Even the smartest and the most deserving job seeker need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Prepare best for an interview as there are no second chances that will ever make a great first impression. So know these 10 strategies to ace your interview skills and get into your dream job.
1. Prepare a good resume
A resume is the first thing that your employer will see and will make a rough idea about you, so prepare it wisely. Highlight your key skills, training you have done, all the seminars you have attended, past work/internship experiences (if any), extra-curricular activities are done during school/college. Go through your resume well and know everything mentioned in it. Never fake anything in your resume, it will do more harm to you than good.
2. Research about the company
Firstly before an interview do your thorough researches about the company, their business ethics, work culture, market, the clients they target upon, you can research earning calls, read quarterly reports and blog post of the company and don’t hesitate to quote them in your answers.
Example: If you’re interviewing with Amazon India, here are two ways to answer: “What’s Amazon’s biggest opportunity in the next 5 years?”
Weak: “I think e-commerce will be big because more users will use a smartphone…”
Strong: “I’ve been reading about drones and how it can change the entire business across the world. The sheer amount of savings in shipping costs will help Amazon make the pricing more competitive and get an edge over competitors. Therefore, I think that…”
3. Dress Aptly
“Look Dapper Not Swag” Never go to the interview wearing a baggy t-shirt and swag pants. Wear business formal or business casuals. Coat and tie are not always recommended but it’s totally for you to choose. Try your dress before hand and see they fit well. Keep your hairs, beards, and nails trimmed.
4. Be On Time
Get ready and leave your home few minutes before the interview because you never know you can always get stuck in traffic. Be punctual and reach the venue at least 15 minutes before the allotted time and inform the receptionist that you are there. No one wants to hire a person who reaches office late every morning.
5. Work on Non-Verbal Communication
Etiquettes and body language play a very vital role in fetching you a job. While waiting for your call in the waiting area don’t shake your leg or play the game in your mobile rather go through your resume and arrange your papers because there can be hidden camera installed and the interview may be watching your activities. Always greet the interviewer and sit only when asked to. Always be polite, keep an eye contact and speak in a soft tone.
6. Be Confident
Everyone gets nervous during an interview that’s normal. But don’t act totally foolish during the interview like stammering, shaking your body or getting all sweaty. It leaves a negative impression. No one wants a person who gets so scared but they want people who are confident and bold enough to face challenges and come victorious. So, try to be confident and maintain boldness.
7. Prepare for basic H.R. questions
Always go prepared for some basic HR questions which are asked in almost all interviews. Some of them are “Tell me about yourself, why should I hire you, what are your strengths and weaknesses?” and if you are experienced professional then “Why did you resign from your previous job, may I contact your present employer for a reference, etc” and much more. These are the questions which will be asked to you in all interviews that you will face in your entire life.
Tips: “What’s your greatest weakness?” A classic old-school interview question we know we’ll be asked. How do you answer it? Don’t give repeated answers like “I work too hard” or “I am perfectionist”. You can be honest here yet try and put a positive spin on your weakness, without seeming too perfect. For example, Sometimes I work too independently, and you will manage this by consulting your manager before making big decisions.
Always listen to what the interviewer is saying. Try to understand the question properly before answering. Start speaking only after the interviewer has stopped, never speak in between. And when you don’t know the answer to any question don’t try to puzzle him instead of saying that you don’t know the answer and that totally OK.
9. Handle Analytical Questions Well
Many a times interviewer will ask questions you an analytical question. These questions are asked to judge your analytical skills rather than your general knowledge.
Example: How many tires are sold in India in a year:
Weak Case: You think for few seconds and answer 20 million
Strong Case: You share your entire thought process on how you reached the final answer. Like let’s divide the entire market into 2 categories Passenger and Commercial; then further into Private and Public; roughly 10% families will have a car and 25% families will own a motorcycle…. And then coming down to the last number.
This is a great way to show your communication & analytical skills. Plus, if you make an error, it’s easier to know where you went wrong and fix it.
10. Ask Question (20 questions you can ask an interviewer)
Always ask a question when you are asked to. It shows that you are genuinely interested in the organization and wants yourself onboard. Ask questions about their working ethics, company policies, when will you start working, your working place and what will be your future in that company. If an interviewer doesn’t think that you’re really interested in the job, he will not give you an offer letter no matter how good your qualifications are.
Tips: Research your interviewer & company well. Read recent press releases and company news. And, stay present throughout the interview so you have relevant questions to ask at the end.
11. Always say THANK YOU before you leave
No matter how bad your interview was, ALWAYS greet the interviewer and say THANK YOU before leaving the room. You can also shake hands with them, but remember it should be a firm one. Don’t stammer or show your frustration. ALWAYS GREET BEFORE YOU LEAVE