Picture this: You’re a job candidate up for a role in a popular organization. You’ve got the experience and referrals, and you’ve even managed to land an interview. So, come interview time, you’re pretty confident about your chances. Weeks later, you still haven't heard from the interviewer or the company.
Despite your interview skills or level of experience, many candidates find themselves in a job search black hole. Although it’s easy to blame interviewers — after all, they may receive more than 100 applications per opening — you may be inadvertently raising some red flags.
Interviewers meet more people in an afternoon than most of us do in a year. Sometime we end up making mistake and we don’t even realize we made them.
Here are some interview tips will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace a job interview -
Not to sound cliché, but first impression lasts way longer than the first sentence you speak. People often neglect their outlook when going for an interview, as they do not realize the importance of dressing and the overall outlook in impressing the interviewer. Honestly, it’s the way you dress up set the initial tone during an interview.
Outfit - You cannot show up in jeans and a T shirt and still hope to be taken seriously. Do not choose to wear an odd color since you might end up looking ridiculous. Make sure that the clothes you wear to an interview have been freshly cleaned and are free of wrinkles.
Shoes Make sure that the shoes that you wear are clean and traditional. Nothing can leave a worse impression than a person wearing dirty shoes to an interview. For women, wearing unprofessional and uneasy shoes gives the wrong signal.
Hair: Your hair should be freshly washed and neatly styled. Long, open and unruly hair leaves an unprofessional impression. For women, it is ideal to wear their hair up rather than leaving it down, men should trim the hair so that they give a neat and professional impression.
Perfume: While smelling good is always a plus, make sure that you do not drench yourself in cologne as it can have a detrimental effect. Wearing too much perfume creates an uneasy aura when you are sitting with the interviewer in a closed room.
Not being able to answer the question "What do you know about this company?" may just land you in trouble, at least with this employer. Before the interview, prepare yourself well in advance. Find out what’s new with the company, share prices, the interviewer and your industry. It’s not uncommon for companies to be pretty active on social service website, so check the company's LinkedIn page and Facebook page to find some additional information.
In addition, tailor your answers to your findings. For instance, if the company recently added a new department, say something like, “I saw that you added a new department, which shows your commitment to growth and sustainability — both of which I admire in a company.”
Talking over your interviewer is the biggest mistake that interview candidates don't realize they're making. This is usually from nervousness, but as a result, the candidates outtalk the interviewer and don't engage in active listening.
On the other hand, there are other set of candidates, who out of nervousness answer a question with a word or two. Sometimes they end up mumbling and using poor grammar; saying "ummm" or "you know" or "like" too often.
So, even though you shouldn't talk too much, you do want to be responsive and fully answer the question as best you can. Inability to listen is huge. Instead, listen up and watch more subtle clues—like your interviewer's body language. If she's shifting back and forth or clearing her throat, it's time to let her get to the next question.
Even if you have submitted a resume when you applied for the job, you may also be asked to fill out a job application. Make sure you know the information you will need to complete an application including dates of prior employment, graduation dates, salary, and employer contact information etc which must tally with your resume.
Badmouthing Past Employers:
It’s very easy to badmouth about a person you know you will never encounter professionally. When asked a “why did you quit your previous job”, be creative enough to come up with a tactful reason as to why you're leaving. Otherwise, to most of the interviewers, that's a huge red flag that you're not mature enough to know not to do it. You also don't want the interviewer to think that you might speak in the same way about his or her company if you leave on terms that aren't the best.
Forget to Follow Up:
Even if you are afraid you didn't make the best impression, or sure that you aced the interviewed, either way, be sure to follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position and the company. But don't just send a letter to every person who you interviewed with—thank them instead by mentioning a personal connection or a particular detail that you discussed.
You don’t acknowledge your mistakes:
Be well-groomed, and be on time. Call/ email if you are stuck up in traffic. That happens pretty often in metros. While one of the minor misbehavior may not deep-six your prospects of landing the job, you should still acknowledge it and move on. Mistakes are OK and acceptable. No one is perfect—or needs to be. The bigger red flag, both say, is someone who can't admit their missteps. If you make a mistake, own up to it.
Forgetting your manners:
A handshake is actually important. It's a totally stupid thing, but some interviewers pay attention. Your firm, confident handshake tells you whether that person is an introvert or an extrovert. If it's a sales job, you have to have a healthy handshake.
Scoring the perfect score in an interview is more than just having the right qualifications. Your personality, dressing sense, the way you talk and the level of confidence you exhibit during the interview, are all very important factors that help the interviewer in deciding your future. So make sure that you are fully prepared to make the best impression as soon as you enter the room.. However, bear in mind that your dress alone will not do the job; you have to be well prepared and confident during the interview as well.
Best of luck,