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Pre interview preparation

 

How prepared are you to attend an interview and make a good impression? Here are some tips that will give you an advantage over your competition.

• Find out all you can about your prospective employer. The Internet has huge amounts of information, and anything you can’t find here can be obtained from your local Chamber of Commerce.
• Confirm when, and where the interview is to be held, and find out how long it will take you to get there from where ever you are. Make allowances for road blocks and breakdowns.
• Rehearse answers to technical and personal questions, and also to queries about your career, and why you want this particular job.
• Have extra copies of your CV and any other certificates you may be carrying with you.
• Visit the rest room, check your appearance, and take a few quiet moments to calm yourself down.

 

Interview manners

 

Here are some tips to conduct with utmost grace and confidence.

• Shake hands, introduce yourself, and wait to be invited to sit down.
• Don’t put your nervousness on display by sitting on the edge of your chair, swinging your legs or fiddling with your clothes.
• Your pre-interview rehearsals will help you deal with the interviewers’ questions. Smile, and speak of your achievements with confidence. This is not the time or place for modesty!
• If you are overcome with stage fright, look at just one interviewer, and pretend this is a one-on-one interview.
• Remember the interview is a dialogue. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. However, don’t dominate the conversation, or allow your questioning to turn into an interrogation.
• Don’t smoke, talk ill of your previous employer, or tell obvious lies about your work experience, achievements, and salary.

Finally, smile and thank the interviewers for their time, and express definite interest in the job.

Post interview manners

 

Once your interview is over, comes the hardest part, waiting for a response from the company. Use this interval in the most productive manner.

 

• Always write a note to the interviewer to thank them for their time.
• Without gushing, reiterate your eagerness to work with the company.
• If you have used any of your contacts as a reference, regardless of whether you get the job or not, write to them also, and thank them for their time and effort.

At the appropriate time, you may call the company back, and enquire about their hiring decision.

 

Enquiries

 

The interview is over, and you’re quite sure the job is yours, but then again, maybe you’re not! How do you go about making polite enquiries?

• At the interview, you will be told when the hiring decision will be made. You can call at that time and ask about your chances.
• If no such mention has been made, it is customary to wait up to two weeks before you call. Be patient, flooding the interviewer with information about yourself in a bid to impress, rarely helps.
• If you haven’t got the job, it is perfectly acceptable to ask why. You may get a response, but you may not like the reply. At least you will know. This is not the occasion to throw a tantrum or declare that they have passed up an opportunity to hire the perfect candidate. Rather, learn from the feedback, and let it go!

Checklist-interview

 

Run through this list quickly before you go in for an interview- Make sure

• Your clothes are neat, clean and stain free; your shoes are polished.
• You have several unsoiled copies of all relevant documents with you, in a briefcase or folder, not a plastic shopping bag.
• You have a fair amount of knowledge of the organization you are being interviewed by.
• You are not reeking of smoke; this is definitely not the time to top up on your fragrance either.
• You have gone to the loo one last time.

Finally, you have a few minutes in which to take a deep breath and calm yourself down.

Is It Cool To Smoke During An Interview?

 

It’s not enough to be well-versed in your subject, dress strappingly and be punctual for that interview. Don’t forget to mind your manners--or you might get barbecued at the final grill!

 

• Shake hands, introduce yourself, and wait to be invited to sit down.
• Don’t put your nervousness on display by sitting on the edge of your chair, swinging your legs or fiddling with your clothes.
• Your pre-interview rehearsals will help you deal with the interviewers’ questions. Smile, and speak of your achievements with confidence. This is not the time or place for modesty!
• If you want to overcome with stage fright, look at just one interviewer, and pretend this is a one-on-one interview.
• Remember the interview is a dialogue. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. However, don’t dominate the conversation, or allow your questioning to turn into an interrogation.
• So—is it cool to smoke during your interview? The answer is…NO! Don’t smoke, speak ill of your previous employer, or tell obvious lies about your work experience, achievements, and salary.
• Finally, smile and thank the interviewers for their time, and express definite interest in the job.
 

Dress right for an interview

 

When you are called for an interview, you often have enough to be nervous of, without having to worry about your appearance too. Here are some tips to take the uncertainty out of dressing for an interview.

 

• Your first priority should be a neat and clean appearance. Your clothes should be washed, ironed and free from tears, stains, and missing buttons. Make sure they fit comfortably too.
• Always err on the side of formality. That you are being interviewed by a dot-com known for its casual dressing is not reason enough for you to wear your favourite t-shirt and denims!
• For men, a plain, or very mildly patterned shirt with a buttoned-down collar, and dark trousers is a safe bet. Wear dark socks to match the colour of your trousers. Your polished shoes should be the same colour as your belt.
• For women, non-fussy Indian attire always creates a good impression. Remove all extra jewellery, and go easy on your fragrance.

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