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Guidelines for a Successful Interview

An interview is a short discussion to assess you if you have the required proficiency for a job. You are asked questions about your personality, interests, academics and professional experiences. An interview gives employer a chance to know you in person and assess your suitability on the basis of your personality traits such as your caliber, behavior, attitude, expression and confidence.  Apart from knowing your personal suitability for the job, the interview also verifies the authenticity of your qualifications and expertise that is mentioned in your CV. Keeping in view all these areas of assessment, you have to prove yourself as the best candidate for the job.

The guidelines for a successful interview are as follows:

  1. Prepare and practice: You will be asked about your personality, interests, academics and expertise. You should think which type of questions can be asked about each of those areas. Prepare a list of question for each area and devise impressive answer for each. You will be asked various areas in your academic and practical learning. For instance, the Job requires an MBA degree, you will be asked about key topics of MBA courses that relates to the job. You should revise your courses in order to be able respond correctly. Similarly, if you have mentioned work experience in your CV, you will be asked about your practical learning in the area of your experience.

  2. Prepare the common questions asked in interviews: There are a few questions which are asked in almost every interview. Prepare impressive answer for such questions. These questions include: What are you hobbies? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why do we hire you for this position? What do you like or dislike about the current position? How can you work under stress or pressure?  

  3. Knowledge about organization and job description: Gather proper information about the organization and have sound knowledge of description of the job, you are applying for. You will be asked question about the both.   

  4. Prepare lines to introduce yourself: one of the common questions asked in every interview is: Introduce yourself. You have to introduce yourself in a few lines. Prepare a short comprehensive introduction for yourself using appealing lines.

  5. Dress up well: Be in a proper get-up for interview. It adds to your personality. Plan what to wear for interview. Dress selection depends on the organization and nature of job you are applying for. Your dress should be simple but clean and decent having no wrinkles on it. Wear a slight perfume too.

  6. Be on time: Reach the venue of interview an hour earlier than the prescribed time. It will be a new place, so you would need a few minutes to relax. Meet other applicants or general staff attendants at the venue to feel more acquainted and relax.

  7. Your first impression: You will be called in for interview. Entering the room, greet the panel with a smiling face to have a good impression on them. During the interview remain moderate, neither too serious to look rude nor too informal to look funny.

  8. Have confidence but be humble: Confidence counts a lot for selection for a job. Your confidence should reflect on your face. But never show over-confidence. Have confidence but also be humble in your expression.

  9. Eye contact: Do not look down to the floor or up to the ceiling while talking or listening to interviewer. Maintain a proper eye contact with the interviewer during the interview.

  10. Express professionally: You should express your views in a very formal and professional style. Avoid informal style of expression.

  11. Decent body language: Do not sit too firm or too relax in the chair. Sitting firm in a fixed style, having arms folded and narrating answers like robot would not favour you in interview. During expressing your views, move your hands according to your expression to maintain a good body language. 

  12. Show your enthusiasm and devotion: Be enthusiastic and lively during the interview. You words should have exquisite energy in them. Also try show that you are highly ambitious about the job by expressing your devotion towards it.

  13. Be specific in your answers and give examples: Your answer should be concise and specific to the question.  Avoid giving unnecessary explanation. Supporting your answers with relevant example would have a good impact on the interviewer.

  14. Don’t talk too much: Do not talk too much just to prove that you are more expressive. It has a very bad impression, particularly when the applicant is giving useless and irrelevant explanations. Interview is a two way communication and has short time in which interviewer wants to explore more about you. Hence, be specific in your answers to give them more time to ask you more question and know you more.

  15. What if you don’t know the answer: If you don’t know the answer to one or more questions, don’t worry. It does not necessarily means that you will be disqualified. Interviewers understand that a person must not necessarily know everything. But how do you respond in such a situation?  If you are completely blank about the answer, better say, ‘I am sorry, I have no idea about that’ rather than giving a wrong answer. But if you have some rough idea, then start your answer with, ‘I am not sure but it is…………’. If you answer correctly that is good. Even if you answer wrong, you have mentioned in the start that though you were not sure about that but u tried to figure it out.

  16.  End with thanking the interviewer: When the interview ends, thank your interviewer with a smiling face.