When last we talked, we discussed the importance of choosing the right career and how to go about it. We are going to talk about interviews, preparing for them, and why preparing for them is key. We will also be looking at some basics when it comes to tackling the questions the interviewer might ask and, how to act in the interview.
Whatever the job you may be applying for, we at KaryaMitr.com have identified one of the biggest hurdles for a job candidate.
Often, despite their abilities and skills, and even after having good communication skills, people tend to fail in interviews. Even more often, candidates fail to strike a chord with the interviewer. So, what can you do about this?
Generally, how another person feels about you is not in your hands. Even in an interview, if you and the interviewer fail to strike a chord, you might think that it is not something you can control.
YOU MIGHT BE WRONG.
Yes, you read that right. You might be wrong if you think you cannot change how a person sees you. There are various things you have to look at. Let us go through them step by step.
Before you actually present yourself for an interview, you should make it a point to prepare fully. We at Karyapedia https://www.karyamitr.com/karyapedia have come up with four basic things a candidate should look into for their interview preparation-
Apart from these steps, many recruiters prefer to do a phone interview before the actual interview. This phone interview is a great chance for a candidate to learn more about what the employer is looking for, and even what will be expected of them in the actual interview. A smart candidate asks nearly as many questions as the recruiter.
Edith Head, an Academy Award Costume Designer, once described dressing properly as a way to achieve what you want to.
Now, to clarify, what this means is that you should dress properly. One should never take this as a quote which advises you to dress fancy.
Dress for the job you want. It means if you are going for an interview with a start-up which is known to have a casual work environment, dress casual, but not completely. Never make the mistake of overdressing or underdressing for an interview. If the job description calls for it, wear a three-piece suit, otherwise go simple.
A simple dressing pattern that I believe suits nearly any interview is a crisp, ironed, solid shirt and trousers with polished shoes. Remember, Oxfords are the perfect shoes to wear for almost any occasion.
To understand how you should dress for the interview, try to get into contact with the interviewer before-hand, or just ask during the phone interview. Also, researching the employer and their work culture is always useful.
First things first, make sure you get to the interview location at least 15 minutes before the specified time. Once you get there, check your appearance quickly.
While waiting for your appointment, if possible, try to socialise with the other candidates. Although, it is important to note that you should not, at any time, compare your qualifications with other candidates. At an interview, there are always candidates who are wildly overqualified for the job. Their qualifications will not guarantee them a job and, comparing yourself with them will just make you nervous.
Once your appointment comes, make sure you follow basic professional courtesies like knocking on the door, asking for permission to enter and sit and stuff like that.
Basic decencies like, “Good morning”, “How are you?”, “Thank you” and “Have a nice day” go a long way.
While answering the interviewer's questions, make sure you do not panic if you give a wrong answer. Often these questions are meant to stump candidates and see how they perform under pressure.
Keep your answers to the point and honest. Honesty is really the best policy when it comes to a job interview.
As always, head over to KaryaMitr.com and check out the jobs posted. Maybe you will find your calling. And, look for this section because in the next segment we will be discussing interviews again, with an emphasis on the actual interview.