The most challenging part that fresher/ graduates / Experiences Candidates are facing today is cracking an interview that lands them into the job. The clouds on tech giants are dooms as they are restructuring themselves with agile and making it leaner for future markets. However, Interviewing may be the most important skill in your job search. It will make your way to grab a premium job with good annual compensation. Hiring managers decide who to hire based on the interviews. Your resume helps you get all and an interview call but to crack it, you need special skills to convince interviewers of your creditability. Often, companies do assist candidates through assessment tests or Reference checks or other means to validate the conclusions of the interviews and make a final decision to offer him/her a job. We know that looking for a job can be one of the most stressful, yet it is exciting, times in your life.
1. Before start preparing for that interview it is key to be self-motivated and confident to perform better in an interview.
2. Many candidates miss the trick by not doing proper research about the companies, their latest updates, and the product/ service they serve. It’s really essential to do the basics study before appearing for a day of an interview.
3. You know you are the best for this role and that is why you have been selected for an interview but to nail in the interview you do need technical knowledge and at the same time, you need to work on your communication and listening part as they will play a major role.
4. Respond to interviews very carefully by listening to them properly and understanding what they are looking for. Often before responding put yourself in the place of the interviewer and find out what he is really looking for from this position and role, accordingly frame your answer.
5. Trust is a crucial indicator and Never ever lies in your resume as well as during interview time. Always remember they are experiences and carry years of experience and your one silly mistake denied you a new job.
6. Many candidates ignore the importance of body language, eye contact, format appearances of you, handshakes with the panel including HR, smile and confidence on face plays a significant role in an interview.
Your interview will start from the moment you are contacted by a company recruiter. So it is always better from the 1st day of interaction till the interview is complete you need to be very smart to create a good impression as a potential candidate and future employee of the company. During this time, ensure you answered their entire query on time via call, message or mail. Also on the day of the interview, make sure you are reaching to the location on time, with a professional look, confidence on your face, importantly politeness during discussion and eye contact.
Everyone has felt the same for the first interview and it’s quite common. More to that you can control it with pre-interview preparation like understanding the job role and preparing it with your key skill set, self-motivated, mock-up preparation with yourself or others, and learning to have a positive conversation with the interviewer.
After appearing for many interviews and guiding my colleagues, and friends for different role positions, not being aware of the answer is common. First, you need to understand that, it is not compulsory that you know everything that the interviewer has asked of you, so better to admit it and move on. Never guess it or make a bluff during an interview because interviewers are smarter and they will catch you very easily. It will reduce your chance to clear an interview.
Yes, it’s sensible to follow up after an interview as soon as an interview is completed by letting the HR/recruiter know by dropping them a message/ mail or a call. Thanks them for this opportunity and showcase your willingness for joining the company based on your selection. Remember, practice and preparation are key to successful interviews. It will mark you as a true professional candidate.
Each interview is a learning experience, so even if you don’t get selected for the next round or a job, use this experience and if possible take feedback from the recruiter about your performance, identify a grey area, and improve it for the next interview.