How to face interviews

Changing jobs is a common trend in today’s day and age. After an individual gains more than 5 years of experience, she or he eyes a managerial or seniority role in their next company/profile. Yes, they are also eyeing that P.A figure which will help them buy their dream home or car.

However, it is easier said than done. The first criteria is getting that job interview. Once you have landed yourself with one, it is half the battle won.

The second and the most important criteria is to crack the interview and get that offer letter in your email/hands. For many job seekers, facing an interview is a harrowing experience.

Cracking an interview is not everybody’s cup of tea. However, at the end of this article you will learn ways that will help you ace interviews.

1. Nerves? Calm down. You got this.
Candidates get nervous during interview. Yes, there will be other candidates and self-doubt does creep in.

What if they are better than me? What if they come from a better organization than I do? Calm down. You have crossed the first hurdle of getting an interview call. So, you belong in that room as well. Do not look down upon yourself. Being confident in yourself and your abilities is the key.

2. Understand the JD/Company
Majority of job seekers mindlessly apply to positions within their respective industries without reading or asking for the job description. This is where they lose half the plot.

Doing in-depth research is mandatory. Inquire about the job description and the company. Be inquisitive. It is you, who has to crack the interview. Google. Ask friends and family. Ask whoever you can.

The more you know about the company and the job description, higher are your chances of cracking the interview. The interviewer will be impressed and it also delivers the message that you are genuinely interested in the profile.

3. Don’t lie. Not even on your CV.
One must not tell lies. This is the golden rule during an interview. Lying on your CV is also a big no. Please be honest. Lying has never been beneficial. It is a common mistake in today’s world. Organizations conduct background checks and if you are caught, you are never going to get that job. It can even ruin your future because word will spread.

Plus, nobody wants a liar in their team. Think about it. Would you hire a liar? And in case you are currently not holding a job for whatever reason, it is a good idea to take up freelance consulting assignments with SMEs till the time you find one.

4. Punctuality
Always be on time. Reaching late for an interview reflects badly on the candidate. Plus, it is added pressure. It also suggests that you are not serious about the job.

Reaching early shows that you value time. To a certain extent, it shows that you are courteous and respect the other person’s time. Reach 15 minutes early if need be but be punctual.

5. Dress to impress and body language.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,” said designer Rachel Zoe. When you walk in for an interview, everyone is going scan you from top to bottom. So, give them all the right reasons to do it. Your clothes should speak for you.

Grooming one’s self is important. A smart haircut and trimmed beard or a clean shave reflects well.

An erect posture, firm handshake and a light smile while conversing reflects your inner confidence.

6. Listen. Think. Answer smartly.
Once the interview begins, be attentive. Listen to every word that the interviewer is saying. In most cases, the interviewer will first make you comfortable and then start asking you question related to the job profile.

Listen to the question. Think about your answer and speak only when you have figured what you want to say. Keep your answers short and smart. Elaborate only when asked because the interviewer has a set time limit. So, again, answer smartly.

Plus, never get into an argument with the interviewer. You are there for an interview and not a debate.

7. Don’t be egoistic
The main issue experienced candidates have to deal with during an interview not being open to the idea of learning. Yes, you have the experience required but if you are not open to the idea of upgrading yourself, do not expect that offer letter.

The world is constantly changing and you need keep up with the changing times. The interviewer will check whether you are eager to learn with regards to your industry. If you say you are not and you claim to know everything, then don’t expect a call back.

8. Ask for feedback
Once the interview is over, thank the interviewer before leaving the room and request for feedback. This will help you in future interviews and will also leave a positive mark on your profile. Make sure you smile and positively take in the feedback. This will help you gain confidence and help you in your next interview.