How to prepare for an interview beforehand?

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If there’s one thing that’s abundantly clear about looking for a job, it is the process of going through a laborious interview process. In some organizations, an applicant could be asked to clear multiple interviews in order to get employment. While some people are exceptionally talented at presenting themselves, others have a hard time figuring out the complicated paradigms of this procedure. However, even if you’re talented and an extrovert, preparing for the interview is as crucial as drafting an impressive resume. For more tips on how to make a scintillating one-page resume, check this article out.

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If you have a much-awaited and significant interview coming up, we have the perfect tips for you. These tips are pertinent and beneficial to fresh graduates, freshers, experienced professionals or those looking for a change of field. Delve deep with us and sway the HR executives right off their feet with these neat tips and tricks:

1. Gather data for data carries paramount significance

According to the industry experts and interviewers, the gravest mistake a candidate could make is not knowing enough about the organisation they’re applying to. In fact, an applicant must be well-versed about the company’s past, present and predictable future while applying for the job itself. Employers look for diligent and smart workers, and going prepared would only add an extra charm to your persona. Moreover, if you’re aware of the organisation and their work, you’d be able to give spontaneous suggestions which are commonly asked in the interviews. For a detailed guide on how to tackle the tricky questionnaire of the interviewers, read this educational piece

2. Get in touch with former employees of the organisation you’re applying to or check their online rating

Adding to the aforementioned point, a candidate must know about the company culture so that he/she can formulate the answers to their expectations in a suitable manner. For instance, if a company has a track record of promoting employees regularly, one must aim high and include the desire to rise in the organisation itself. Talking to former employees could prove to be a boon as you can get valuable insight into the interview process

3. Practice interview questions and slay the fear of public speaking

Generally, an interview is taken to understand if you can fit the company culture and requirements impeccably. If you’re looking forward to landing this job, keep a list of prospective interview questions handy. For instance, a fresher interested in the field of journalism would definitely be asked about his/her ideal journalist and the reason behind it. A person shifting from business analysis to product management would be asked the reason for this shift and the factors which inspired the change. Read up interview stories online or talk to experienced members in your circle to get a hold of important questions. For an immaculate insight into surmounting the fear of interviews, take assistance from this article.

If you’re prone to performance anxiety or nervousness during public speaking, reach out to a speech therapist. You could also join an NGO to get in touch with varied personalities and with time, your fear of presenting yourself would be gone. Recognize your weak points and strive to work on them

4. Choose the attire carefully and get approval from acquaintances

While we’re all for the freedom to choose, a professional interview demands a suitable look. Drop the idea of wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and opt for a striking pant-suit or blazer at the least. For women, shirts with A-line skirts could create an aura of subtle dominance and moderate heels are advised.

Hairstyles matter just as much when it comes to appearing for interviews. A trained HR executive would never want a shabby person for their company as lack of professionalism would eventually lead to missed deadlines. Opt for neat and trimmed hairstyles while paying attention to your nails. For females, a professional bun, braid or ponytail could do the trick. If you want to let your locks flow, make sure they don’t fall on your eyes too often. For an A to Z guide on dressing up for interviews for males and females, check this article out

5. Body language speaks volumes as soon as you enter the room

We can’t stress this enough but you’re consistently judged during the interview. Subconsciously if you’re nervous, your body would initiate some response that could seem mundane to you but will be picked up by the executives. For example, when a candidate covers his mouth, fidgets, or touches the hair/face repeatedly, it shows a lack of confidence. If you’re not confident of your presentation, it can be arduous to convince them otherwise. Take special care about the small signs and make sure that you don’t overdo them.

However, there can be infinite causes of crossing your arms. It doesn’t always mean that you’re holding something back or are arrogant but could simply show that you’re cold. In such a case, one need not fret too much. The employers are smart enough to judge on the basis of combinations of body actions rather than taking just one. Nevertheless, the more careful you are, the better it would be. The trick is to balance the narrative and you could achieve it by sitting with your legs at a respectable distance from each other, your hands on your knees, and your back bending forward a little. Similarly, head nods and hand gestures work equally well while you’re speaking. Check this article for various do’s and don’t’s of body language during an interview

6. Perform your interview and prepare questions

The key to cracking any interview process is to be prepared meticulously. Adjust a mock interview test with your siblings or parents and take it with all sincerity. Practice makes perfect and rehearsing it multiple times with real-life questions would help you amicably. Also, the executives would always ask you if you’ve questioned them. Be prepared with the answers to these little queries and the basis of your answer should be your job role, the company culture, or the ultimate goal they have for this product. Never bring in the matter of salary during this question as it would give the impression of you being interested in the monetary prospect only. Organizations would always inform you about the remunerations themselves and one must be patient for it

These are our expert tips to be prepared for an interview. Follow them in your next chance and let us know what transpired in the comments section below. Keep following the helpful pieces of HRDGuru for all your job-related queries.

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