An interview lasts only a few minutes, but it can be one of the most crucial moments of our lives. Regardless of how many sleepless nights we might have spent preparing, the 20 minutes at the interview hall alone determines if we are the right person for the job. Even the slightest mistakes can strip us of the long cherished job. This article provides tips on how to successfully face an interview and ensure a job of your choice!
Never lie. There is no bigger mistake than lying in an interview. The interviewer is an expert in finding out if you are a straight forward type or the cunning type. Any company would prefer a straight forward candidate to a cunning one even if the cunning one's abilities are inferior to the latter's. The interviewer can break any lie, however well you might have planned it, using various techniques. Understand that he/she must have handled hundreds or thousands of interviews and his experience is far superior to yours. If you are truthful throughout the interview, the chances of you making mistakes or stammering reduces drastically.
Share your strengths and weaknesses carefully. When they ask you to tell them about your strengths and weaknesses, answer them sincerely. You need not list out all your weaknesses unless you are specifically asked, "Are you good at such and such?" Tell more about your strengths, interests and passions and see to it that they somehow make you more fit for the job. Hence you are neither lying nor are you showing your weakness openly.
Don’t argue. Arguing is another suicidal attempt in an interview. Convince your interviewer of what you intend to convey in a diplomatic and soft manner. Avoid arguments and verbal fights. Without your knowledge, the interviewer may be playing a stress test on you to see if you can handle stress situations well. The interviewers are human after all and they wouldn’t really like a candidate who argues thereby leaving a negative mark about you in the score sheet. This is also an important test and disqualification is certain even though you might have passed all other (like technical and quantitative aps) tests well.
Show that you are eager to learn more. All institutions prefer employees who are eager to learn more. Showing traits of eagerness to learn and do more in the interview by being more inquisitive about the company, nature of the job, the future prospects can leave a positive mark about you in the interviewer's mind. Don’t overdo it though!
Be careful about body language and dressing style. Body language can speak a lot about your character and personality. The interviewer is usually very well trained in reading body language and extracting all details about your personality. Be careful of your body language and seek professional guidance if possible. 99% or companies prefer people with a professional touch and a proper professional dressing sense is the first key in assessing your professionalism. Avoid T-shirts and jeans. Full sleeve shirts with a tie would be a good option.
Be fresh during the interview period. See to it that you get a good night's sleep before the interview day. Try not to stress yourself out before the interview starts. Wash your face and drink some energy drinks before going into the hall so that you don't run out of energy half way through! Only then can you show your true capabilities.
Never try to memorize and reproduce stuff. There are some questions that can be predicted beforehand and a good deal of research and preparations can greatly enhance your performance at the interview. Reading about the company, the business they are into, and knowing new ideas of improving the business can be fields that can help as questions from these fields is almost certain. However, see to it that you never memorize these things and try to reproduce it there. In the tense atmosphere, reproducing the memorized facts becomes very tough and even if you somehow manage to explain, the interviewer sees you as an individual with no originality and as someone who can just reproduce work that someone has done. Obtain facts and shape it according to your likes and deliver it in your own language. This gives you more time to research facts (as you don't have to waste time memorizing now) and deliver a better performance at the interview.
Practice the above steps a few times in your mock interview sessions and I am sure you can do your interview very well. All the best for a successful interview!