The Interview phase of the hiring is perhaps the most stressful and tense for any Job Seeker. Candidates feel nervous despite all the confidence or skills they may boast of. It is but an expected psychological reaction which can be managed with systematic preparation of the Interview Assessment.
Research the Employer
Thoroughly research the company you’ve applied to and find out as much as possible about them. Try to get a detailed overview of business operations in line with the advertised Job Profile. So you’ll be prepared for questions like “What do you know about our company"? and "Why do you want to work here?"
Use your Network
Reach out to friends and co-workers for information on the organization you’ve applied to. Very often your Professional connections may provide you with an information edge over other candidates
Practise with Mock Interview as many times as possible yourself and along with family and friends. Have them grill you with questions expected during the actual process. For e.g Tell me about yourself? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Ask them to observe not only your responses but also your body language (signs of restlessness, nervousness, confusion) in particular.
Day of the Interview
Dress appropriately preferably formal business wear when you arrive for the Interview. Arrive 5-10 minutes before appointment time and be sure to carry several copies of your Resume, along with a Pen and a Notebook.
Keep the talking points Real
Remember your skills are the selling points. But use Real Life scenarios to show how your skills can best serve the goals of the organization. This will differentiate you from other candidates who are just “all talk”
Some Ground Rules
Stick to the point of answering the Interviewer’s question with respect to the Job description. Remain balanced when it comes to showing confidence and energy. You neither want to go hulk or appear dead. Be sure to ask questions during the interview process based on your understanding of the organization. Remember to thank the interviewer for their time when the session is concluded.