confident you are, what value you will bring to the company and most importantly how well you present yourself.