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“A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time”

Why companies are conducting interviews?

“Interview” is an important part of hiring process where the employer and candidate get scope to meet each other. Interaction with a candidate enables the organization to check whether the candidate is falling within the company’s expectation, or if the candidate is appropriate for the position. The companies need to observe the communication skill,presentation and the confidence level of the candidate. The organization also needs to verify the details mentioned in the resume of the candidate.

Why candidate should appear for an interview?

The first impression of a company which attracts a candidate is the infrastructure of the organization. Before joining a company, an interview procedure is also a scope to visit the company and gather some vital information about the company. The atmosphere of the company cannot be observed in a single day, however the other important things can be checked like the distance between your home and organization and the public transport facilities. The candidate can inquire about the transport facility and the other basic facilities provided by the company. A good maintained office with proper facilities attracts the candidates.

Before appearing for an interview, a candidate must prepare himself/herself mentally as well as physically.

  1. Telephonic Interview: Now-a-days, companies are conducting the telephonic interviews before calling a candidate for a personal interview. Telephonic interview enables the interviewer to make a list of candidates for an in-person interview. A short introduction about you and your work could take you to the next step. Never take telephonic interview lightly.
  2. Appearance:Physical appearance of an individual attracts first. Check your appearance means wear formal clothes, your hair should be properly combed or tied, avoid the clumsy look and wear comfortable and clean shoes or sandals.
  3. Important Documents: Do not forget to keep your important documents with you. An interviewer can ask you to show some of the documents at the time of interview. Maintain a file or folder to keep all educational and training records and also previous salary slip is necessary for the experienced candidates. A candidate may need to fill the forms where all important information is required about the academic record, professional training, previous company profile and salary structure, etc., and to fill all this information correctly you need to keep the documents with you.
  4. Punctuality: Be on time. Don’t reach late beyond the designated time as “first impression is a last impression” proverb is applicable specifically in professional life. Reaching before 15 minutes is the best way to avoid the wrong impression on the interviewer.
  5. Greet:Etiquettes in professional life are important. A candidate must greet the interviewer or any individual representing or telling him or her about the organization.
  6. Sit Relaxed:Sit comfortably in front of the interviewer. Take a breath and think of the positive things. A positive reply is considered by the interviewer. Convey your opinion in a positive manner. Do not use harsh words.
  7. Introduction:Tell me about yourself, it is thefirst question asked by the interviewer. Answer with confidence and smile on your face. A simple question seems to be complicated in front of the interviewer if you have low confidence.
  8. Language: Do not speak badly or show negative attitude. Be polite and listen carefully before answering. A fresher Jobs could be so enthusiastic or excited that he or she could answer before the interviewer completes the question. Let the interviewer complete his/her question first; it is a part of etiquette to listen first before responding. If you are an experienced professional, use care not to explain the things more than required. Avoid negative statement about the previous organization and management.
  9. Concentration and Alertness: Concentrate on questions asked by the interviewer. Don’t be busy to view the office interior while the interviewer is asking a relevant question to you. Be alert to reply the questions.
  10. End with A Positive Note: This is applicable for both the candidate and employer. A candidate should wish the interviewer before leaving the seat. An interviewer should also use the positive note like “thanks for your precious time” as candidate reached to the interviewer after waiting a prolonged period of time.
  11. Common Questions: Some of the questions are common and asked by the most of the companies. Besides professional questions, prepare yourself for the common questions being asked, for example,
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why do you want to join our organization?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What is your greatest weakness and strength?
  • What are your goals in life?

An interview is your first introduction to the organization and a ladder to reach the job. Considering the small things can help you to achieve the big goals.

Remember “talent will get you in the door, but character will keep you in the room”