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Brush up for the D-day

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 15:55 IST

Even with necessary qualifications and experience, many people often do not perform well during job interviews. Such job seekers casually go for interviews, without doing any rehearsal and homework. They stutter and fumble, not being able to find the right answer and, thus, never hearing again from the company. Proper preparation is extremely important to avoid such a fate. There are certain things you must do before an interview. Some of the essential ones are…

1 Learn about the group, company or organisation you apply to. You should be able to clearly and coherently tell why you would like to work for that particular organisation. If you have researched well, you can formulate an intelligent and appropriate response to the query and avoid sounding like you would grab just any job.

2 Select proper clothes — clean, well ironed and comfortable to wear. Dress professionally. Also, your hair and nails should be trimmed and clean.

3 Carefully arrange your papers. Include extra copies of your résumé, reference letters, pen and pad for noting information.
Now, comes the D-day. So, remember these points…

1 Always reach the venue 10-15 minutes before the inetrview time.

2 Treat all the people, the receptionist, the liftman or a secretary you meet at the venue, pleasantly and professionally.

3 Be professional, even if an interviewer acts casually. Do not address the official by his/her first name unless you are asked to do so.

4 Never take calls on your cell phone.

5 Mind your body language. Non-verbal communication, at times, speaks louder than words. So sit straight, do not fidget or slouch. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer but without staring at him/her.

6 Do not be shy. At the same time, do not try too hard to sell yourself. You need to be enthusiastic and confident, not aggressive or pushy. Be calm and collected.

7 Do not interrupt the interviewer when he/she is speaking or asking a question.

8 Listen to the question and think before answering it. An interviewer meets candidates to evaluate their skills, capabilities and levels of experience. Keep in mind that while there are no standard responses, your replies should be clear and to the point.

9 It is all right to ask for clarifications in case you do not understand a question. However, do not be silent for a long time before answering a question.

10 Do not say anything negative about your previous employers or teachers.

11 You must understand the next step in the recruitment process. This means that you should know whom to contact and when, or who to expect a call from. So, ask the name of the concerned person.

12 At the end of the session, thank the interviewer for his/ her time and gracefully walk out of the room.
After the interview, you should make notes so that you do not forget the critical points. If the interviewer had said that they would take a week in deciding on the candidates, then ring them up after a week. Thank them again for the interview and reiterate your interest in the job. If you come to know from other sources that another candidate has been selected, you should still call the employer up or send a letter thanking him/her for providing you the interview opportunity. Let the official know that if another or a similar position opens in the future, you would like to be considered again.