Seven top tips for a Successful Interview

Are you looking for tips for a successful interview? Remember that only you can make your interview successful or otherwise. Below are given some tips that will only help you proceed in the right direction.

1- Be prepared

2- Let the mirror judge you

3- Be Humorous But Not Discourteous

4- Dress Appropriately

5- Watch Your Tone

6- Keep Yourself Updated About the Interview Timings and Venue

7- Never be late

Be Prepared

No interview is the same but there are some common things that you can expect out of all of them. For the things that you can expect, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be prepared. The key is to practice delivering the answers to the most commonly asked questions as much as you can.

It doesn’t matter what kind of firm it is, there are some general questions that are always expected from the interviewer.  Here are listed some common questions, the answers to which you must prepare before heading to an interview.

  • What is your future goal?
  • How much do you know about the organization for which you are applying?
  • How can you make a difference in this particular organization?
  • What can you tell about yourself?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your strong points?
  • How much salary are you expecting?
  • What can you tell about your past work experience?
  • Why did you leave your old job?
  • Is there something you would like to us the interviewer?
  • How do you judge yourself?
  • Are you ready to commit long term?

Write down the answers to such questions and edit them over and over again until you are sure that you are going to project only a positive and promising picture of yourself.

Let the Mirror Judge You

tips for a successful interview

Rehearse the answers to these questions in front of a mirror so that you are able to find flaws in your body language. The answers you give to the interviewer should carry a meaning, and so should your gestures supporting them. You shouldn’t move a lot in your seat and your hand gestures should remain soft and minimal. This is not the time to be pointing fingers.

Also remember not to slouch in the chair. Sit upright with a pleasant smile and a confident posture. It is always good to rehearse in the clothes that you have decided to wear on the day of the interview. If there is anything you don’t like about it, then change. Don’t think about it.

You Can Be Humorous But Not Discourteous

There are always a few questions that are best handled with a bit of a humour. For instance, ‘What are your weaknesses?’ This can be a tricky question. Many candidates reveal more than they have to or is required.

You can either answer the question with a bit of humour like ‘My grandma’s muffins,’ or you can make one of your positives sound like a weakness. For example, ‘I am a perfectionist!’ or ‘I am a workaholic.’

Dress Appropriately

It might sound cliché but if you are really looking for tips for a successful interview, then you cannot ignore your dressing. Always dress according to the occasion. Of course there has to be a difference in attire if you go to an interview in a multinational firm or if you go to a local pub for the job of a bartender.

However, for both such places, there is one similar requirement from your apparel and that is that it should be neat and tidy along with your body and your hair. A shabby appearance is not preferred for any job description.

Watch Your Tone

Your tone should be polite but firm without it being aggressive. Open your mouth and make a clear statement; don’t mumble or whisper. Speak with confidence but it should have a note of humility in it.

Use of slang or remembering past experiences that can incur negative emotions is prohibited in an interview. Make an eye contact with the interviewer without glaring into them.

Keep Yourself Updated About the Interview Timings and Venue

Once you receive the request of showing up on the interview, you must keep correspondence with the office so that you are notified if the timings or venue of the interview has changed.

Never be late

No excuse for coming in late to the interview is acceptable. If you come late, then you have already given advantage to other candidates over yourself. Be on time; calculate the distance beforehand so that you are not late.

These were some tips for a successful interview. Remember, the more you prepare the more confident you will be.

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