HOW TO PREPARE FOR JOB INTERVIEWS – TOP 10 TIPS:
Did you get an interview call for your dream job and you are nervous about how the personal interview would go? Well, there is a big reason to be worried because even the best and the most deserving candidate can lose the golden opportunity, if an interview does not prove to be as killer as it should be. If you are well prepared for an interview, you are almost there. The interview is the best chance to show your capabilities and leave an everlasting impression on the interviewers so much so that they are forced to hire you.
So, here I bring an end to all your worries with this post of mine that includes some very useful tips for getting prepared for a job interview.
- Research work: The most important thing before going for an interview is to research about the company and the post you are applying for. You should have complete knowledge about the company, the challenges faced by the company, their strength, their growth in the past years and so on. The interviewers would be impressed by the fact that they do not need to give you a complete overview of the company and it will also be easy for you to answer questions like ‘How can you help us to face our challenges?’ Also do not forget to carry a professional CV or resume.
- Dress elegantly: Women often are found busy adjusting their clothes during the interview process. Please, for heaven sake, dress yourself in something very comfortable yet elegant. Sari or dupatta that keeps sliding off your shoulder is a complete ‘No’. Choose something in cotton that is easy to drape and is non-slippery. If you want to wear a saree or salwar- kameez, use safety pins to keep the drape, pleats or dupatta in place. No shiny material please. Colours should also be decent. Don’t wear a strong perfume or chunky jewellery. Very high heels should also be avoided. Your footwear should not make lots of tapping sound as the interview room is often very quiet and even a small sound can be heard easily. If there is a dress code for the interview, follow it.
- Be prepared for personal questions: Do you think that you will be asked questions related to only your academics and past experiences, if any? You are wrong my friend because most of the interviews start with very casual questions like ‘Tell me something about your family’ or ‘Tell me something about your hobbies’. Be prepared to answer any such questions. Many companies might ask you questions like ‘If you are asked to sign a bond for two-three years what would be the take of your spouse on this?’ It is better to discuss such issues with your family before going for the interview, so that you do not sit feeling blank in front of the interviewers. Girls are often asked about their plans to marry in near future or motherhood plans. Don’t give vague answers for these questions such as ‘My parents will decide when I should get married’, ‘My parents are looking for a suitable groom’ or ‘I have no plans of being a mother in near future’. All these answers show that you are uncertain about your future which might affect your job after you are hired. The appropriate way to answer these questions would be ‘I have no plans of marrying before three years from now.’ A fixed time period is important to mention, so that the interviewers can take the decision accordingly.
- Be honest about your availability and expectations: Women when asked about going on outdoor tours, if needed, explain how they have children or elderly people at home and how they need to look after them. Instead of giving so much personal details to the interviewers, cut it short by a simple statement that you won’t but don’t forget to highlight how you can fulfil the other requirements for the job. The interviewer might have asked you that question to see how confident you are. Even if, they really need someone that should go outdoors and you can’t, it is wise to be honest because after you get appointed, it will be a real hassle for you. You should apply for jobs and roles that suit you and your family needs too!
- Show confidence: If you are planning to start after a gap, don’t be unconfident about your gap. If asked about why there has been a gap, give suitable answers. If you show that marriage or children was the reason for taking a break, questions that would come after this would be, ‘ Then how would you manage things now ?’ Show the interviewers that you are capable of giving the best at present. Explain to them your situation when you got married or had children and how it was different from the present. You can show how supportive your spouse has been and how he encouraged you to work after marriage or how you both are now settled and can manage both home and work together or how you have the grandparents at home or alternate arrangements for your children. Show that you manage the family well, so that they believe that you would manage the work well too. Also, don’t forget to show them that you kept yourself informed and updated when you were on a break.
- Don’t look like you brought your home together: Women often reach the interview venue after doing the regular household chores in a rush and this reflects on their face and body language. You need to look fresh during the interview. Some women even answer that they need to pick their kids from school when asked about why they are in a hurry. Ladies, it is better to arrange for a help for at least the D-day. You might need to spend the entire day at the interview venue. If you arrange for a helping hand that would take care of your regular chores and look after your children for the day, it would be great.
- Be prepared to keep your demands too: During an interview, you might be asked about your expectations from the job. Do a good research about the role you are going to play and how others are being paid. You might need to face direct questions like ‘How much would you like to be paid?’ or ‘Do you have any questions?’ Make a list of questions you would like to ask prior to the interview. Saying that you don’t have any questions, is not wise.
- Make an eye contact: A very simple but one of the most important things to remember during the interview is making an eye contact. The interviewers are smart enough to know your confidence level from your body language. Making an eye contact reflects your confidence and trust. Don’t look here and there when you are asked a question. Sit straight during the interview and look straight into the eyes of the interviewer while answering. Always keep a decent smile on your face, so that you look confident and not aggressive.
- Don’t get into arguments: Interviewers are very experienced in what they are doing. You might have information about the latest trends but they too have a deep experience, so please do not get yourself troubled by arguing with them. Respect the interviewers.
- Don’t pass cultural or religious comment: The interview panel will comprise of people from different cultures and religion. Therefore, don’t make any culture or religion specific comment. Not only can it hurt the sentiments of the interviewer, it will also show that you are bias and conservative. Even if the interviewer tries to force you to do so, refrain from this. This just might be a strategy to judge you as a person. Praising a particular culture or religion over others is also as bad as belittling it.
Being prepared for an interview is half the battle won! Use these tips to prepare for a killer interview and step into the interview venue with confidence.
GOOD LUCK with your interview!