Your aim is to impress, to get hired! Read some of these tips to help you prepare.
Do your homework- Research the company beforehand so that you are well aware of your surroundings and can also showcase your knowledge during the interview if required. This will boost your credibility with the interviewer.
Master a one-to-two minute commercial about yourself- Almost certainly you will be asked to respond to some version of “Tell me about yourself” question! Memorize a short description of your background (education, skills, experience etc) that matches your strengths with the job. Once you briefly relate your background, add a sentence or two about your willingness to learn, dedication and commitment. Be careful with your choice of words. Avoid being over-zealous and pompous, yet make sure you add a splash of your personality.
Distinguish screening from selection interviews- There may be a thin line separating these two types of interviews in some organizations. However, traditionally, here’s how they differ:
Screening interviews: In larger organizations, interviewing is usually a two-stage
process. All applicants are screened out by the HR
Specialist, except for the best qualified. They in turn will
have to face the manager for the final selection.
Selection interviews :This is when you will have to perform to the best of your
ability. Gear up from neutral into a high performance gear
and do your best!
Psychological factors- Despite the best scientific interviewing techniques to eliminate hiring by mutual chemistry, most experts say that more people lose job offers for personality factors than for lack of capability. You will have to make an effort to win and influence the interviewer by assuring him/her that you can mould yourself to any situation. Bring your adaptability and versatility into play.
Never wrestle the interviewer for control- Never try and take charge of the interview as it might come across as you usurping the interviewer’s prerogative. If you feel a void, you may ask polite questions, but avoid taking control.
Don’t talk money until you’ve been offered a job- When the question of salary pops up in the beginning of the interview; imply that money isn’t your most important consideration- it actually should not be at this point. Only when you learn of the actual scope of the position and the company implies that it wants to hire you, will you be in a position to negotiate in your best interest.
Secure your references- Secure the required number of people who are willing to be your professional references. Be sure to secure their permission and also ensure they speak in your favor if contacted by your potential employer.
Project yourself right. Stay calm. All the best!