1. First, Make the “Fit Test”: First and foremost prepare your mind about the role and company you’re willing to apply for, observe whether it suits your skills, career track, professional and personal ambitions, beliefs and experiences. In case, there’s not an option that matches your objectives and culture, then please don’t waste your or anyone else time by simply willing to go for an interview. And that’s a positive sign, since every recruiter desires to employ a person who is passionate about their organization and how eager you are about the post offered to you.
2. Research the Target Company: It is essential to be prepared in advance about the gist of the firm. It is equal to achieving a half success. Idiotically going out for an interview with a fantasy to be hired for the higher post without having a know-how of the company, makes you seem fool out there. It’s not about to have an in-depth knowledge about the firm. It’s about acquiring not much but at least some sound background regarding the firm before stepping out for an interview.
3. Know Your interviewer(s): In the present scenario it’s easy to have a good amount of information about your interviewers. It would just take 40-50 minutes to browse Google, LinkedIn etc, and have an ample knowledge about the recruiter’s profile. This will have a positive impact on the interviewer if you address them with their names and concurrently showcasing them you know about their careers, achievements etc. It’s a sign of showing respect. And if you fail to have a glance at their profile, then it would be marked as disrespect and would have a negative impact on the hiring manager.
4. Arrive On-Time and Professionally Focused: It’s good to be punctual. In case, if you’re not able to find the venue, then arrive one night prior of the interview and make a stay at the hotel. Soft-hearted recruiters will not only compensate your expenses but will also be glad about your contemplation and professional approach. And as the saying goes- a fresh mind is more focused and more poised one.
5. Adjust Your Appearance, Style and Tone: You should be always careful about your appearance and clothing and most importantly your presentation style and also lay great emphasis on the vocabulary you attempt to use. Make use of ordinary words and expressions that are very general in a firm and its industry. Be very much conscious about the former impression you portray when meeting your interviewer for the first time. It will be counted and it will be considered for a long span. It’s preferable to have a genuine smile to every question, a formal hand-shake, a pleasing and translucent voice and a bit eye-contact so as to have an amazing first impression.
6. Know Yourself and The Value You Might be Adding: Before entering into an interview room, you should be very clear about your strengths and weaknesses and the areas where you need to improve yourself. Be very pragmatic and sincere about yourself. Support your points with the explanation and solid examples that would force the recruiter to think as in why you’re “deserving” for this particular role and as in how you’ll be beneficial to them in the short and long run.
7. Anticipate Questions and Possible Areas of Concern: Experienced interviewers will measure your characteristics, your experiences, examples that you put forth, the manner in which you had a word with them and the behavior you carried all-through with respect to their culture, business and management principles, with role they are interviewing for. Note down certain questions, generate answers and even practice some of them with a friend or someone else.
8. Stay Open-Minded, Positive, And Always Engaged: You should stay interested, calm and composed, involved and friendly and broad-minded throughout the conversation. Deem an interview as an occasion to explore and grow. Irrespective of the results. It shouldn’t be one-way communication that is it’s only you explaining and answering the question. Try and establish a dialogue with the interviewer.
9. Be Yourself And Do Not Pretend: Don’t try to be everyone’s sweetheart or pretend what you are not, just to gain a job. Be realistic and honest. It is good to have a knowledge about the organization as mentioned above but don’t make use of hyperbole statements about the company at the cost of your core values and convictions. Enter into the ball room and state different point views. Keep any kind of emotions, politics and any extremist thoughts out of it. It’s possible that after a thorough go-through of the organization and the position you have interest in, might not be in chain as per your expectations or it may happen that the role no longer fit the criteria you expected. Then, it’s advisable to move on.
10. Finish The Interview In Style: And the concluding part of an interview always begins with the candidates asking few smart question to the interviewer. 3-4 question are enough. Make sure that all your related question are equivalently answered. It is your obligatory right. In case you are not able to get a satisfactory answer, then it is likely that you might have lacked some information or you may land up joining an inaccurate firm. However, regardless of the interview, never miss out to articulate your gratitude for the interview and to genuinely say a goodbye.
11. Two More Things Many Candidates Forget About: Primarily, it’s OK if you mail the interviewer and expressing your gratitude again for conducting the interviewing and sparing some time for you and also stating that you would be hoping for a positive reply. Secondly, if you are not selected for the job , you can call-up the concern company and ask for your interview’s feedback. There’s nothing wrong in it. This would give you an opportunity to enhance your performance in the next interview. Have a glance over the improvement areas and try to follow those step by step.