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Hired: The Dos and Don’ts of Giving an Interview

Hired: The Dos and Don’ts of Giving an Interview

Be confident and calm during the job interview

We all know how difficult it is to get out of college and then score your first job; considering that most freshers are spoon-fed in college. But ironically, not with the kind of life skills that would help them in real life- like the dos and don’ts of interviews. Here’s a guide to help you crack your first interview without cracking your own brain!

1. Attire

Suit up

Dos:

  • Ensure that you’re dressed to impress.
  • Wear formals. A plain shirt and a pair of well-fitted trousers should do it.

Don’ts:

  • Pairing up a shirt with denims is not appropriate for work; AVOID JEANS!
  • Keep the make-up and accessories to a bare minimum; you are not going to a party!

2. Body Language

Don’t be late

Dos:

  • Reach the venue 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview timing. Being late is inexcusable and reaching a little early never harmed anyone.
  • Greet your interviewer first, it’s considered good manners. Also, remember to smile.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid smoking right before the interview because chewing-gums will not help. Would you interview someone who reeks of cigarette smoke?
  • Don’t be too talkative. Try to keep your answers crisp and to-the-point; if you be a good listener, so will your interviewer.

3. During the interview

Open your mind before opening your mouth

Dos:

  • Take your time to answer the questions thrown at you (not too long though). Make sure you understand the context and motive of the question well before answering it.
  • Remember to observe the interviewer’s behaviour towards you and the treatment you received during the interview. It’s a two-way street; you should get accustomed with the ways of a company before you join it.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t lie. Be honest about all your qualifications and remember to discuss your technical knowledge in a brief but impressive manner.
  • Do not use expletives because profanity in the corporate world is always frowned upon.

4. When introduced to the Boss

Brag less and you shall be heard

Dos:

  • Be confident. Remember to feel comfortable in your own skin and greet your to-be boss with a firm handshake. Describe your achievements the way you would to your friends; with the same enthusiasm but sans the expletives and casualness.
  • When discussing your salary package, remember your market worth and start by quoting a number higher than that.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t settle for anything. Remember what your qualifications are and be your own judge. Ask yourself if you deserve the position and package being offered; if not, don’t forget that this is just the first interview of your life.
  • Don’t oversell yourself. Nobody wants to hire an employee who boasts about their work rather than doing it.

5. When you get ‘The Nod’

Oh, YES

Dos:

  • It’s imperative to re-confirm your designation and job profile as explicitly as possible before accepting your job. Clear all your doubts right away because once you have been hired you will not have the privilege to change your list of duties.
  • Before you thank your interviewer for their time, thoroughly discuss your working hours and the personal/medical leaves you would be entitled to. While this may not be a priority for some, it’s always good to be inquisitive. You never know what else the company has to offer!

Don’ts:

  • Don’t accept the job right away. Request your interviewer to grant you a day’s time to consider the offer. It is a very standard request in the corporate world which is usually responded in the affirmative, don’t worry; you won’t lose your new job!
  • Don’t lose your composure because of the good news. You mustn’t forget that you’re still in a corporate office.

Listen to your favourite happy song before you reach the venue so that you are calm enough for your interview. And most importantly, if you believe in yourself, being a fresher cannot hold you back. Go for that interview tomorrow and I assure you, you will get the job!

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