Cracking a job interview is more than having knowledge. Here are the 15 best interview tips to ace telephonic/Skype/F2F interviews and get any job.
Looking for quick interview tips from industry experts on what they expect from you during an interview?
Do you want to lessen your stress by being prepared before and during an interview?
Or are you attending one of the campus placements and will be interviewed for the first time?
If you answer Yes to any one of the above, then you have landed on the right place (page).
We will give you simple tips that usually candidates forget to follow, which leads to not so good experience.
Job interview is not an exam for which you need to study or go through hours of preparation but we want to get you covered by providing simple interview tips which will work wonders for you.
For your convenience, we have arranged it as below:
Table of Contents
- Tips to follow before your interview
- Things to keep in mind during your interview
- Tips for following up post interview.
Tips to follow before your interview:
1. Practice Speaking Confidently: You need to be fluent and confident, don’t use jargons unless you are sure of their meanings. Practice with yourself by looking in the mirror or giving a mock interview to your friend. This will help you boost your self-image and confidence.
Focus on the main two questions which are interviewers favorite. One that we all dread, “Tell me about yourself” and its likes, most of us panic or go all blank. Don’t worry, we have got you covered with how to answer that. The second most asked question is to list your strength and weakness. Be sure to prepare atleast two points for each and know the right way to answer them. Prepare for these questions thoroughly so that you are confident while answering.
- Refer the JD: Refer and understand the expectation of the employer beforehand. Match your skills with what they are looking for and align them with yours. You can also provide practical examples to support your answers.
This will help you confidently put across what you would bring them on the table. Take a little time to revise the technical aspects (e.g. IT software) for technical interviews.
- Research the Employer: Research the interviewing company (company website, social media and news/press releases, company history, vision and mission, culture, etc.). If possible, get to know your interviewers too as well as the senior management by looking them up on their professional profiles whichever is available and make sure to remember their names properly and address them accordingly.
Getting all this information will help you answer confidently on how your background will be helpful to the company. It is also highly possible that the interviewer might question you to check your understanding of the company and/or industry.
- Keep your Attire and Documents Ready: Ensure to be properly dressed for the interview as this will greatly impact your profile. Hence keep your attire prepared one day before the interview day. Make sure they are clean, ironed and properly fitted as it adds a lot of valor to your overall personality. Also proper footwear should be a part of the entire formal attire.
By things, we mean to keep 2 copies of your resume printed and a copy of your identification handy. Avoid unnecessary baggage and carry only what is necessary. Carry an umbrella if you have to walk a bit in the sun or if it rains so that you don’t wear out or drench yourself till the venue.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep – This might sound trivial but it is of utmost importance. You need to rest your body and mind for atleast 7-8 hrs so that when you wake up, you feel fresh and confident enough to conquer the day and the interview.
After waking up, express gratitude to the universe, smile and feel that nothing can stop you from getting this job.
- Reach the Venue Before Time: Consider the distance, mode of transport as well as give more grace time for the traffic during your commute and make sure you reach the venue atleast 15 minutes ahead of time. Take a few minutes to visit the restroom once you reach, to look yourself one time in the mirror, take a deep breath (Inhale from nose and exhale from mouth) and clear your mind of any negativity.
- Smile and Observe: Smile and politely greet whoever you come across regardless of their role. It is not only to make you feel good from within but would also help you leave an impact and also stand out from other interviewees. Observe the atmosphere around you. The office dynamics also say a lot about the organization.
During the Interview:
- Body Language – The way you sit, stand, move, your facial expression, etc. everything is noticed by everyone. It says a lot about your personality and about how confident you are as a person. It also shows how motivated you are as well as your flair. Keep a check on the minute things which might not look important to you but could be noticed by someone.
- Smile not Laugh: During an interview, we tend to get nervous. Nervousness is expressed uniquely by each of us. Some of us sweat while others start laughing uncontrollably. You have to be very careful to ensure that you keep a simple smile on your face but not laugh nervously. Or better, just keeping a straight face without any expressions.
- Precise Answers: While answering the questions, take your time to frame them but do not start without thinking. That way you will end up rambling which doesn’t leave a good impression. Your answers should be to the point and emit positivity at the same time.
- Don’t Exaggerate: Do not exaggerate your answers. Do not say anything beyond the skills or work that you have done, just for the sake of competing and unless you are not confident about the work. Be very crisp and to the point, and if there is anything that you cannot answer or do not know, simply and politely say the same.
- Don’t Bad Mouth your Previous Employers or Supervisors – Never say bad about your current or previous supervisors or company however frustrated you were with them. You do not need to show that sourness during the interview and if done so, will only leave a bad impact on your interviewers.
- Ask if You have Any Questions – The interviewer will always ask you at the end of the interview, whether you have any questions. Although you might have none, it is good to ask any intelligent questions if you have any. You could ask more about the role, or take genuine interest in the business if you want to understand it in depth or whether the work involves any travel, etc. Asking questions shows your interest in the profile and the interviewer will always be happy to answer those.
Post the Interview
- Enquire About the Next Step – Before leaving the venue, it would be a good way to ask the interviewer, hiring manager or recruiter for what is to be expected as a next step. Find out whether there will be any further round(s) of interviews or any tests, if yes what kind as you will be mentally and technically prepared for it.
- Follow-up Mail – While interviewing, most interviewers share their business cards. If they do not, then ask for it politely and do not hesitate. You will have their official email addresses and it would be a good way to follow up with a mail next day. The mail should start with a thanks or gratitude and greetings and end with a gentle follow-up note. Mail should be short and crisp.
So whether you are a fresher or a professional, following these tips will cover the factors that can be controlled by yourself before and during an interview and help you give your best.