I know! Interviews have never been a cakewalk. Neither for me and I assume nor for you too. The poker-faced interviewers, the pin-drop silence of conference rooms, the suited candidates, fidgeting legs in the waiting room, the very thought of a job interview makes me nervous. Read on to let go off this fear of being impressive in interviews and bag your next job effortlessly.
After a lot of research and some of self experience, I penned down the following 5 points that I think can help you clear your interview rounds without any nervous breakdowns.
- How well you know yourself? : Hold on! Don’t go into deep self-introspection on reading this. You’d already know who you are.
Just understand how vital it is to know every word you put in your resume. Before appearing for any interview, make sure you go through your resume word by word. Make a note of your strengths that you’d like to emphasize on and draw the interviewer’s attention to them. Also, be clear of your weaknesses. There’s nothing like being ‘fairly good’ at a skill. You either know it or not. Know that no one is flawless and don’t even try to act perfect when being interviewed. Be open towards your weaknesses and most importantly show enthusiasm and positive attitude towards working on them to turn them into your strengths.
- Understanding the psyche of the interviewer: This is the most crucial of all. During the initial greetings, try to analyse your interviewer’s personality. Although don’t go into too much judgement. That’s anyway not advisable. Learn whether he/she seems to be calm/energetic/relaxed/angry etc. Try to mould your presence as per his/her mood. For example: If the interviewer seems to be very quiet, don’t enter as a difficult-to-handle bundle of energy. Use your wits here!
At times the interviewers put you in a spot to check how well you can handle the problems at hand. You can be contradicted, appreciated, angered, supported or even mocked for your perceptions and understanding of things. The only way to get through with this is to keep on reminding yourself that this is an interview and you must not get emotionally carried away. Keep your emotions stable. For example, don’t lose your cool if the interviewer contradicts you in an obnoxious manner. Instead, calmly focus on putting your point forward and convincing the interviewer in the most decent and humble way possible. Also, don’t jump up and down on your chair with ecstasy if praised or supported (or even offered the job). Remain poised and emotionally stable.
- I Don’t Know! : Be it that ‘I’ll do anything for this job, Sir!’ smile, your work experience or knowledge, NEVER fake any of it. Even if you’re fired a question you’re totally clueless about, don’t pretend to have heard of it. A simple ‘I don’t know’ is like a lifeguard that can save you from concocting stupid answers and fake impression of sounding intelligent (something you shouldn’t fall prey to). Rather, you can answer that question later by thinking on it enough. Take your time to answer. This assures the interviewer that your answers are genuine and aren’t prepped up. Be honest in your replies. Don’t mould your answers to just say what the interviewer wants to hear from you. However, slight moulding and diplomacy is understandable, but don’t overdo it.
- The Power of body-language: Enough has been already said about dressing up right for the interviews. I won’t repeat those basic points of picking the right subtle shades of shirt or wearing formals that flatter your body-type. I believe you all know how to look your groomed best in an interview. I’d prefer letting you all know how important it is to work on your body language to leave a nice first impression on your interviewers. I read a lot about how to carry your personality during an interview and found this post the most appropriate. You can check this post here .
Some more body language Do’s and Don’ts through which an interviewer will judge you are shown below.
- Know Your Employer: A thorough study of your resume isn’t enough. Make sure you are also well aware of the job role you’re applying for, your employer, their background, how can you be perfect for this job profile, what all skills you possess that can help you in delivering great results in this role. A little research and a dialogue practice with yourself would only help you to be better during the interview. A candidate who has gone through the website of the organization and knows about its products and services is likely to have a head start in the conversation.
Below find some more references to presentation and videos which will help you to clear your interview.
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