Interviewing Tips

We know many people struggle with interviews though they are the most experienced and best qualified for the job.

When you are invited to an interview it means that the hiring manager believes you may be a good match for the job opening, and he or she wants to know for sure. The interview is used to determine whether you are qualified for the position. Also one important thing as the job seeker is, you should make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position.

A candidate who can answer questions in a way which is acceptable, but not necessarily right, to the interviewer, someone who knows something about their potential employers business and the post they hope to fill. These are really the basic components of any candidate who ‘interviews well’. There are undoubtedly other aspects employers may look for in relation to specific posts – having their own ideas, thinking on their feet, aspects which will be related to the job and to the company’s preference in employees.

Think of interviews as an opportunity to present yourself to a company. It is a chance for you to prove yourself in front of the interviewer, so you should come with full preparation of questions you need answers to.

You can search for the company profile. Also gather the latest information on that company. To gain most information about the company then a good option is to check their website which may have more background information. If you want to do well at the interview, you will need to convince the interviewer that you are technically qualified to do the job.

The job interview tips covered most job interview tips and also covered lots of things which we have to avoid during interview.

Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s

Preparation and confidence

  • Preparation and confidence is key. Good preparation always creates confidence. So the important thing for an interview is to be well prepared. In this you have to consider two things:
  • You must prepare yourself on possible questions for the interview.
  • You have to gather information which is useful during the interview.
  • Know your CV – as you will be questioned on its contents.

Checklist

  •  When going to interview you must consider the following things:
  • Confirmed time, date and location of the interview and name of interviewee as well as the interviewee’s position with the company.
  • You have to plan to get there earlier than 15 minutes before the interview time.
  • Always dress professionally.
  • Concentrate on the interview only at the actual interview.
  • On arrival ensure the receptionist knows you are there who you are meeting with.

Be on time!

  • Public transport may be useless if the traffic is heavy. Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be on time at the particular location of interview.
  •  Also if you are there so early, you can wait nearby or in coffee shop, worst case if you are going to be late, then best option is call them.

Write down and practice possible questions!

  • As mentioned earlier, prepare for possible questioned that may be asked in the interview. It is also important for you to prepare a few questions to ask in the interview, so that you can walk out of the interview informed and ready to make a decision. Use the third person when talking about the job. Avoid sounding as though
  • You could also try a fewer more testing questions such as how they differentiate themselves from their competitors or what they think the toughest part of the job is.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

  • Keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be careful.
    Some points to remember:
  • A Smile is one thing which may matter in your impression. A warm smile always pleases people.
  • Do not forget for firm handshake.
  •  Eye contact without glaring is showing your confidence.

Do not talk too much!

  • Always remember that communication is a two-way street so give them a chance. Also don’t interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking. Give him/her full chance to talk.
  • One common mistake candidates make when interviewing is talking too much. It is important to listen to the question asked and answer that question. Keep your answers to two to three minutes at the most. When you limit your time, you tend to stay more focused. It is very easy to stray off the subject and ramble about things irrelevant to the job if your answer is too long.

Be enthusiastic and positive!

  • During interview always be enthusiastic. Do not bad mouth previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and views.
  • Let the interviewee see your passion for the job and your career.

Check in During Interviews

  • Your initial interview answers should be brief. But some of your best stories may take time to detail, then after two minutes ask for permission to go on. You may say something like, “Now I have described the project, would you like to hear about my role and more detail?”

Answer Briefly

  •  The best interviews have a give and take atmosphere. To do this, you need to ask questions. When it comes to talking during an interview, sometimes less is more. A general rule is you should speak one-third of the time and definitely no more than half of the time. When it is your turn to speak, do not hesitate to talk about yourself.

 Look Them in the Eyes

  •  Eye contact is showing your confidence. Eye contact is one of the most important aspects of nonverbal communication and can make a significant difference in how you present yourself. If you look away when speaking to someone, you are viewed as lacking confidence or interest. So always answer the question with eye contact to interviewer.

Look Better, Feel Better

  • It important that you spruce up your appearance for the interview. Be well-groomed and clean and above all try to look confident. For better or worse, looks can make a difference.

Talk about specific achievements!

  • Interviewers like to know how you felt about a particular success. Some will ask for specific examples of things you have done that you are particularly proud of; how you solved problems; how you learned – and improved – from difficult situations.

