Face2Face Interviews

Most of us would have faced this most dreaded situation in our lifetime. With palms perspiring and a dry mouth, the so-called F2F interview brings in a temporary illness called Interview Phobia. I have tried to list few points in this post which will boost your mind cells during the phase and help in sealing the deal!

  1. Do your homework thoroughly: As soon as you receive a confirmation for the interview, you’ll need to start your preparations
    • Understand the role expectations and jot down the points about your own experiences which matches with the expectations
    • find out more about the organization, their main business, products, their clients and study some of their case studies if available
    • keep copies of your resume, certificates, experience letters and other documents ready, neatly arranged in a folder
    • find out the address of the interview venue and the directions to reach the same well in advance, plan out your mode of transportation on the D-day in order to avoid last minute panics
  2. Practice maketh a man perfect: note down your answers on few standard, generic questions. This will help in displaying confidence during the conversation
    • tell me about yourself – this is one of the common questions which also acts like a ice breaker. Most of the time the answer to this question decides your future. Keep your answer simple, honest and stress on points which bring you closer to the job.
    • what do you consider as your strengths (or weakness) – you answer to this question can push you into deep pit if it is not handled properly. Always keep the job description in mind while answering these questions. Focus should be on your positive points that is required for the job. Weaknesses should be dealt carefully and best way is to tell the way you are working on improving your weakness. Again, the answers should be realistic as far as possible.
    • why do you want to join our company – this question can be a quick one if you have done your research on the company and have framed your reasons based on them
    • why did you leave your previous company – important thumb rule is never ever bad mouth your previous company. That is seen as highly unprofessional and your personality will be at stakes. It is always best to keep your reasons for exiting a company purely on a positive note. It is also good for your own mental health, as it avoids carrying a negative attitude towards the previous company or a manager. Moving on towards betterment in life (whether professional or personal) is more important that harboring ill feelings.
  3. Personal etiquette: first impression always remain in minds. So presenting ourselves in a pleasant and professional manner is very crucial.
    • dress appropriately – wear a decent formal attire for the interview.
    • arrive in time – ensure you arrive atleast 30 minutes early so that you get few mins to adapt yourself to the place and people and complete any prerequisites like signing a form etc. calmly
    • be courteous to fellow beings – there is no harm in exchanging few words with the fellow candidates. Just ensure you do not over indulge or speak negatively with anybody
    • display warmth, honesty and humour – during the interview, be realistic in answering. It is always good to be honest and say you don’t know instead of faking out answers. Never jump to conclusions instead keep your answers open to challenges if required
    • never display your nervousness – it is very essential to calm your mind during the interview. Being nervous will put you in an embarrassing position and also make you lose your confidence. Never fidget with your pen or phone or keep looking at your watch etc. That one hour or so should be considered as the time you are spending with strangers trying to know about the role and benefits and letting them know how good a candidate you are for the position
    • pay attention – listen to what they say carefully before answering. Art of listening allows us to not only understand the question but will also help us frame our answers in mind even as they continue to speak. It is acceptable to politely ask for a particular question to be repeated or ask for more details in order to understand what is expected from us.
    • clarify the next steps – at the end of the interview, ask them your questions including the further process if necessary.
  4. Balance your body language: Having a good posture or a smile will portray your image as a valuable candidate. Few points on right body language to be noted are –
    • firm handshake
    • maintain a good posture throughout. No hunching or crouching etc.
    • maintain eye contact while speaking to people
    • smile when possible
    • suitable hand movements while answering not only shows our confidence but will also demand complete attention of the interviewers
    • exhibit your interest – show that you are genuinely interested in the conversation, ask questions if required to know more about the topic of discussion
    • being polite takes you long ways – politeness is always considered as one of the utmost characteristic of a person in all fields. There is no use in working up our energies on others. Be polite and respect others.
    • leave the venue on a pleasant and positive note – it is ok to say that you are looking forward to hearing from them on the result. Wish them with a smile and tell them the interview process was an enriching experience. Departing with good words will again add on to our impressions.

Facing interviews get better and better with experience and honesty. I hope these little pointers help get your dream jobs. Please do share your experiences or tips.

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