Never mind if it’s your first interview or fourth, a job interview is always an unnerving bet; no matter how prepped up you feel, you know it’s never a breeze. With all the awe and apprehension related to job interviews, it’s easy to be uneasy with the thought of sitting through it. Agreed that job interviews aren’t anything like a walk in the park, but they aren’t a roller-coaster ride either. Remember, fretting over the thought of the interview won’t get you anywhere. The only way to take it on and beat the stress out is to go prepared. Since you don’t know what to expect in an interview, a sound preparation and some poise will help you get over the hitches and apprehensions without straining your good sense. Just prep up your manners and resume and take on an interview with full confidence. Here are some effective tips for you to handle a job interview. Read on and get cracking.
Tips To Handle A Job Interview
Tune Your Timings
When it comes to racing for an interview, it’s better never than late! Nothing mars your chances more than making your interviewer ‘wait’. You simply cannot afford to be late for an interview lest you wish to come across as unprofessional, disorganized, irresponsible and rude. If you are due for an interview, take care to leave home with plenty of time on your hand to account for any unforeseen last-minute snag. Also avoid reaching your destination way ahead of time. Reaching 10-20 minutes before time should do fine, unless you wish to appear indifferent.
Know Your Company
Before going for an interview, it always helps to acquaint yourself with the history, objectives and aspirations of your potential workplace. After all, you wouldn’t like to get tongue-tied when asked about it! Acquainting yourself with the many necessary facts about the company won’t just help you to understand its ideologies but will also equip you with necessary info that might help you make a choice and get a final breakthrough. You can go through any of their former press releases or dig for additional info on the internet to prep up your preparation.
Dress To Impress
When in doubt, dress smart! Dressing up for an interview can be tricky, especially when you don’t know what to expect. However that shouldn’t mean that you land up in your sweat shirts, flip-flops and jeans and surprise the whole office. The cue here is to dress modestly and keep your style statement subdued, yet suave. It is equally important to stay away from overdressing unless you wish to shock the prospective employer with your impromptu sartorial sense. Remember, it’s your skills and not your clothes that should steal the show.
Prep Up The Resume
There is no reason why you should ever take any chances with your resume. After all, a perfect resume is like half the battle won. Prep up an impressive resume eulogizing your feats, skills and achievements and yes, don’t forget to keep an eye on grammatical errors, spelling or typos. However, refrain from using any lies or other fabricated claims to pump up your resume as doing so can prepare grounds for your dismissal later on.
Watch Your Tongue
If you wouldn’t really like to put your own feet in your mouth, stay away from nattering anything negative about your former company or associates and bite your tongue later. Remember, no company would like to hire a hoax. So when the interviewer invariably interrogates you about your former organization, don’t forget to watch your words.