How to face an interview

How to face an interview

how to face an interview
Facing an interview

 

Here we discuss, how to prepare yourself for an interview.
Despite such differences in the personality of interviewers. The following suggestions and tips can be useful for most job interviews.
1. Be punctual and fresh
It would be a poor first impression if you are not in time for the interviewers. Program your travel plans such that you take care of travel delays and get sufficient rest and time to refresh and dress properly for the interview. Be at the venue at least fifteen minutes before the interview. Plan to go to an interview with a fresh mind.
2. Be dressed for success
It is through proper clothes and good grooming that you make the first visual impression on others. Though choice of dress vary with people’s taste, it is generally advisable to dress smartly but moderately in a style acceptable for the job. A smart and well-groomed person will exude an image of thoroughness, high personal standards and efficiency.
3. Entering the interview room
If the interviewer has not already asked you to take your seat. Saying May I come in sirs?. If permitted Prior by to the entry, adjust your dress and touch up on your appearance, before entering, inquire on sirs , close the door softly behind you and walk in smartly with confidence towards your chair. Face the interview panel confidently and say, Good morning/after.Please remember that during the first few minutes you can strongly influence the interviewers assessment of you. Hence the first impression that you give in interview is very important.
4. Be warm and responsive
Your greeting of the interviewer should be warm, friendly and confident. Make immediate eye contact with the interviewer. You may feel anxious but remember that the interviewer is after all trying to find a suitable person for a job in his organization and it is up to you to convince his that you are the suitable person. It offers you a challenge to communicate on this aspect and try to be as enthusiastic as possible about the opportunity. Try to maintain eye contact and a cheerful disposition right through the interview. It shows self-confidence, enthusiasm and greatly enhance the personal impact.
5. Be poised
Your posture during the interview adds or diminishes to your personality. Sit erect with hands kept under the table to be used only when emphasizing a point or to illustrate through writing. Avoid mannerisms like playing with your tie, button or shaking legs, etc.
6. Follow the interviewers lead
Interviewers differ make a bad impression if you try to take over. Follow the interviewers lead in answering question.
But ,if you are clever and tactful, you can focus the interview to topics in which you are strong and projects you in a better light.
7. Be a good listener
It is imperative for you to listen carefully to the question being asked. If a question is not clear, seek clarification in a polite way. Seeking clarification is far better than giving an irrelevant answer.
Watch for the verbal and non-verbalclues that come your way.
8. Sell yourself
There is no better advice that can be given to you than this. You already know that the interviewer wants to make a judgment of what kind of person you are. Help him do so a positive way by volunteering positive information about you in a brief and lucid way.
Like a Good salesman , stress your positive features and downplay your negative featurs. The objective even when discussing should be to minimize then or turn them to your advantage.
9. Volunteer information
Fill-in any gaps that may be left in your application or bio-date. Facts are not enough. Interviewers will be impressed by any information that demonstrates your mental alertness, enthusiasm, motivation and dedication. They get this information from the way you talk about things as much as form the specific details you discuss. As you volunteer information, try to make certain that the interviewer understands how it makes you ideally qualified and suitable for the job. In other words, be rather pointed in your answers how you are exceptional in some important ways. If you have somethings unique to offer, self it.
10. Be assertive
Assertiveness is the ability to express your feelings honestly and to take charge of your right responsibly. It is typified by a healthy self-respect, confidence and a general good feeling about you. Perhaps, one way of describing assertiveness is to contrast it with non-assertive and aggressive behavior. Non-aggressive behavior is characterized by self-denial, inhibition and anxiousness. Aggressive behavior, on the other hand, is characterized by being very expressive and self-enhancing at the expense of others. In contrast to the above two extremes, assertive behavior is a way of selling yourself on your own merits. It displays good self-assessment and confidence as also a respect for the rights of other- two things that are highly valued in interpersonal relations.
11. Be frank and honest
In order to sell yourself, you should not lie distort your answers. Remember that no one is expected to know all the answers. If you do not know the answer to a question, it is better to knowledge that you do not know it, rather than try to bluff your way thought it. Interviewers are likely to take a stance of grilling a candidate if they suspect him of lying. You will often find yourself being interviewed from different angle to access certain qualities and sometime by several individuals within the same organization. Keep your answers consistent. Comparisons will invariably be made and inconsistencies that are discovered will not be to your advantage.
12. Control your own behavior
Suppose an interviewer asks you a question that you consider in appropriate, how should you respond? Of course, no one can force you to answer any question and you can evade it are refuse to answer it. However, this is not likely to make a favorable impression on most interviewers. Also, it is unwise to react to the interviewer lest he becomes hostile. There is a third alternative; Answer an inappropriate question carefully, unemotionally, and in a straight-forward manner. This will demonstrate your emotional stability.
13. Humor
A little humor or wit thrown into the discussion occasionally enables the interviewers to look at the pleasant side of your personality. But if you are bed at wit, better to refrain from it.
14. Void slang

Present day youth use slang as an integral part of their daily communication. However, during an interview slang will not probably be understood and certainly not appreciated. Your communication must be as formal and explicit as possible.

