For clinching a lucrative job, which matches your interests, you need to first of all clear the hurdle of an interview. You might have all the degrees in the world and work experience to match none of the other candidates, however, if you come across as a low confident, shy person, there are very slim chances that you are going to make it!
Tips to Face Job Interviews with Confidence
Make a good first impression, by dressing up smartly. Wear formal clothes for the interview. Women should take care not to wear anything which is revealing. Men should go for the interview all groomed, with their face properly shaved, hair in place and shoes polished.
Keep your paperwork well-organized in a professional folder. Check the interview call letter for the certificates and documents that you need to carry and keep only those in your folder. Always carry a pen along, so that if needed, you do not have to ask the interview board members for it!
Eat and Sleep Well!
Do not go to the interview on an empty stomach. At the same time, do not overeat and land for the interview, with a clearly protruding stomach! Eat something light, yet energetic, like a glass of milk or a banana, an hour before the interview. This is more than enough to keep you in perfect shape for the interview. Secondly, the night before the interview, make sure that you sleep for at least seven hours.
Reach on Time!
Reach the venue at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time. This will ensure that you have enough time to settle down, before you actually face the panel. While waiting for your interview, you can even practice deep breathing, to relax yourself!
Be very polite with the board members. Do not ever be rude to them, however uncomfortable they might make you feel. Be very polite and courteous, while answering the questions. When you enter the interview room, knock and ask, "May I come in?". Greet all the members upon entering the room. At the end of the interview, say "thank you" to the board members. All such courtesies will win you many brownie points and can help you become successful in the interview.
A mistake that candidates often make is to try to be clever with the board members. You should be smart, but never come across as someone who is too clever or has the tendency to be dishonest. What organizations look for is a sincere employee. So, if you do not know something, simply say "I don't know".
When you are facing the interview panel, do not at any point show that you are nervous, either through the way you talk or through your body language. Touching your face, brushing your hand in your hair, stuttering - all these things show that you are feeling nervous. So, avoid them. Here's one secret to come across confident - just fake it! Yup! Act confident, even when you are feeling like jelly from the inside! If you are able to do this, no one would really be able to make out what's going on in your head.
Prepare for the interview in advance. There are some questions which are asked in almost all interviews, such as, "Tell us something about yourself", "What is your greatest achievement till date in your professional life?", "Where do you see yourself in five years from now?", etc. So, prepare a list of all such questions and write down their answers carefully. This way you can be sure that at least some part of the interview will go well! Also, be thorough with your CV. You should be able to answer any question that comes your way, with regards to the qualifications, work experience, skills and hobbies that you have mentioned in it.
When answering the interview questions, there are some rules that you should always follow. Firstly, maintain good eye contact. Secondly, talk clearly, with appropriate pronunciation, grammar and pitch. Lastly, speak only relevant things while answering. Do not go on and on giving unnecessary explanations. At the same time, do not be so brief that your answers seem incomplete!
With these tips you should be able to get the job that you always wanted. Remember, be honest, polite, sincere and smart, cause that's the mantra for a successful interview. Best of luck!