Yesterday, one of the country’s biggest consultancy firms held campus recruitment, a.k.a. job interview session at our college.
The department invited the final year students, and we accordingly filed into the venue by the droves, eager to see what an actual interview was all about!
The professors had previously prepared us a little bit for the big day, and we could all feel butterflies in our stomachs as the names of those who had made it through the initial aptitude test were called out one by one for the interview.
Here are a few of the tips and tricks that I picked up from that experience, and I would like to share them with all of you about how to ace a job interview.
5 Ways to Ace a Job Interview
Confidence is probably not the first time you hear this, and it certainly won’t be the last, but confidence is the key to success in any job interview. The interviewers will only have faith in you if you have faith in yourself. Even the correct answer, delivered in a confused and unsure manner, may lead the interviewer to doubt your knowledge or competence. Self-belief is the best qualification you can carry into the interview chamber.
The first impression is the last. This saying holds doubly true when you go in for a job interview. Excessive focus on your appearance may make you seem shallow and superficial, while too little will make you look sloppy and careless. And again, there can be too much of a good thing.
It is essential on such an occasion to look both presentable and professional, with a neat, clean, and decent outfit paired with minimalistic make-up (in the case of women) and minimal accessories for both genders. Stick to formal clothes and avoid loud colors on this particular day.
An interview is a test of your verbal skills. You must present your professional knowledge succinctly and fluently, encompassing all the details within the interview time frame. It’s easier said than done. It requires an excellent command of the language used during the interview.
If this is not your first language, it might be helpful to invest in a class or tutorial to improve your fluency before the interview. Everything you say must be clear and understandable to the interviewer to judge your skills without language barriers or miscommunication hindering the process.
4. Curriculum Vitae
An impressive CV is essential if you want to land a job at a good company. It must be clear, neat, and concise and spell out your past achievements in all relevant fields. Do not add extra or unnecessary information. It may even be worthwhile to get professional help in preparing your perfect CV.
A musical award, while impressive, does nothing to prove your worthiness for a job in the production department of an FMCG manufacturing company. The CV must be relevant to the interview in question.
Try to get as much experience in the field as possible through part-time jobs and internships before applying for interviews, as this makes your CV look more impressive and improves your chances of landing a job.
All external factors notwithstanding, the most important thing you need to land your dream job is a thorough knowledge of the field you want to work in. Your knowledge, sincerity, and dedication are ultimately the things that will make you stand out from the rest.
Read extensively about the industry you want to work in, research market conditions, and make sure you have profound knowledge of the position you are interviewing for and the kind of work. Without understanding and ability, everything else will fall flat.
Now that you know how to prepare for your next job interview, ace it and get the job you have always dreamt of having! Give it all you’ve got, and best of luck for the future!