Make sure your resume explains the actual you: When it comes to interview, its less about what you have done and more about how. This is the most sensitive part where most of the applicants fail. There are generally two kinds of applicants seen
- one who do not know, how to express themselves in their resume
- other who would exaggerate way too much on their resume
They both are turn-off for the interviewers. It is must that you should create an image of you in the resume. Something “you are” or “you have” or “you have been” and not something “you were not” or “you could have” or “you could have been”. Remove anything that hardly means or explains you. For eg: You finished Bachelors in Computer Science and it is obvious that you have done some programming languages course during your semesters. Everyone knows that. What could turn-on your interviewer is your achievements in those programming languages such as any projects you coded in past which possibly you could also demo it to them.
Study your resume and know everything about it: Make sure that you know everything written on your resume. Its your resume afterall. How can you not know about something that explains about you and is prepared by you?
Research the company you’ve applied: It makes you look smarter if you know about the company. The interviewers might get a friendly or homely vibes with such interviewee who knows about company. It also expresses your interest to the company.
Research the position and background of the job you’ve applied: This is helpful as it also lets you decide whether or not this job is suitable for you. If you have background, you might get chance to express innovative ideas during interview.
Choose Outfits wisely: Outfits differ from job nature and job position. Do not overdress or poorly dress. Take suggestions from friends and dress accordingly based on the need of your job. Hygiene, cleanliness is very important. Even you would not want to sit next to a stinky or dirty co-worker, would you?
Be on time: Interview is the technically the first day when you are visiting the office. You certainly don’t wanna be late specifically on that day. Reach earlier if possible so that you can help yourself settle down or may be make few eye-research on the site.
Happy and Positive Gestures: Your gesture expresses your attitude. Everyone wants to work in a happy and positive environment. Even you would. Thus, it is very important for you to set very happy and positive gesture. Your interviewer might stress-test you by some questions you might not like. Take it easy and answer them politely. Greet your interviewers as necessary.
Rehearse Interview Basics & Common Question’s Answer: It is very important to at least prepare for basic question’s answer. Some of them are listed below. As an interviewer, I would not be happy to shortlist those who are at least not sure about below basic questions.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should we hire you?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Why do you want to leave (or have left) your current job?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Why do you want this job?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
Consider going through this article “Things to consider while writing your Resume/ CV“