- How to make a good impression in interviews?
- How do some students easily get selected in the interviews while others don't?
- If you did not get through an interview, it does NOT mean that you were not capable or qualified enough. You just need to change your approach. But how to do that?
The answers to all these and many other questions have been provided here. Read this article to find out how to give your best performance at the interviews.
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Interviews should not be taken casually, as they are the final and one of the most important phases of hiring process. In fact, preparation for the interview is as important as that for the written-rounds, as it is the final step which decides whether you are going to get through or not! Here are a few points which should be kept in mind while appearing for an interview:
- Research the organisation: Try to find out as much as you can, about the company you are applying for. This proves that you are interested in joining the company. Also you will come to know what their needs are and you will be able to present those skills which are required to get hired.
- Dress Appropriately: The first impression that you make on your interviewers depends on how you dress for the interview. So you need to follow an appropriate and professional dress code.
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- Switch-off your phone: It can prove to be very annoying when your phone starts to ring or even vibrate during the interview. Why take a chance, better switch it off for a while.
- A Smile on the face: Have a smile on your face as you enter the interview room. It not only reflects your confidence, but also creates a pleasant atmosphere. And a good start is very important for a good ending. (Like they say "First impression is the last impression")
- Take Permission: Before entering the room you should essentially take their permission first. It's the basic rule.
- Greet the interviewers: greet the interviewers after entering the room and keep standing. Remember; don’t sit unless you are asked to.
- Be confident: Confidence is an essential virtue which the interviewers want to see in you. However, the fact is that there is hardly a person who doesn't face nervousness or anxiety before an interview. So don't worry if you feel a little anxious. And trust me, as soon as you start the interaction, all your hesitation will be gone. And you will find yourself having a normal conversation like you have with your friends. But try not to make it very casual and have a serious tone while answering the questions.
- Body language: Your body language has an important contribution in making the first impression. Inapt body language can be so much detrimental that it can even diminish the effect of your intelligent replies to the questions being asked. So sit straight in proper posture with minimum possible movements of hands. Avoid holding anything in your hand as it may distract you.
- Eye Contact: It’s very important to maintain an eye contact. It not only reflects your confidence, but also shows credibility in your answers. Sometimes, even if you don’t know the answer or you don’t have a very sound knowledge of the topic, the interviewers can be convinced if the answer is given confidently with a proper eye contact. If there are multiple interviewers, reply making an eye-contact with the one who asked you the question for most of the time, and with others also for brief duration in between.
- Be polite: Sometimes, you might disagree with the interviewers over something. But ensure that you maintain a polite and professional attitude. I've seen so many bright students who go and have useless arguments with the interviewers and ruin their chance of selection.
- Stick to your answers: Sometimes the interviewers deliberately disagree even with your correct answers. But you should understand that they are just checking your confidence. So stick to what you said.
- Be concise: Your answers should be brief but comprehensive. There is no need to start telling a long story for every question you are asked. Otherwise, you might be interrupted in between for the next question. And you certainly are not going to like that. However it should not be very short also, as they might be left unsatisfied/unconvinced with the answer. So a proper balance is required.
- Practice: It is said that “Practice makes a man perfect”. If you want that single day of your interview to be perfect, practice for it in advance. Practice for answering the common interview questions in front of someone, or you can also do it alone in a room. But speak in a natural tone that doesn't show that you have mugged up the answers. The more is the spontaneity, the better convincing it sounds.
- About Yourself: More than 80 % of the interviews start with the question “Tell me about yourself”. And trust me, it may seem like an easy job to talk about yourself, but it’s not exactly what they are expecting from you. It’s not a good idea to start talking casually about random things in your life. In fact it’s an opportunity for you to mention those qualities inside you, and those aspects of your life which can prove to be beneficial for the organisation.
Click here, to read how to answer the question “Tell me about yourself”.
- Be honest: Unless you are very good at lying, try to avoid it. Because the interviewers are competent enough to find out the truth anyway, and once your lies are exposed, you certainly are not going to make a good impression.