Interview Tips

Make your CV Presentable

To land the job, you'll have to appear professional, confident, and capable so does your CV. In most cases a properly drafted CV can land you an interview opportunity against the ones that are poorly drafted.

An ill drafted CV screams to an interviewer that you are not serious about the job you are applying for as you have not taken the effort to prepare you CV in a presentable manner.

Before Interview - Tips

Review the Basics: Try to review the basics in your skill sets before going for the interview.

Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity: Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seekers part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you'll understand the employer, and the better you'll be able to answer interview questions. Information sources include the organization's website and other published materials, search engines, research tools, and your network of contacts.

Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Responses: Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. First, inquire as to the type of interview to expect (which you can do by asking your contact person at the organization). Your goal is composing detailed yet concise responses, focusing on specific examples and accomplishments. A good tool for remembering your responses is to put them into story form that you can tell in the interview. No need to memorize responses (in fact, it's best not to), but at least develop talking points.

Dress for Success: Dress that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it's always better to be overdressed than under -- and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview -- and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

Arrive on Time for the Interview -- and Prepared for Success: There is no excuse for ever arriving late for an interview -- other than some sort of disaster. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace.

  • The day before the interview, pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those along too. Finally, remember to pack several pens and a pad of paper to jot notes.

  • Finally, as you get to the offices, shut off your cell phone. (And if you were chewing gum, get rid of it.)

Make Good First Impressions - to Everyone You Encounter: A cardinal rule of interviewing: Be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet -- from parking attendant or receptionist to the hiring manager. Employers often are curious how job applicants treat staff members -- and your job offer could easily be derailed if you're rude or arrogant to any of the staff.

First When it's time for the interview, keep in mind that first impressions -- the ones interviewers make in the first few seconds of greeting you -- can make or break an interview. Make a strong first impression by dressing well, arriving early, and when greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (neither limp and nor bone-crushing) handshake.

During Interview - TIPS

  • Show you are genuinely interested for the said company.
  • Never brag / overrate your skill set as defined in the Job description. Stick to whatever you know best.
  • Don't demand unreasonable hike from your current salary.
  • Don't hide to HR about your career path if you have done too much leapfrogging in the past companies.
  • Try to speak slowly Don't speak too fast while explaining the concepts to the interviewer.
  • Never lose you calm or patience during the discussion.
  • Try to listen the question carefully & completely before starting to answer.
  • Be Authentic, Upbeat, Focused, Confident, Candid, and Concise. Once the interview starts, the key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions. At the same time, your goal is to get to the next step, so you'll want to provide focused responses that showcase your skills, experience, and fit -- with the job and the employer. Provide solid examples of solutions and accomplishments -- but keep your responses short and to the point.
  • Remember Body Language, Avoiding Bad Habits. While the content of your interview responses is paramount, poor body language can be a distraction at best -- or a reason not to hire you at worst.
  • Be as enthusiastic as possible.
  • Display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye-contact.
  • Effective forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.
  • Detrimental forms of body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.
  • Ask Insightful Questions. Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant's interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Thus, even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you must ask a few questions.
  • Ask relevant, thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments, as this can show that you're genuinely interested in the role and really listening to the interviewer.
  • Avoid talking about any personal problems.
  • Remember that having a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm for the job and employer are vital in the initial stages of the interview; studies show that hiring managers make critical decisions about job applicants in the first 20 minutes of the interview.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job. Never close the door on an opportunity.
  • Thank Interviewer(s) in Person & by Email later.