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/
Job interviews are sacrosanct. You do not want to goof up at them at any cost, be it fresher level or higher up. However, a good interview can turn bad because of the interviewee’s body language. Having good domain skills are not enough these days. The way you behave also matters. Here is a list (in descending order) of five body language blunders that turn off interviewers.
5. Looking lazy or too aggressive
Do not lean back – you will look lazy. Do not lean forward- you will look aggressive. Just sit naturally – straight – you will look alert and comfortable. Also do not cross your arms. This shows defensiveness – like you are holding yourself back. HR people are good at reading people’s mind. Hence look comfortable, natural and confident.
4. Avoiding eye contact
Look calmly at the interviewer during the conversation. Do not stare or look away while speaking. Understand that you can say a lot through eyes too. A confident gaze will get him to believe that you are up for the task and challenges.
3. Constant nodding
Do not be in the habit of nodding and agreeing to everything the interviewer says. This shows you are more of a ‘yes’ person. At times, recruiters throw tricky questions to just gauge your yesman-ship. They don’t want a definitive answer but a probable and best one.
4. Weak handshakes
There is nothing worse than a weak handshake to start off or end an interview. A firm handshake is a sign of authority and confidence. A close-fisted handshake is a sign of an aggressive and over confident personality. Just be calm. Also, if the interviewee is a lady and doesn’t offer her hand, don’t go about making the gesture.
5. Looking at the clock
Some interviews can drag on for a long time. Still, if you want to have the job, avoid peeking at the wrist watch or the wall clock while you are in the middle of a conversation with the interviewer. Avoid giving them hints that you are short of time or unavailable.
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