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Top 10 Tips to ace that interview.

Interviews take place to give companies a chance to get to know potential candidates and vice versa. Apart from your answers to questions about your domain knowledge, interviewers will also be influenced (consciously and subconsciously) by your demeanour and other factors which are very much in your control.

These are my Top 10 tips to make the right impression at an interview:

  1. Do some research about the company. I’ve had candidates who couldn’t answer the question “What do you know about what our company does?” even though I had explained this to them clearly. As an absolute minimum visit the company website and find out who their biggest competitors are. Also, prepare 2 or 3 questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview (do not include CTC related questions at this stage)
  2. Arrive on time. This means don’t be late and don’t be too early! You don’t want the interviewer to feel under pressure because you arrived an hour early. Arriving 5 minutes before the interview is supposed to start is perfect. If you’re visiting the interview venue for the first time, plan your journey in advance. If you’re going to be late, call as soon as you know you’re not going to make it on time and give a new ETA – don’t wait till the scheduled interview time to call, because, given enough notice, interviewers may be able to rearrange their schedule in which case being late won’t work against you quite so much.
  3. Smile. First impressions really do help – when you’re meeting the interviewer for the first time be sure to look him / her in the eye, shake hands and smile. 99% of the time you will get a smile back and this will also help relax you.
  4. Relax. Always keep in mind that interviewers really want to conduct as few interviews as possible – they want you to do well so that they can fill whatever vacancy they have as soon as possible.
  5. Find the right balance between friendliness and formality. Being too friendly will make you seem unprofessional. Being too formal might give the impression that you will not be a good fit with the company (obviously depending on company culture).
  6. Dress appropriately for the interview. Even if company culture allows employees to work in shorts and flip flops, showing up for an interview dressed like that will work against you.
  7. Keep your answers to the point. There is nothing worse than someone who rambles on and on and takes up valuable time either making the same point over and over or moving on to a completely different topic. Also, be honest if you can’t answer a question – guessing the answer or waffling will work against you.
  8. Make sure your line is free at the scheduled time if you have arranged a telephone interview. Also, make sure you are somewhere quiet when on the call.
  9. Keep your language clean. I’m honestly quite surprised that I have to write this and that it even made my Top 10, but you wouldn’t believe the number of candidates who feel it is acceptable to punctuate their points with swear words! This will obviously never work in your favour.
  10. Send a courtesy email to the interviewer the day after your interview. This will make you look professional, interested and will help to keep your application in the interviewer’s mind.

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karl@sevenpillars.in, www.sevenpillars.in

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Categories: Uncategorized
    March 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Very useful 🙂
    bookmarked !

  2. Dharmesh Salian
    March 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Fantastic piece of information. Even after having given scores of interviews over the past 2 decades, I still found this article very refreshing and to the point.

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