Think of an Interview as a First Date

  • Instead of the Inquisition, think of a job interview as a first date: you are both trying to figure out if there is a match. This mindset proffers many advantages. You come off as curious, not desperate, you do not assume that too-formal, phony-appearing job-seeker persona, you talk about what you want to talk about instead of just passively getting bombarded with the employer’s probes and you are more likely to ask questions during the interview. Those questions will help you assess if you really want the job. Treat the interview as a first date, and you will both be better informed when deciding whether you should hook up.

Bring Up a Weakness

  • In an interview, bring up a weakness before you are asked for one. For example, “I really need to work on my leadership skills. I am a good worker and totally competent, but sometimes I lack the confidence to stand up and take a leadership position.”

Attitude Adjustment

  • It is difficult to remain upbeat in a tough job market. Isolation and waiting for the phone to ring is the worst way to handle negative thoughts. When you start feeling down, take steps to turn your thinking around.

Explain Why You Left

  • Follow these guidelines when interviewers ask, “Why did you leave your previous/current company?” Carefully describe the reason for your departure, and do not go into details unless asked. Stay with the facts of what happened, what you did, how you felt and what you learned. Then describe how you will handle things differently in the future. Keep it short!

The World’s Toughest Job Interview Question

  • Great questions to ask early in a job interview: “What are you most hoping to find in the person you hire?” and “What would be my first priorities on the job?” The earlier you can ask these questions, the sooner you can start tailoring your answers to the employer’s priorities. At the end of the interview, ask, “Based on what we’ve talked about today, I feel good about the position. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job?” Often, that gives you a chance to counter any objections.

Know What You Offer

  • Prepare answers for open-ended questions, like, “Tell me about yourself,” by making a list of your skills and traits that match the employer’s requirements. The closer your skills and traits are to the job description, the better chance you have of landing the job. You should leave the interviewer with a clear picture of what you have to offer.

Prove What You Could Do

  • Always put a positive spin on your answers to difficult questions. If you lack a particular skill or do not know a certain computer program, be sure to emphasize how quickly you learn. Give an example of a time when you were able to get up to speed in a similar situation. Companies are interested in people who can hit the ground running.

Sell Yourself

  • Interviewing is about selling yourself. The product you are selling is you. Give them reasons to buy. Tell them what you can do for them. Emphasize what you can bring to the company, department and position. Convince them that your product is better than the competition’s.

Talking Salary

  • Timing is everything in the interview. Let them bring up the subject of money. If you are asked what your salary expectations are too early in the process, just say you would rather postpone that discussion until you have more information about the position.

Do not forget to listen

  •  Listening is one of the most underused interview skills. Most candidates are so nervous about answering interview questions correctly that they forget to listen. Follow these tips:
  • Listen through eye contact.
  • Listen with nonverbal expressions.
  • Listen until the speaker is finished.
  • Do not interrupt.

It is OK to be nervous

  • Not only is it OK to be nervous about an interview, but it is essential for you to accept how you feel. Telling yourself you should feel differently than you do is unrealistic and just makes you feel bad about yourself. What’s the worst that can happen at an interview? For many, it would be not getting an offer. Did you ever think that maybe the job wasn’t right for you? Try to look at the process as a learning experience.

Put up with rejection?

  • If you are rejected from the company, you may feel hurt, angry or fed up. Instead of being stuck in feeling rejected, take back the power by staying proactive. If you really wanted to work for that particular company, sit down and write a letter. Remind them of all the positive points you could bring to the organization. Let them know you are still interested in working for the company if something should change or open up.

Face the feedback

  • If you ask for feedback from an interviewer, be prepared to hear things that could be upsetting. You should listen carefully, and take notes to refer to and react to. Do not argue or defend yourself. At last do not forget to thank the interviewer. Then, take the advice and think about changing some techniques to improve on your next interview.

Follow the interviewer

  • During the interview, your interviewer is giving you information that can guide you on how to behave during the meeting. Observe your interviewer’s style. Listen very carefully, and let him/her know that you have been listening by asking good questions and making good comments. Answer questions by providing the information asked for.

Emotional preparation

  • Preparing emotionally for the interview is also important. The right mood helps you perform at your best. Try the following points for preparing emotionally:
  • Get moving that means go for a walk, run, exercise, meditate, do yoga, stretch, dance.
  • Sing your favorite song while driving to the interview.
  • Repeat an inspirational phrase aloud that’s meaningful for you

Ask Questions

  • There is always the opportunity to ask them questions at the end of the interview, remember the interview is a two-way process; you need to be sure you want to join them. Try to concentrate on issues, which are both important to you and combine an apparent interest in the company. Write your questions down prior to the interview and take them with you.

