Face any Interview with Confidence

Face any Interview with Confidence.

Have you finally gotten a call for an interview for your dream job and are you nervous? That’s completely okay. Interviews can be dreadful for anyone if not prepared enough, and that is why we are here. Go through the following tips if you need to win your future interviews and get ready to rock that dream job!!!

Preparation

  • Complete your resume with true information. Make sure you include everything you wish to showcase and that they are relevant to the job you are expecting.
    Want to know how to make a perfect resume? Go check Write the Perfect Resume..!
  • Choose a formal outfit that flatters you as well as gives you confident.
    Check Choose the perfect outfit to Face your dream job interview.
  • Do your research about the potential company and if possible, about the interviewers.
  • Be ready to answer common questions and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you were given the opportunity.
    Common questions to be answered and ask at an Interview
  • Make sure you know the venue and to arrive there at least 10 minutes early
  • Rehearsal. Face a dummy interview with the help of a friend. After all, practice makes perfect.

Ace the Interview

  • Be well groomed and attentive about your hygiene. Make the first impression matter.
  • Be punctual. Arriving on time or about 10 minutes early will show your energy and that you sincerely care about the job.
  • Be pleasant and confident. A smile, formal greeting, firm handshake and polite gestures can go a long way.
  • Take some time when answering. Don’t blabber the first thing that comes to your mind. Take 2-3 seconds and give a thorough answer.
  • Do not make personal chit chat and do not be over-friendly with your interviewer/s.
  • Do not lie in your resume or at the interview.
  • Do not make negative comments on your current employer, if you have any.
  • Thank the interviewers personally at the end of your interview and also make sure to  follow up via a thank you email.

Let’s Move it…

Preparation

This plays a very important role in facing any interview successfully. Without preparation, you might ruin your chance even without knowing it. So, make a checklist and follow that. After all, every effort will be worth at the end.

  • Complete your resume with true information.
    Make sure you include everything you wish to showcase and that they are relevant to the job you are expecting. True information are vital in an interview, because your potential employers have all the rights to test you to validate your information and it won’t end nicely if you have lied on your CV. Go through your resumes and portfolios (if you have any) several times to ensure that it’ll be the best and truest you can offer. Take several copies with you to the interview if you are unsure about how many interviewers will be there. File them nicely orderly, present one at the interview, and if needed present other copies too.
    Want to know how to make a perfect resume? Go check Write the Perfect Resume..!
  • Choose a formal outfit that flatters you as well as gives you confident.
    You might be one of them who believes what you wear is not as important as what you are capable of doing. Though we agree totally with you, also remember about society’s standards. You don’t have to always follow those, but there are times that you better do that. And this is such a time.
    You don’t necessarily have to spend fortunes for a glamorous outfit. Just go for something formal, elegant, simple and fits your personality and job at hand. For a man, trousers (NOT jeans), long sleeved shirt, tie and blazer (last two are optional), formal shoes, with a proper hair and beard styling will do. For a woman, saree/kandyan, skirt suit, pant suit, frocks, high heels, pumps with a light make up and decent hairstyle will do. As for colors mild and dark tones such as brown, dark blue, black will suit.
    Fashion for an interview is a whole different story and let’s leave that for another time.
    Check Choose the perfect outfit to Face your dream job interview.

Anyhow, try on your outfit before the interview. Check for any tags or threads hanging, color burns, animal fur etc. and never neglect the need of alterations. If the outfit is too tight, loosen it up a bit, if too loose, tight it down a bit. Take precautions so that your outfit will enhance your personality and thus your confidence.

