Julia

Are you ready for an interview?

 

After trying for around a month, Shivnya got an interview call from a company for the post of assistant manager, operations. She desperately wanted to get the job as she was not happy in her current role. She did not get his due promotion and her manager was neglecting her. She could not afford to leave job due to her family responsibilities.
The interview was scheduled the next day, on Saturday. She was anxious. She got up early to get ready for the interview. She wanted to iron her clothes but there was no electricity. So she had to settle for another formal top. The distance to the interview venue was a 20 minutes drive. She started 30 mins before the scheduled time. On the way, She found some rally being conducted and hence she had to change her route. Somehow she managed to reach the venue on time.
The interview started with questions around her previous job followed by usual technical questions. She could answer all of them. The HR manager told her that they will inform about the result shortly. She went home and waited but she never got the call. She got a rejection mail from the company. Shivnya was wondering what went wrong. Was she too desperate and the interviewers gauged it? Did she say something which she should not have?
All of us are little nervous, little worried and little apprehensive when we get an interview call. This also helps sometimes and we become careful and prepare ourselves well. A little preparation and some do’s and don’ts will help in presenting a positive image and getting the job. The biggest mistake in an interview is not being fully prepared. There is no one "best" way to prepare for an interview. Rather, there are specific and important strategies to enhance one's chances for interview success. Every interview is a learning experience, so learning that takes place during the preparation and actual interview process is useful for future interviews.
Well, it was very difficult to find the cause. But she became more cautious and prepared for each and every possible question for the next interview. And she got a good role and better salary.


Do’s


Dress appropriately.

Know the exact time and location of your interview.

Arrive early

Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect.
Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation.
Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
Be careful about your posture
Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible
Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question
Be honest and be yourself
Exhibit a positive attitude

 

Don’ts


Don't make negative comments about previous employers or professors
Don't treat the interview casually
Don't give the impression you are only interested in salary
Don't make excuses
Don't be unprepared for typical interview questions
Don't go to extremes with your posture; don't slouch, and don't sit rigidly on the edge of your chair
Don't make the interviewer guess what type of work you are interested in
Don't allow your cell phone to sound during the interview
Don't take your parents, your pet, spouse, friends etc
This list is not exhaustive, but make sure that at least you follow the facts you know. And don’t forget to exhibit your positive and confident self.