Be honest!

  • Be honest with every question. No need to lying about your background and/or skills. If you get caught then you will definitely be without a job. Job interviews are about matching needs, if there is not a good match, and then there is no chance of job.

Check your CV for possible gaps!

  • If there is any gap between jobs then make sure you know how you are going to explain time gaps on your CV.

Presentation

  • Dressing is also important aspect at the time of interview. Dressing should be appropriate for the post and the company. Try to get information about what the company would expect from employees. What would be appropriate for a building company is very different for a public relations agency. Be well-groomed and clean and above all try to look confident.

Get to Work!

  • If you are Unemployed? Then your job right now is to find a job. Do not blame to yourself. Think of this as going to work. Research companies, industries and positions. Take this as good experience to succeed in future interviews.

Don’ts

As we have to consider the positive things whilst interviewing, we also have to consider the worst interview blunders.Following are points to avoid during the interview:Not preparing for the interview:

  • Keep in mind that preparation always increases confidence. So do not face the interview without preparation. You cannot communicate without pre-interview research.

Showing up late or too early:

  • One of the first lessons in job-search is to show up on time for interviews. Many job seekers do not realize that showing up too early often creates a poor first impression. Arriving more than 15 minutes early for an interview shows that the job seeker has too much time on his or her hands. Always remember that your time is as valuable as the interviewer’s. Always arrive on time, but never more than 15 minutes early.

Poor handshake:

  • In every place handshaking matters a lot. With the help of handshaking anyone can judge your personality. The handshake starts the interview and that is your first opportunity to create a great impression. If you have delivered a poor handshake, it is impossible for you to recover it. Here are some examples:
  • The limp hand gives the impression of disinterest or weakness.
  • Only tips of the fingers shows lack of ability to engage.    
  • The arm pump shows overly aggressive salesman.
  • Your handshake may be telling more about you than you know. Ask about your handshaking to your friends who are not afraid to tell you the truth.

Treating the receptionist rudely:

  • The first person you meet on an interview is a receptionist. The receptionist has the power to say about your positive or negative points before you even set eyes on the interviewer. The interviewer may also solicit the receptionist’s opinion of you after you leave.

Talking too much:

  • Talking too much always creates a problem. To avoid over-talking, practice answering questions in a direct manner. Avoid nervous talking by preparing for your interview with role-play.

Talking negatively about current or past employers/managers:

  • The fastest way to talk yourself out of a new job is to say negative things. Even if your last boss was not good, never state your ill feelings about him/her. No matter how reasonable your complaints, you will come out the loser if you show that you disrespect your boss because the interviewer will assume that you would similarly trash him or her. When faced with the challenge of talking about former employers, make sure you are prepared with a positive spin on your experiences.

Asking about benefits, vacation time or salary:

  • Do not ask about the benefits, vacation time or salary during the first interview. Wait for the employer to begin that discussion.

Verbal ticks:

  • The first signs of nervousness are verbal ticks. We all have them from time to time “umm,” “like,” “you know.” You can also sometimes avoid verbal ticks by pausing for a few seconds to gather your thoughts before each response.
  • To reduce the verbal ticks practice for sharing your best success stories ahead of time, and you will feel more relaxed during the real interview.

Not enough/too much eye contact:

  • Eye contact shows your confidence but it may happen that it creates a negative effect also. Avoid eye contact and you will seem shifty, untruthful, or disinterested. If you sometimes have trouble with eye-contact balance, work this issue out ahead of time in an interview practice session with a friend.

Failure to match communication styles:

  • It is almost impossible to make a good first impression if you cannot communicate effectively with an interviewer. But you can easily change that situation. Following points will help to you.
  • If the interviewer seems all business, then you must behave like business.
  • If the interviewer is personable, try discussing his/her interests.
  • If the interviewer asked a direct question, answer directly.
  •  Allowing the interviewer to set the tone of conversation can vastly improve your chances of making a favorable impression.

Final Thoughts
Just as a strong resume wins you an opportunity to interview, strong interview skills will win you consideration for the job. You already know that you won’t earn an interview unless your resume sets you apart as a candidate of choice. Start your job search with a resume that creates a stellar first impression.