How to Successfully Pass the Job Interview
Here are some of the DO’S:
- ALWAYS ARRIVE 20 MINUTES EARLY. This will ensure that you are not nervous and will give you plenty of time to prepare. Make up your mind to SMILE! SMILE! SMILE through the interview because this is your final examination, you are not going to get the opportunity for a rain check, and therefore, you are going to get that job if your life depended on it.
- Make sure you take a trip to the rest room before you go in. Interviewees are always nervous so sweaty hands result. Make a trip to the rest room before the interview to check your hair, teeth, makeup, etc. Please also wash and dry your hands before. You will NOT get a goodbye handshake if you don’t.
- Make sure you have plenty of breath mints handy. Bad breath is a sure way to turn off the interviewer; especially if the interview is behind closed doors.
- Check your nose hair, trim your eyebrows.
- Men: Avoid coloring your hair to make a good impression. There is nothing worse than a man trying to pass off as a younger man. Women, however, can get away with it—it is even recommended.
- Always make sure your hair is neatly trimmed and cut to a professional length. Curls and fluff will NOT get you through an interview.
- Men: No long hair, handle bar mustaches or overgrown beards. Keep it short and professional. You can always grow it back once you get the job! No earrings, thick gold chains, or nose rings either.
- ATTITUDE: Make sure it is positive today. Use positive words, like yes, instead of no.
- TALK ABOUT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS: How your involvement SAVED or MADE the company money, Reduced expenses, Solved problems, Saved time, Trained users, show Value to your employer.
- ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH
- ALWAYS BE POSITIVE
- TAKE NOTES, but only after Asking PERMISSION TO DO SO.
- ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING, WHO YOU WILL INTERACT WITH, ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS
- EXUDE CONFIDENCE. (You are the expert on what you have done. Don’t be shy about your abilities).
- Take a copy of your references, and 3-4 nicer copies of your resume to hand out to each interviewer. Also take copies of written references.
- If asked, give examples of when you failed and how you overcame it. Explain that you did not view this as failure. It was a learning experience.
WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR:
- HAS A STABLE WORK HISTORY
- IS RESPONSIBLE
- CAN TAKE DIRECTION
- IS MANAGEABLE/MANAGE IF REQUIRED
- HAS THE ABILITY TO DO THE JOB
- HAS A WILLINGNESS TO DO THE JOB
- HAS GREAT COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- HAS GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS
- CAN BLEND WITH COMPANY CULTURE
- IS A TEAM PLAYER
Studies have shown that body language (neurolinguistics) is very important during any face-to-face meeting. People like to be around those who are like themselves. Watch your interviewer closely. If s/he leans forward, he wants to know more about you and is interested, so lean forward too. If s/he sits back in his chair, he is listening and evaluating, so sit back too. If he smiles, he is happy, so smile in return. If s/he crosses legs, NEVER cross yours, but mimic the hand gestures. S/He will be taking notes, so ask permission to do that too. For the rest, here are some tips:
- FIRM HANDSHAKE (Not sweaty) should last 3-5 seconds. Do not initiate at first meeting, but extend your hand first AFTER the meeting when you are ready to leave.
- CONCENTRATE ON THE POSTURE OF INTERVIEWER. MIMIC POSTURE.
- SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! (Genuinely) People like happy people around them.
- KEEP AND MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT but do not stare.
- DON’T touch mouth, fidget, or play with your hands frequently. It shows nervousness. Do occasionally use your hands to express yourself and steeple your palms while thinking. It shows confidence (All great speakers use it).
- GLASSES. If you wear them only for reading, take them off while talking and put them back on while reading. But if you wear them all the time, then PLEASE DO KEEP THEM ON. Try not to wear tinted lenses, because eye contact is essential for good communication.
- ASK WHERE TO SIT and sit only AFTER your interviewer sits down. DO NOT TAKE OFF OR OPEN UP THE BUTTONS OF YOUR JACKET.
LUNCHES: This is a crucial make-or-break time when an employer really can judge about personality.
- DO NOT order wine, even if your interviewer does. Just ask for water.
- Wait for him/her to order and order something similar in the same price range.
- Order a small easy to eat portion, never order spaghetti, which may stain your clothes. Do not take seconds. You will need to eat less, so you can keep speaking.
- DO NOT order dessert. Set you glass to the right side at the head of your plate and not on the side or your plate to avoid knocking it over.
- When talking, turn your fork and knife into an inverted v shape on your plate.
- When finished, turn fork and knife upside down in the center of your plate. And DO NOT ASK FOR A DOGGIE BAG even if your interviewer does.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NOT DO:
- DON’T TALK ABOUT SALARY. If pressured, tell them what you made NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT. Say your agency has requested the opportunity to negotiate.
- DON’T say you want MANAGEMENT: If there are no Management positions available, then you will NOT GET THE JOB. Say instead, I wish to find a good home and grow with a company.
- DO NOT TALK ABOUT RELIGION, POLITICS, or express your views on sensitive issues.
- DO NOT ASK ABOUT BENEFITS. The company is NOT hiring you for what it can do for you. They are hiring because of what you can do for them. Leave this question for your agent.
- DO NOT SAY I’M A GOOD LEARNER. The company is not paying you so you can learn. Say instead, that "I’m the kind of person, that if I do not know something, I will do whatever it takes, work nights, weekends to bring myself up to speed."
- DON’T EVER BADMOUTH YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER OR ANYONE ELSE. If asked why you are leaving your current job, say something like, "Our management styles are different, or I am ready for new challenges".
- DO NOT wear Cologne or Perfume. If your interviewer is allergic, he will cut the interview short and may not hire you.
- Make sure you stock up on breath fresheners. Interviews are usually held in small rooms and odor permeates.
GOOD LUCK AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DONE YOUR BEST TO GET THE JOB EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY LATER NOT WANT TO ACCEPT IT."
from IT International