A new outfit, expensive cologne, a file boasting of all the work you’ve done and your lucky pair of shiny shoes. A morning well put to use dressing up. Once your name is called, in your usual vague “office building”, you enter the room, sit on the chair, go through the Q&A part with minor screw-ups and reach home exhausted, terrified and nervous only to find a week later that you’ve not been selected for your dream job. That hits hard. Really Hard!
What exactly runs through a person’s mind while applying for a job? One might have the degree or a PHD and all the other required qualifications needed to impress authorities looking into one’s resume but, is this all? It may be surprising but there is a lot more contribution to the job interview scene than just a whole lot of polished silver on the surface.
One’s not-so-bright college friend may have landed an attractive and lucrative job just because of his/her excellent communication and language skills teamed up with a convincing and amiable demeanor. So let’s take a look at these few tips which might be of help during those daunting times.
Appropriate body language:
Everything, from your posture to the movement of your eyes, your speech. Walking manners, general and subjective knowledge to the level of confidence is kept under scrutiny. The smallest error by the candidate may be taken in the wrong sense and will set him/her back a long way.
Firstly, poor grooming can put off an interviewer–each and every fold, mark or crease is a sign of how careless, impatient or ignorant you are. Crisp and smart dressing is a sign of graciousness and displays organizational skills. Yawning, scratching one’s nose, sniffing, sneezing or laughing loudly produces a negative impact on the interviewers.
One must ask permission before entering the room and walk up at a smart pace to greet and shake hands firmly with the interviewers. One must only sit when asked to wearing a warm smile as a sign of amiableness. During the interview, always maintain eye contact but do not stare. Attentiveness is the key and one must lean forward and not slouch on his/her chair when required to. Face the right hand when taking/handing the file and gently place it in the interviewer’s hand and not throw it across the table. Usage of words like thank you, beg pardon and please sends positive vibes. Of course arguing with them is not advisable even though they put forward a wrong statement to test you. One must answer accordingly and avoid stammering and using local slang language at all costs and speak loud and clear.
At the end of the interview one must again greet and shake hands with the respective authorities and turn his/her back only a few paces behind the chair. One must never slam the door shut but close it behind him/her quietly. Overall, one must try to be humble and talk like an expert in their field of expertise but avoid being cheeky, over smart or a know-it -all.
Yes, we all make that mistake sometime or the other. Being late for a meeting/interview is the worst possible mistake one can make. If the venue is far away from your home, start off an hour or two early as ‘prevention is better than cure’. If unsure of the place in which it is to be held at, drive to that area at least two days before the interview–waiting in the lobby is safer than trying to catch a last minute bus. Mingle with the other candidates and avoid flirting, gossiping and passing comments. Don not smoke before going into the building–creates a bad impression on people all around.
Some final checkups:
Make sure all your certificates are arranged properly. The boys should decide on their apparel sensibly and timely, not wasting time on it. The girls should do the same and also tie their hair in a neat and classy way.
Using perfume is justified. Remember, the goal is to avoid bad odour but not to entire a whole bottle of the fragrance.
During the questionnaire, do not be afraid to succumb to your past mistakes but concentrate on highlighting your positive qualities and achievements but do not show-off.
Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and try to contemplate on what basis they select their candidates.
Don’t forget to take copies of your resume.
Be energetic and confident.
Behave well with everyone and anyone you come across in the building regardless of their position or profession. It could be a crucial step in the interviewing process.
Do not lie. The interviewers will know for sure.
Use examples, facts to support your achievements.
Maintain eye contact with all the interviewers. Don not leave out anyone in the corner.
The interviewer will indicate when the interview is over. Before leaving ask what happens next and ask if there will be a second round of interviews. Tell them that you’ll be in touch and keep a tab on the information provided.
After that, stand up, collect your things, shake hands and thank them for seeing you and smile warmly
Write to the interviewer, thanking him/her the time and consideration. Keep it brief and express your further interest in the job.
Last but certainly not the least. Don’t give up! Remember, while first impressions may be the last; hold your head high and gear up for other opportunities! Because THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS BEGINNING(MARK STRAND).