Sitting in the waiting room, anticipating what’s going to happen next, biting your nails at the thought of meeting a potential employer! Sounds familiar? Here are the 10 tips with which you can combat a job interview successfully.
Appearing for a job interview for the first time can be a nerve racking experience, to say the least! You are a novice, fresh in the industry with no substantial experience other than a few internships that may not count at all. Face-to-face interaction with your employer is your only chance to make a lasting impression and get you hired for your first job.
But how can one do this? What we have here for you are the 10 tips that will help you face and successfully crack your first interview.
1. Know The Company
This goes without saying! This is what any employer expects from you and they aren’t not wrong! Research well about the company you are applying for and know their aim, mission, vision, values and functions. Using this information in your answers will create the right impression in front of your employer.
2. The Introduction
‘Tell me about yourself’ is every employers favorite question! You can read the best reply to this answer here
3. What Can You Offer?
Thoroughly know the job title you are applying for, the responsibilities and why you are fit for the job. For every point that you make, try to have an instance where you have used that quality.
4. Act Confident
This can be quite a task considering it’s the first time you are sitting for an interview but you have to pull off this lie. You have to act confident and make the employer feel that you have it all together and perfectly fit the job.
5. Never Lie In Your Resume
Lying can backfire! The person sitting in front of you has ample experience of interviews and can easily know when you are faking it. So keep it real and only write in your CV, what you have actually achieved.
6. Dress Well
No one can stress enough on the fact that in case of an interview, ‘The first impression is the last impression.’ Put on your best clothes (formal of course!) and look neat when going for an interview for the first time or otherwise.
7. Have Your Questions Ready
Be observant and notice what’s going around you. Once the interviewer is done asking you questions, it is going to be your turn. Return the favor! Ask if you have any questions about the company, the role they are offering you the job for et al. Just make sure they don’t come across as offensive or rude.
8. Be Eager To Learn
It’s okay to not know everything! If you get stuck on some questions and don’t know what to say, politely let the interviewer know. But also make it a point to ask what the answer was once they are done with all the questions. This shows your eagerness to learn, which is often considered useful from an employer point of view.
More than anything else, it’s the anxiety that ruins most interviews. Just before entering the room, take a few deep breaths and relax your nerves. It always helps!
10. Thank You Mail
Whether or not you are hired, make sure you send the employer a thank you mail after the interview telling them how you are glad you got this opportunity and how you hope you are selected for the same.
So get going! All the best!