An interview may be the last obstacle between you and your dream job. Going past the job interview may open a myriad of opportunities. However, since a job interview does not last for more than 15 to 20 minutes, any mistake that you make there may cost you way more than you can imagine. That is why it is important for you to do things that will leave a good, lasting impression.
Now the challenge here is that most graduates who are fresh out of college do not have much of an idea about what is the expected course of action in a job interview. Even for those who have been in the industry for long, sometimes it becomes difficult to figure out what they must do to stand out in a job interview.
Hence, both these sets of people end up making mistakes without realising that they are doing so. Irrespective of which category you fall in, this article will help you set your career on the right track by providing you with 5 tips about things to do that will leave a lasting impression at interviews.
1. Research On The Company
When a prospective employer is offering you a job it is safe to assume that they are doing the same for hundreds of others. In order to beat the other 99 in this rat race and establish your stand, you need to show them that you are interested in the job. The easiest way to do so is to do some research on the firm.
This will make them feel that you are one amongst them even before you have joined the firm. Needless to say, this increases your chances of bagging a job. Try to tell them something about the firm which they themselves do not know.
While learning about the firm make sure that you do not restrict yourself to the company website alone. Try consulting other websites like Glassdoor, Naukri.com for reviews. Any information with respect to the corporate social responsibilities and other ventures of the company will earn you brownie points with the recruiters.
2. Do Not Try Too Hard
By this we do not mean that you should not be serious about the job or that you should take it too lightly. However, at the same time ensure that you do not appear too desperate. Doing so will make them from a very bad impression about you.
In case you attempt to do so, you may land yourself with the job but surviving and thriving in the same will be a challenge. Hence, the best thing that you can do in order to make a lasting impression in a job interview is to be yourself. This will make the recruiters respect you for your integrity and increase your chances of getting hired.
Make it very clear that you are interested in the job role and that you would happily work in the same company, but at the same time you are not overtly desperate and that you would survive without the job as well.
3. Talk About What You've Mentioned In Your Resume/Cover Letter
This particular act has dual advantages. First and foremost, it is important to realise that your prospective employer must be getting tens and hundreds of applications like yours. The fact that you have been called for the interview assures you that they must have read your letter; but it no way assures you that they will be remembering details of the same.
Also, in case of MNCs, the person who has read your resume and shortlisted you for the interview may not conduct your interview. Thus, it is always a good practise to reiterate things that are written in your resume. Secondly, by speaking out all that you have written, you are giving mental images to your recruiter, thereby, interesting them.
4. Be Specific
There will be certain questions in the interview which may be answered either generically or in a more detailed manner. Those questions are set particularly in order to assess your attitude. Make sure that you do not give generic answers to these. Avoid usage of phrases like, "I have worked in a number of different domains" or "I have a diverse range of hobbies".
Rather go on to speak at length about what your hobbies are or which are the domains that you have worked in. Often the amount you are ready to open up about a particular subject speaks volumes about how interested you are in the same.
The recruiters are trained and experienced enough to access these things from the way you answer the questions. Hence, make it a point to cast a lasting impression in a job interview by being very specific about the questions that you answer.
5. Have A Positive Outlook
Being optimistic is something that pays off both in the short as well as long run. Remember that when you are attending a job interview, you are hoping to bag that job and make a fresh start to your career. If you carry the pessimism of your past job as you make your way to it, you are bound to fail.
Your recruiter is bound to force that and in view of that reject you for the said job. In order to avoid such a thing from happening, you must ensure that you do not mention anything negative about your past job in the job interview. Some questions that will be asked to you may be negative in nature. Tactfully approach the questions and ensure that you are able to answer any question in a positive manner.