Facing a job interview cannot be easy, especially for those who are going to face it for the first time. There are so many things one needs to take care of in such a situation, viz., the attire, possible questions, things to avoid, etc. Quickly go through the list given below, to see how some minute changes can make a world of difference.
One of the first job interview tips that anyone will tell you is, to do the necessary groundwork on the organization that you are being interviewed for. You must have the basic knowledge regarding the firm. Don't be vague, do your homework before you step into the interview room. This will help you answer question like why do you want this job? You can do so by visiting the website and social media pages of that respective organization.
Be well dressed for the interview. Make sure that your nails are clipped and hair are neatly set. Avoid wearing fragrances that are too strong. This goes without saying but be formally dressed. The dress code demands your clothes to be clean and ironed. Also make sure that the attire is well fitted and comfortable. Ladies should avoid wearing low neck tops and men should opt for well matched suits. The shoes must be well polished. Stay clear from loud colors and dress as per the organization, i.e. you should also not be overdressed.
During the interview, keep your manners in check. Once you walk in, remember to gently close the door. You don't want a door slamming shut. Greet the interviewer pleasantly and firmly shake hands. Ask if you can take a seat, if you haven't already been told to do so. Sit up straight and avoid slouching. Remember not to keep your elbows on the table.
Frame of Mind
Everyone gets jitters, so don't panic. The correct frame of mind is very important. A little nervousness is normal. Think rationally so that you don't spend the time imagining interview goof ups. This will only make you more jittery. So in a calm mind just run the interview through your mind. When you walk in, have a clear mind, leave your worries behind. The aim is to have a fresh and alert mind.
Days before the interview, think of the questions they can ask and prepare for them. Some typical questions are regarding your past work experience, your bosses, your interest, strengths and weakness, your goals, etc. Do a thorough research, this is the best way to avoid unexpected questions.
Firstly, remember to carry the required documents like résumé. Secondly, one must be prepared to handle tricky interviews. Many times interviewers put forth very practical questions, e.g., what is the color of the wall behind you, so think for a minute and refrain from turning your head around to answer the question. Always have questions ready that you would like to ask the interviewer about the firm. If money matters are being discussed, be prepared for anything. If an interviewer gets aggressive, keep your temper in check and stay calm. In short, if the situation goes bad, don't panic.
During the interview, answer every question promptly; it is best to avoid fillers like 'hummm' and 'aaahhh'. Get to the point, speak clearly, and at a good pace. Avoid grammatical errors and casual language. Make eye contact with the interviewer and don't seem meek. Make sure that your body language is confident and receptive. Don't give off a snobbish or a careless vibe.
What to Avoid
One should avoid arriving late. One should also not be overconfident or aggressive. Remember not to make excuses and avoid criticizing your previous or current employer. Exercise good command over your voice and speak confidently. You must avoid being rude and too judgmental as well.
Your aim should be to appear confident. This is one of the most important tips. Your clothes, conduct, and speech must reflect it. Also, try not to cross into the territory of being pompous and overconfident. If you feel that summoning confidence is difficult, then fake it. Fake it, only you would know this secret and part of being confident is believing that you are confident and sure of yourself.
After the Interview
There are certain etiquette that must be followed after an interview is over. Remember the interviewer's name and follow-up with a thank you note. A job interview follow-up e-mail is also a good idea. You can also thank the interviewer for his/her time by making a courtesy phone call.
Be confident, hold your head high, and have faith. Remember at the end of the day, it's just an interview, a simple dialog which takes place between two individuals. Consider it like a formal social meeting and it will not seem so daunting.