How to pass an interview successfully?
The moment you are on the verge of getting your degree, the first thing that strikes is getting a job. Well getting the first job of your life is very crucial. The first job decides your career path in the future. If you get frustrated and give up to anything thinking that you can try for a better one later, then the slope of your career flow graph may get disturbed. So, better be well planned, prepared and selective in picking up the right turn of your career.
Job interview comes at the end of your job seeking process, the former ones being finding the right openings that suit your profile, drafting the CV accordingly, and applying to the selected jobs. Then comes the interview stage. No matter how brilliant you have been in your academics, getting through an interview is a separate thing. It demands a lot of things in addition to your academic percentage. An interview may involve many rounds or stages to shortlist the deserving candidates. Clearing all the rounds successfully needs some tricks and tips along with your performance. So, if too want to come out with flying colours in an interview, check out these tips and guidelines that will help in getting through the various levels of the interview process and bag the offer letter.
What are the interviewers exactly looking for in a candidate?
The panel of interviewers in any company are very smart. They meet hundreds of candidates every day. So, it is very easy for them to judge the candidates from their appearance only. Why not prepare to hit these bull eyes the moment you enter the interview room? Yes! You can. The things you should consider before you step out to face an interview are:
Dressing and appearance: An old saying goes like this-“First impression lasts long.” It perfectly suits here. The first impression you make on the interviewers makes a big difference. Make sure you don’t head on with your Pyjamas. Select a formal pair of clothes (prefer lighter shades), have it washed and ironed properly, and wear it. Use a soothing deodorant or perfume lightly. Don’t forget to pop in a mouth freshener if you have a bad breath problem. Do not use a chewing gum or anything in front of the panel. It shows your carelessness towards your profession. Set your hair decently and polish your shoes that you’re going to wear for the interview.
Body language: The next thing is your body language. The way you enter, walk, talk, and speak, all of it is significant. Confidence is the key to all of it. Incorporate the formal etiquettes with a tint of confidence, not over-confidence, does half the work. Confidence in your attitude shows how you can adapt to the corporate environment. If you look doubtful or behave immaturely, you are going to lose it.
Punctuality: Arriving on right time on the day of the interview itself clears that you value time. Else, it develops a notion that you may be irresponsible towards your duty. So, try to start early and reach on time at the venue. If you get stuck unfortunately into anything and get late, better inform the contact person of your delay.
The answer to the point: Don’t talk vague or bluff by any chance. The interviewers sitting in front of you no dumb. They have seen the world better than you and have handled hordes of students like you in the past. So, better not tend to be over-smart in front of them. Speak aptly and answer to the point. If you don’t know any answer, simply say it instead of manipulating with words and trying to frame any vague reply.
Essentials you need to have on hand when you head on for an interview.
The basic essentials you must carry with yourself when you step out for an interview are:
1. Copy of resume: You might have sent your resume via email while applying for the position, yet is smarter if you carry few copies of your resume when you appear physically for the interview. This is because the panel may have members who have not seen your resume earlier and they do not take print out of the CVs of all the candidates while sitting for the interview. So, they are surely going to ask you for a copy of your resume. The tip here is, do not design your resume copy like an invitation card. It should look professional.
2. Copies of your credentials: Always include photo copies of your academic credentials in your file. You do not know when you may need to show them. Sometimes it happens that you the panels reveal the interview results on the same day, and the HR personnel may ask for your certificates to verify things without delaying stuff. So, better be prepared for it.
3. Identity and passport sized photographs: Identity card is essential whenever you are entering any corporate campus. Your identity is checked by the security at the entrance and then only you are let inside to have your interview. If you do not have an ID card, you might be denied entry into the company’s gate. Passport sized photographs is also required if you get to fill in personal information form. So, do carry these essentials in your file.
Most common interview question and their answers.
The first thing you encounter with is “introduce yourself. Or it may rather come along as “Take me through your resume.” Both are more or less similar in answering. Speak clearly about who you are, your qualification, experiences (if any), and family background in brief. This gives the interviewer a basic idea of your personality.
What are your strengths?
The most common question any interviewer asks is this. Talk about the best things you possess in terms of your skills, passions, or experiences. Select a particular quality you have which can prove beneficial for the post. And, demonstrate how your strength or skill can help you get your work done with ease.
3. Why should we hire you?
Another compulsory sort of question is this one. Here, you must deliberately sell yourself. This is a marketing opportunity for you, so take advantage of it and enumerate all your abilities and skills that project you as fit for the position.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a tricky one. No matter what your future plans are, you need to prove yourself to be visionary here. You must convey the employer that you are going see yourself at the highest possible position in the company. This shows your vision, commitment, and loyalty towards your employer which is essential. Make the interviewers believe that you are going to grow to a better position with your hard work and perseverance.
5. Are you a good team player?
Teamwork is the backbone of the corporate world. One who has the habit of taking sole credit for achieving goals then may find it difficult to survive. If you are good in working with teams and possess good interaction abilities with team members then you can go long way.
6. How much salary do you expect?
Be very wise in answering this. Getting a salary you want is a matter of your selling expertise. Especially, when you are a fresher, negotiating with salary figures is the tough task. But, if you are experienced, then you need to be aware of the market. Find out the average salary range that other companies offer for similar positions and set a salary expectation for yourself below which you won’t be interested in taking up the job. You must not give an exact figure here, but a range that you find work. You may even speak to justify your expected range. And, don’t be stubborn on the figure you give, if you really want the job. This can be better discussed with the HR department.
Once you are through these typical questions, the rest is like a cakewalk. So, roll up your sleeves and set to prepare yourself to give your best at the next interview you face.