Learn some effective skills to crack an interview
Have you given interviews and didn’t hear back or you get annoyed after giving interviews as you couldn’t give your best? If yes, then this article is for you!
Even after obtaining the highest marks, with top degrees students nowadays are lagging behind in finding their dream job. The problem might not be in the resume, marks or degrees but it could be not making the best impression in the first place!
The time has come to show up the strength and endurance which has gone missing in past interviews. Here is your chance to face your challenges and get hired by top brands.
Follow these easy steps to crack the interview easily and get placed in your favorite company:
1. Prepare an impressive Resume
Resumes are the most important part of job interviews. Resume gives the interviewer a professional summary and unique skills the candidate had. Prepare a formatted yet attractive resume that matches your job profile.
2. Know the role, product and agenda of the company
Every interviewer will definitely ask a basic question related to their organization; “Tell me about the company”. So, to answer this question you should research briefly about the organization’s goal, foundation, vision and mission, competitors, economy, achievements, awards, salaries etc.
Pro Tip: Read the latest news or update about the job vertical you are applying for in the organization.
3. Follow interview etiquettes
Body language plays a crucial role in the hiring process. An interviewer can judge your personality within a minute of interview through the body language, because it shows the confidence of a candidate.
Do’s: Maintain eye contact, dress according to the job role, firm handshake, constant smile, carry pen & documents, and sit up straight
Don’ts: Being fatigued, shaking legs, informal handshake, slouching or ringing phone
Pro Tip: Do not chew gum while attending an interview
4. Practice some common interview questions
This resembles the exams where you might get the questions beforehand so that you can score better marks. Just like an exam, the interview is a key in career path, and to score well one can be prepared for some basic questions which are related to their personality, organization, job position, work experience, or future goals.
Some common questions are:
· Tell me about yourself?
Answer: I am a career oriented woman who graduated from Amity University Noida, and I have two years of experience in writing creative content for websites, articles and blogs. I have worked as an intern at Make MY Trip and IMDB. My writing skills are unique because they have accurate credibility and engaging elements.
· Why do you want to work in this organization?
Answer: I look forward to great opportunities and your organization is providing one, so, I feel this is my another chance to grow and contribute to the company with my unique skills and talent. I am very excited for this job position because it will help me in exploring and implementing my skills and knowledge.
· Tell me about conflicts and challenging situation
· When did you use leadership/worked under pressure as a skill?
· What is your management and work style?
Answer: For me my priority has always been my work. I have a very clear goal at the beginning to achieve my target by the end of the day. And by giving all my time, dedication and determination I try to submit the best possible work.
· What are you passionate about and what are your career goals?
Answer: I am really passionate about writing, reading and most importantly expressing my thoughts on paper. I like to share the stories/ articles which touch the hearts of other people so that they read my other articles. My career goal is to work with top brands and gain knowledge.
· Where do you see yourself in five years?
Answer: In upcoming years, I would like to be recognised as an expert in this sector. This job will for sure provide me with a golden opportunity to do the same. I want to be more responsible in handling a team and learning as much as I can
Pro tip - Never say your name while introducing yourself, if the CV is in interviewers hand or if you mentioned your name earlier
5. Stay calm and confident
Be polite and professional while answering the questions. Maintain eye contact and show confidence through your voice, hand gestures, and body language.
6. Share your accomplishments and achievements
Make your accomplishments and awards an advantage.
Do’s: Demonstrate the achievements related to job role only
Don’ts: Never put awards like an athlete of the year or debate winner because this might not be the important information which is supposed to be shared and not act as an advantage.
7. Must ask a question related to job profile or organization
The interviewer may ask you, ‘Do you have any questions?’ at the end of the interview then take this question spontaneously and do not hesitate to revert.
Ask a relevant question to the organization or job profile.
- What is the best thing about this organization?
- What makes this workplace unique?
- What do you expect from me?
- What kind of candidate are you looking for in this job profile?
- What kind of training and development programs do you do?
- What can I expect as a typical day in this job profile?
Pro tip: Always show gratitude
8. Give honest and diplomatic answers
If the interview is not going great even then you should give positive and diplomatic answers which will leave a good impression on the interviewer. End the interview by saying an impressive closing line “It's a pleasure to meet you” and acknowledge the feedback by sending a thank you email.
An interview is all about representing the best in one shot and showing what you deserve through your personality. Be prepared, energetic and positive while giving the interview. Go and ace your next interview by following the above tips.
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