Do you have a job interview coming up? Are you feeling anxious how to improve from last experience? Or do you just want to know the essential tips for an interview? Then this post will help you. Read on.
We all get anxious when it comes to facing an interview panel for a job or for a scholarship. But it is one of the most important hurdles that we all have to face to get that job or that scholarship.
In this post, we will talk about how to ace the personal interview. I am going to talk about certain key ‘do’s and don’ts of an interview. If you follow them then I am sure you will ace the next interview you have.
The Do’s and Don’ts of An Interview
The Essential Do’s for an Interview
First, let’s talk about the essential things that you should do for the interview.
Projection of Confidence
The first and foremost is the projection of confidence through non-verbal measures. This means positive hand gestures while you speak, having a smile on your face as you face the interview panel and no fidgety movements of the feet or the hands.
The purpose of this that any fidgety movements are a sign of under-confidence and nervousness, which the interviewers will quickly pick up and can harm your chances.
A Proper Dress
How to dress for the interview? These days many get confused on what dress to wear before the interview. Due to the rise of casual attire in the workplace, many feel comfortable coming in casuals to the interview.
But it is recommended that dress according to the job profile. If it is a high-ranking profile, then go for conservative, that is suit-up! As that would mean you’re serious for the job. If the interview is for a scholarship, then dress up formally.
If in certain circumstances, the workplace is known for liberal culture, then you can think of wearing something casual but not too casual. Remember, a good first impression can go a long way in an interview.
Use Appropriate Language
Whenever you are asked a question in the interview, do not use negative or inappropriate language. Rather focus on the right way to answer the questions. For example, if you don’t know how to answer a particular question then say I will look at that particular issue and get back to you. That will show your interest in an issue that you didn’t know about.
Apart from that, be respectful and cordial during your answers. Even if things may be getting a bit hostile in there keep your calm and answers in a calm manner.
Answering Questions Carefully
While answering questions, take your time. When you hear a question take a few seconds to process what exactly has been asked and then respond carefully. As each word matters in an interview.
Don’t jump to answering questions as that is a sign of impatience. So, just stay calm, listen to a question carefully and then answer carefully.
Practicing Expected Questions
While you may not know what are the exact questions will come in the whole interview. But there are some questions that are asked in almost all interviews. For example, ‘Tell us about yourself’, or ‘Why this company?’ or ‘why should we choose you?’.
These are some of the examples of expected questions that come in interviews. You must prepare them beforehand. By preparing I mean make bullet points and rehearse in front of your friends in order to get feedback.
Suppose if you are asked about a sensitive question asking about your interview on it. Now, this is a tricky situation to be in and its intentionally used by the interviewee to test you. The best way is to give a flexible answer by giving both sides of the issue.
For example, if you were asked about your opinion on the issue say me too movement, you should try to give arguments for and against. This would show that you are aware of both sides of the issue.
The Essential DON’TS of an Interview
Now, that we have learned about some essential do’s, lets’ focus on things you should not do in an interview.
Don’t Talk Too Much or Try to Dominate
Earlier, we mentioned to talk carefully and use appropriate language. Now, you don’t want to overdo it as well. Do not talk too much and give long answers where the panel may get bored or lose interest.
The idea is to balance the answers and speak for the right amount of time. Ideally, you should not stretch beyond a minute while giving answers as you don’t want to turn it into a monologue.
Don’t be Too Familiar
Another thing you should avoid is to try to behave too friendly. Don’t go in shaking hands with the panel and being all chummy. Remember, this is a professional interview and your future or your scholarship depends on it, so keep it casual.
Don’t be Overconfident
Its good to be confident but you shouldn’t be overconfident. As that would give the impression that you are taking the interview way too lax and feel that you are already qualified. So be confident but not too confident.
Don’t Freeze Up
Also, don’t get too nervous and freeze up and become a zombie in front of the panel. It can happen, I know it from personal experience. So, if you feel that you are about to get a freeze attack then take a deep breath and relax and take a sip of water and begin again.
Don’t Bad Mouth Ex-Employers
In case if your shifting from one firm to another, then do not at all cost bad mouth your previous firm or your ex-employer. It comes as very negative and rude and can harm your prospects in the interview.
If it is asked that what happened in the previous workplace, give a simple and diplomatic answer. For example, just say ‘the company’s vision didn’t’ match yours’ or something on those lines.
Well, the next time you go for an interview, be sure to keep these essential tips in mind and try to do your best! Till then, cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!