15. Be well-mannered
The way you conduct yourself reflects your upbringing and your culture. Phrases in your conversation such as “yes please”, “thank you”, “I beg your pardon “etc. Shows polish and good heritage. it is always good to project an air of humility rather than arrogance . Good manners and etiquette enhances your personality.
16. Loyalty
Any organization gives a high value for loyalty. Very often the company’s valuable assets or confidential information would be in your hands. An organization likes to feel secure when hiring you. A common question asked by interviewers to judge this quality is why you left or plans to leave your last or present organization. Never speak against your last or present organization. The manner in which you uphold your organization gives the assurance to the interviewer that you would do the same if you were selected past organization gives the assurance to the interviewer that you would do same if you were selected for their organization.
17. Do not break confidence or deal in character assassination
In either case, you will be demonstrating lack of personal integrity that might lose you the respect of the interviewer. If you will do it to others, there is a risk that you might do it in your new job too. You will be viewed as having a more profession and healthy outlook if you avoid these two errors.
18. Know your worth
A little prior inquiry and effort will tell you what the average salaries are for particular jobs. Most of the job descriptions give ranges of pay. It is generally not advisable to bring up the subject of money in a pre-screening interview unless the interviewer mentions it. However, it is very necessary issue in any final in- depth interview. At the beginning of your career there is very little scope for bargaining, especially in our country where there is excess of manpower and shortage of jobs. However, if you are sure of your worth, don’t undersell yourself or accept underemployment final in- depth interview. At the beginning of your career there is very little scope for bargaining, especially in our country where there is excess of manpower and shortage of jobs. However, if you are sure of your worth, don’t undersell yourself or accept underemployment.
19. Interviewer fatigue
Most of the time interview panels conduct interviews the whole days. In such cases, attention starts declining as lunch-time approaches and also towards closing-time in the evening. During this decline in attention and alertness the interviewers are falling short of questions, want some lightheartedness to keep them going and are suddenly time conscious. Should you be unfortunate to have your interview during this declining period, there is a possibility of their making an assessment of you on too little information. If is, therefore, imperative for you to be aware of the situation and take initiative in offering information about yourself which is likely to project you in the proper perspective.
20. Ask good questions
If you listen well to the interviewer, you can pick up information that needs clarification through questioning. Generally, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. Go to the interview with good question about the company and the job. It is up to you to determine whether you fit into the job and whether you want it or not. Questions regarding the job and the organization, working conditions, career growth prospects, working relationship, etc., show your keenness and maturity relation to the job.
21. Don’t be over-anxious about the result
You might like an immediate feedback on your interview but resist the temptation to ask ;how did I perform?, May I know the result?. Interviewers need time to analyses, consult others on the interview panel before taking decisions. Also, there may be procedures to be followed before letting you know the result.
22. Ending the interview
The way you conclude an interview can be as vital as the main interview.This moment is the last impression that you leave with interview panel prior to their post-interview discussion and talking.Try to end your interview on a sparkling note.
Finally, thank the interviewer and then rise and wish them the time of the day, maintaining eye contact and a pleasant smile. Offer a handshake only if the interviewer dose so first. Walk out gently and confidently from the interview room and shut the door softly behind you. It is prudent to wait for sometime at the Interview office if as an after-thought the interviewers want to clarify anything further from you.

Common short-comings of interviewees

Finally, it is educative to know about the common shortcomings and some of the most frequent complaints about interviewees:

a) Poor communication

Lack communication skills: are evasive; do not answer questions directly; give rambling responses; talk too little; talk too much; are nervous.

b) Ill-Prepared for the interview

Have no information about the company or the job; have no questions to ask; have no interview preparation etc., training.

c) Vague interests

Lack career goals; do not know what they want.

d) Lack motivation

Lack enthusiasm; are apathetic; lack interest; do not sell self; are too agreeable.

e) Unrealistic expectations

Lack flexibility: too concerned with salary; possess attitude of what you can do for me?; are immature.

Post-interview retrospect

It will be a useful habit to reflect and recapitulate the entire interview the same day and to note down all the questions asked by the interviewers as also your answer. Analyze and make a note of your positive and negative aspects of your performance. This exercise helps you to self-evaluate your performance objectively and give you direction for correct responses in future interviews similar jottings form other interviews will give you an idea of the Pattern of questions generally asked in the interviews and this would give you greater confidence to face future interviews and to better in them.

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