Here is a small write up that could help you move from good to great.
Interview – Quality Time:
Ensure you know the basics:
- The time that you spend with the client at the Interview, needs to be quality time.
- This is an opportunity for you to highlight your positive points- your strengths.
- The client is looking for the right skill set, attitude, aptitude and values that match with the organization.
You must make a positive impression on the client.
- Client Name
- Date and time of the interview
- Position being interviewed for
- Role and Job Description
- The exact location of the company / Route Map
- Contact person and telephone number
- The name of the interviewer, his designation / panel size
- Website of the company
- Company’s Profile and Corporate culture
- Salary range as indicated by the client
- Carry a copy of your CV, 2 photographs and copies of your educational certificates and passport.
- Pay attention to you dress code and grooming
You must do sufficient research on the company. Also ensure that you do not misrepresent any of the factual data including:
Questions to expect at the interview
- Period of service
- Current remuneration
- Current position and Job description
- Previous employment data
- Family background
- Education background
Pitfalls to avoid during an interview
- Reason for leaving the present job
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- A valid explanation if there have been too many changes in jobs / industry
- Questions based on the job / specialization
- Any initiative undertaken in a previous job that has made a significant positive impact
- Current performance and quantifying it
- Career plans and where you see yourself in the next 5-7 years
- What do you know about the company you are seeking a job with?
- Personal likes / dislikes / hobbies / willingness to relocate
- Current salary and expected salary
- References from ex–employers
- Family details
Closing the interview
- Do not be late for an interview. If the circumstances are beyond your control ensure the consultant / client is informed well in advance
- Avoid a limp handshake
- Be conscious of your posture / body language (Don’t keep hands crossed across chest)
- Do maintain eye-contact
- Avoid any strong regional accents / colloquial usages while talking
- Avoid being either over aggressive or too meek at the interview
- Avoid usage of words / phrases you are not sure about
- Do not over emphasize on the remuneration / monetary benefits you are looking for
- Do not bad-mouth previous employer/s
- Be honest about the reasons for changing previous job/s
- Be forthright if you do not have enough knowledge about a particular question asked
- Do not overstate your past achievements
- Do not go for the interview without doing basic homework on the company / job / role / subject
- Do not overstate current salary
- Be positive and alert at all time during the interview
- Ask intelligent / relevant questions when the interviewer gives you a chance to learn more about the company.
- Do not be rude or impatient if the client asks probing questions- he may be checking your level of tolerance
- Avoid saying that you need to consult parents / friends etc to take a decision, rather ask for time to give a response
- Do not show discouragement if you feel the interview has not been positive
- Thank the interviewer for the time and opportunity provided
- Be cheerful and positive and show your eagerness to join the organization