You had waited long enough for the interview call and it is going to happen in a couple of minutes. What do you usually feel at such a given situation? Panic? Excitement? Anxiety? Confidence? After the numerous rounds of the hiring process, you have finally been called for an interview; but as the clock ticks away, your heart could beat faster and nervousness could sink in.
Follow these tips to avoid all sort of negative feelings before the interview and come over as a successful candidate. CareerIndia presents 10 tips to follow 15 minutes before an interview:
It is better to be an hour early than minutes late for an interview. That is because you get ample time to look around, know the environment better and prepare yourself when you are early. You have a golden opportunity to make use of. Do not ruin it by not being punctual. Especially if the venue is a new place, start early so that you will not have trouble with time while you figure out the way.
Skim Through Important Topics
Now that you had arrived early at the venue, you have ample time to prepare or revise the topics that you expect would be asked. You could research them on your mobile/laptop and check them out. Being the qualified person that you already are, just a glance through the important topics can remind you of various topics that you could make use of while answering technical questions.
Stay On Trend
While you have taken sufficient care to be on trend with your outward appearance, it's time to do some grooming for the brain and you can give it a quick makeover in your waiting time. Majority of the offices will have a newspaper lying in the waiting room. Grab it and go through today's headlines or the news relevant to your field. Stay updated with the current affairs. If you are there to be interviewed for the post of a techie, read the current technology updates. Connect your relevance with the current affairs and strike the right chord with your interviewer.
First, relax. You have been shortlisted because the employer has found you deserving. So don't let negative thoughts ruin the day for you. Let go of all the thoughts that deter your confidence and keep calm.
Relax Your Body
If your mind fails to relax, then it's time to help it with your body. Drink some water and take a deep breathe. Also, it is natural to feel the call of nature right before the interview and you must not suppress it. Ask for the restroom and clear your bowels. Now, you will be good to go and will be able to talk confidently without hindrance.
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Look Into The Mirror
You could carry a hand mirror or use the selfie camera on your mobile to check yourself out before the interview. This helps in self-assurance. You would have already taken utmost care to get dressed well. Now, just look at the mirror and smile. You will see a confident person smiling back at you and understand that's what you want to be. So look good and feel good.
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Its okay to rehearse a comfortable posture before you have your interview session. There are some standard postures that are advisable. Sitting straight with your hands on the lap could be the ideal posture. However, choose the one that you feel comfortable and yet professional so that you need not worry about it during the interview.
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Being attentive is one quality that you need to practise before the interview. Although you are obsessed about your interview and how it might go, do not let it show on your face. Be friendly to people around. Talk politely even to your fellow candidates. Your attitude will be noted.
In the urge to remember all the details, don't memorise the concepts or how you want to talk. Have the information in mind but do not do it spontaneously, lest it might not look natural. Avoid repeating instructions in your mind and keep calm.
Induce Positive Thoughts
Positive thinking is the key to success. So practise visualising positive results. You will feel way better just with that thought. So believe that you will crack the interview process and you will. Leave out anything else that is pulling you back. You are going to make it this time for sure.