Most of us harbor a healthy fear of facing an interview. It is a natural fear, born of facing the unknown. A few butterflies in the stomach are perfectly okay; in fact, it helps to keep you alert to the task at hand. Yet, a lot of people are overcome with this fear, and fail to perform to their best potential.
So, how do you overcome this fear? By preparing well, and following the Ten Commandments of the interview process. Follow them, and you will not go wrong-
Do a SWOT analysis of yourself. SWOT means strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Align your strengths and opportunities to the job description, and analyze how you will overcome your weaknesses and threats.
Research the company. Look up at its official website, check its annual reports to learn of expansion and diversification plans and talk to present employees. Rehearse the interview with a friend, colleague or family members.
Prepare a list of common questions and their answers. The questions should include both what the interviewer will ask you, and what you will ask the interviewer at the end of the interview.
Dress conservatively. Reach the venue 15 minutes early. Mind you body language. And smile!
Answer precisely and crisply. Give practical examples of your skills and strengths. Be honest in your answers; if you don't understand a question, say so. If you don't know an answer, admit it.
Be calm and composed during the interview. If you feel that the interview is not going well, don't get frustrated; sometimes the interviewer may attempt to put you under pressure to gauge your reactions to pressure situations. Don't get disappointed if expected salary is not discussed or a definite offer is not made.
In the end, the interviewer will typically ask you to put up any questions on your part. Use the chance to ask the questions that you had prepared beforehand. This will reiterate your interest in the job. It is okay to ask the interviewer as to when the final decision regarding the hiring will be made.
Immediately after the interview is over, make a written evaluation of your performance. Note down the questions asked and your responses. Note down any further areas of possible improvement.
Do follow up. Send a brief and professional thank you letter to the interviewers within 24 hours of the interview (you can send this over e-mail). Thank them for the opportunity and giving their time, and reiterate your interest in the position.
If an offer is made, make your decision and convey it within the time frame mentioned in the offer letter. If no such time frame is mentioned, one to two weeks is a reasonable time. Send a reply even if you don't accept the offer. In case of a negative response, do not lose heart. Keep trying. Learn from your experience and improve the next time.
An interview is the most crucial part of the selection process, and you can succeed in it by following the strategy of the Ten Commandments. So, go ahead, prepare yourself well for the D-Day, follow the Ten Commandments, and nothing can stop you from achieving success in the interview. Be yourself, and enjoy the experience. Wish you all the best!
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