A job interview gives you the opportunity to not only showcase your capabilities and credentials for the position applied for but also makes a compelling impression to stand out from the competing candidates.
But you need to take care of a lot of factors such as preparation, physical appearance and body language to create a favourable impression. Brinda Dasgupta brings you suggestions from experts on how to ace the interview.
Get the basics right
Keep the fundamentals in mind while going for a job interview. Dressing sharply and being punctual are of prime importance. “Ideally, reach the interview venue at least 15 minutes before time. Don’t show yourself as being nervous; be calm when you head in for the meeting,” says Swapnil Kamat, CEO, Work Better Training.
Focus on the handshake
The handshake is absolutely essential in cementing a positive first impression. “Shake hands firmly with your interviewer(s). Your grip should not be limp, neither should it be bone-crushing,” says Kamat. The ideal handshake should last at least two or three seconds and be accompanied by eye contact with the interviewer.
Pay attention to body language
Hiring managers form impressions about candidates by observing their body language, such as facial ex pressions and their style of sitting. “Maintain a posi tive, open position. Posture is important; candidates can sit at an angle from the interviewer rather than straight across, which will feel friendlier rather than confrontational,” says Aditya Narayan Mishra, CEO, CIEL HR Services.
Don’t jump to negotiations
Do be sure to enquire about the job -its challenges, projects you will work on and the expectations from you in the role. “Don’t jump to ask salary or designation. This will create a negative impression,” says Mishra. PNSV Narasimham, global head of human resources, Cyient, says, “Demonstrate your fitment and interest in the role confidently, respectfully and enthusiastically.
Source : http://content.timesjobs.com/acing-interview-tips-real-life/
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