  • Do your research about the potential company and if possible, about the interviewers.
    This will be very important to get your potential employers appreciation. Research on their company history, vision, mission, goals and achievements and polish up your answers to suit them. As an example, you can say “I’ve gone through your mission and I personally think Green innovations are what we direly need at present.” Your knowledge about the company will showcase your interest and dedication towards the job and it will be a nice tool to impress your interviewers (apart from your CV).
    If possible know your interviewers prior to the interview, but don’t stalk them. Try the linkedIn or any such professional network. Know about their educational, professional histories, interests and dislikes etc. This will help you to understand what sort of personalities that will be meeting you at the interview room later on.
  • Be ready to answer common questions and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you were given the opportunity.
    Though interviews are unique depending on the company and the interviewers, there are some commonly asked questions at any interview. Your strengths and weaknesses, why should you be hired, few words about yourself etc. in answering, choose a strength or strengths which depicts why you fit for the job, a weakness that may not be vital for the job, but let them know that  you are improving or trying to etc. Understand these questions and be prepared so that they won’t catch you off guard and make you stumble for the right answer.
    Also when you were given the opportunity to ask any questions, do not waste it. If you smile and say you have no questions, that might show you as you don’t really care about the job. Instead, have plenty of questions ready, but ask the most relevant 2-3 ones.
    Common questions to be answered and ask at an Interview
  • Make sure you know the venue and to arrive there at least 10 minutes early.
    Know your venue so you won’t get lost or late on the day of the interview. Arrive there at least 10 minutes early. Even 15-25 minutes are fine at most, but do not arrive too early and slack your time at a corner.
    That extra 10 mins are the most important. You can spend them relaxing yourself, deep breaths, a sip of water, a glance at your prepared answers, a quick run to the restroom if the need arises. ( After all, getting interviewed with a full bladder will be an extra pressure that you won’t handle nicely.) Your punctuality will illustrate that you care about the job, respect the interviewers and company as well as your time management skills. So, make a maximus use of that to impress your future employers.
  • Rehearsal. Face a dummy interview with the help of a friend. After all, practice makes perfect.
    No matter how ready you think you are, practice is never a waste. Get your friends to act as your interviewers and try to face them. Be serious about these rehearsals and get the maximum use of it. These will help you to boost your confidence, reduce fidgeting, reduce uncertainty etc.

Now that you are well prepared, why don’t you face the interview and win it.

Ace the Interview

  • Be well groomed and attentive about your hygiene. Make the first impression matter.
    Clean suit, clean body, well kept nails n’ toes, combed hair etc. are important for the first impression. Well groomed look does not only depicts that you care about yourself, it also shows your respect towards the potential employer and that definitely matters. Make your look less glittery, i.e: minimal accessories. You can wear a formal watch, a thin necklace n’ small earrings if you are woman, just a watch if you are a man. Anyway, accessories are completely optional, but a watch is recommended.
  • Be punctual. Arriving on time or about 10 minutes early will show your energy and that you sincerely care about the job.
    As discussed before, extra 10 minutes has its own values and why not get the most use of it? After all, early arrivals means you respect them enough not to keep them waiting.
  • Be pleasant and confident. A smile, formal greeting, firm handshake and polite gestures can go a long way.
    Turn off your mobile phone/tablet or silence them before you enter the room. Upon entering, give a genuine pleasant smile, eye contact, a firm handshake for each of the interviewers, introduce yourself with simple thanks for the opportunity given, request to sit or sit after you are offered, be polite and calm when answering their questions. Being polite shows your respect and calmness shows how you deal with stressful situations.
    If you are a nervous type, take a few deep breaths before facing your interviewers.
    Do not keep tissues/handkerchiefs in your hands or on your lap, unless absolutely necessary, like you have a cough or runny nose, and remember to apologize from your interviewers for the inconvenience.
  • Take some time when answering. Don’t blabber the first thing that comes to your mind. Take 2-3 seconds and give a thorough answer.
    Don’t allow yourself to fidget at the interview. It’s okay to have a 2-3 second pause before answering a tough question. If you couldn’t understand the question or if you need a bit more time to think, politely ask them to clarify or repeat the question. While that, you can have a bit more time to think it through.
    Choose your words carefully, so you won’t be offending anyone, and do not use slang vocabulary, be clear on pronunciation and be well audible (do not yell though).
  • Do not make personal chit chat and do not be over-friendly with your interviewer/s.
    While the interview takes place your interviewers may get really familiar with you and so, but never over do that. Do not share very personal information unless specifically asked and do not ask your interviewers about their personal lives etc. A polite mention about a sports poster or a drawing at their office is acceptable though.
  • Do not lie in your resume or at the interview.
    No need of much explanations here. It’s an interview, a face-to-face test to clarify whether you suit their requirements or not. Unless it’s a contest to select the best liar, lying is never good at anywhere. Also remember, your body language might show you are lying and you may ruin your perfect opportunity, just because you wanted to show yourself better fitting than you truly are.
  • Do not make negative comments on your current employer, if you have any.
    No matter whether your current employer is truly a disaster or not, NEVER make negative comments about them or your colleagues at an interview. Show yourself as an agreeable, easygoing, considerate candidate and not a bad-mouth.
  • Thank the interviewers personally at the end of your interview and also make sure to  follow up via a thank you email.

Make sure you thank each interviewer separately with a genuine smile, eye contact, a firm handshake and a suitable farewell greeting.You can also add a simple request to know what future steps be and likewise. When you go back home, also follow up via a thank you email, that shows you are truly interested in the opportunity and you are really grateful about the time given to you.

Well, that’s pretty much all armor you need to succeed in your dream job interview. And we, FixMy.lk team sends you all the best wishes for future interviews. And we’ll always be here to aid you. BEST OF LUCK!

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