Six Sure ways to crack Job Interview
Most often we wonder out of hundred of applicants for the vacancy, will I be able to get the job I have been aiming for. Will I be able to clear the interview?
Well, to put your apprehensions to rest, first of all, you must be congratulated for being one of the applicants whose resume has been shortlisted out of a large population. 50 percent of your job application process is complete now and that too successfully, that is something to cheer about for sure. It only reaffirms that your CV has been able to impress the recruiters within first 20-30 seconds and your cover letter has sent the message across that it intended too. Being sufficiently convinced by your profile, recruiters have made an effort to call you for one to one interaction. Now, its important you don’t miss out on any of the following important tips before you appear for interview:-
1. Be thorough with your domain/subject:- You might be considered for the post of PHP Developer or Sales Manager, you are expected to be thorough in your subject domain. There is no replacement for subject knowledge and employers are most interested in your proficiency level in chosen field. For any technical profile, recruiters would be most interested in depth of your skill level whereas for non technical profiles like sales, recruiters are most interested in soft skills like confidence, communication and experience along with achievements you have.
2. Read job description and your own resume well:- The biggest mistakes candidates make is not reading their resume well. Most of the candidates assume that since they themselves have prepared the resume, there is no need to read it again. Infact, before you face any interview, resume must be read thoroughly with a perspective of company who is going to interview you. Ask yourself what are the skills recruiter is looking for in potential hires. You must be able to find minimum four to five attributes which recruiter seeks, store them in your mind and try to relate yourself with those attributes. Your CV must reflect those qualities and while you are being interviewed, you and your CV must speak the same language. During interview, always back yourself with decisions you have made in your career.
3. Don’t bad mouth your last company:- It is almost fatal to bad mouth your last company. No recruiter appreciates candidates harping on deficiencies of their last employer and it is bound to put your candidature in soup. It portrays a very strong negative image of the candidate. Recruiters are interested to know if there were challenges which existed in last company, how were you able to successfully handle them. You must keep positive experience handy which you can share with them.
4. Google the industry in which company operates:- It is very important that you search about industry in which you are going to appear for interview. Among most commonly asked questions during interviews are:- Why do you want to join this sector/industry? What do you know about industry? These questions can be easily tackled if you have researched well about industry in terms of potential in your country, potential globally, upcoming trends, key companies operating in that industry and growth prospects. Being aware about industry size and mentioning it during interview to potential employers sends a very strong message to employers about your seriousness regarding making career in the industry in question.
5. Visit company website:- Employers often ask questions like “what do you know about our company” “what is unique about our company” and so on. It is important that you spend some time visiting the website of the company for which you are being interviewed. Never miss to read “About Us”, “Products or Services” ” Unique offerings” etc. on company’s website which will help you understand what sets this company apart from its competitors. Recruiters like candidates who are eager about working with their company and take an extra step to know and explore more about company.
6. Dress well to impress:- Never take your dress or hair style casually while appearing for interview. An old adage says “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. You should first take into consideration the culture of company you are interviewing with and dress accordingly. Are you interviewing with a company where employees wear suits everyday or do they wear T-Shirts and Jeans? Make sure that your clothes are neatly ironed, pressed and fit properly. Have a nice, clean haircut and men must make sure that you shave and keep facial hair minimum. A significant part of any hiring decision is based on nonverbal elements in the interview- your handshake, eye contact, body language, posture, listening skills, grooming and accessories.
Follow these tips wholeheartedly and rest assured, employers just can’t ignore you.
This JOB belongs to you.