Getting an interview call is just half the work done in your job hunt. Many who get the interview call just don't know how to present themselves and behave during a job interview. There are probably hundreds of articles written in detail about how to dress up or behave during an interview.
Here I will just list down some important points to follow while preparing for an interview and brief information about each point.
Dos and Donts
When you receive an interview call:
- Make sure you show your interest in that particular Employer and the proposed job. A cold response to the interview call will half your chances of a good interview.
- Clearly convey to the Employer that you wish to appear for the interview on the assigned date and time. If for any reason you could not appear for the interview, mention that to the potential Employer.
- Clearly understand the interview schedule i.e. date, time and venue. Employers hate late comers and time wasters.
- Ask which documents you are required to bring with for the interview. Initially Employers just ask for your resume but its good to be clear.
- Take the contact details of the relevant person for correspondence regarding the interview.
- Remember that you are the 'product' you will be going to 'sell' to the Employer. Dress yourself properly with decent and neat attire. A product in a nice packaging stands a better chance of selling than one in a poor packaging.
- Wear decent accessories that suit your personality, like a watch, cufflink, a tie or a pair of glasses. For men wearing accessories like chains, bracelets or cowboy hats etc. is not a good idea.
- Do your hair properly.
- Your shoes must be clean and in good shape. Remember that your hair and shoes are the first to get a viewer's attention.
The Interview; 'Perform' like a Champion:
- Before going for an interview, research and know as much as possible about the organization, its business, competitors and market standings etc.
- Reach on time for an interview. Being late reduces your chances of getting hired up to 50%.
- You are here to perform; your good 'performance' can make you a star and get you the job. Needless to mention the consequences of a bad performance.
- Be confident; you've already done half the work for getting this job by getting an interview call.
- 'First impression is the last impression'; make a pleasant entry in the interview hall/room. Pass a smile (not a silly one) to the interviewer/interview panel.
- If in a reachable distance, make a warm hand shake (no need to crack his/her bones) with the interviewer.
- Answer each question clearly and confidently. Shaky voice shows lack of confidence.
- After the interview, ask questions about the organization, job responsibilities, work environment etc. Remember these questions are important to show your interest in the company and willingness to work with them.
- After the interview session, take the interviewer's leave, make a positive handshake with a decent smile and leave the room/hall.