Cracking an interview is a tough task, and it becomes ten times difficult when you actually want the job. Isn’t that right? Anybody can just show up for a job interview and give a mediocre performance, but if you really need the job, you have got to let the interviewer know how much the opportunity means to you, and what better way of doing that than showing the interviewer what you’re capable of?
So, here are 5 tips that will help you make a great impression on your interviewer and help you bag that job you always wanted!
1. First Impression Matters Most
Like the famous saying goes, “First impression is the last impression” might not necessarily be completely true, but we cannot deny the fact that making a good first impression is extremely important if you want to be considered as a possible candidate. Be that good guy from all the movies you’ve seen who’s always on time, dresses up nicely and is polite to everyone. Doing that will get half your job done, and you will be one step closer to getting that job.
2. As Difficult As It May Seem, Be Confident
The level of nervousness you might feel when you’re going for an interview is equally proportionate to how badly you want the job you’re applying for. It is impossible not to be nervous, but make sure that you give yourself a nice pep talk in front of the mirror before setting out for that interview. If you want, you could even play SRK’s 70 minute dialogue from Chak De India before going to the interview to pump yourself up! Who knows? It just might work! However, don’t confuse confidence with being cocky. Trust us, nobody likes that.
3. Make Your Resume Stand Out
An interviewer or an HR gets hundreds of resumes in a day, why should they pick yours? Give them a reason to! Catch their attention. You know yourself and your qualifications best, why not try to create something more creative out of your resume? Make sure you’re not too over-enthusiastic and don’t go overboard either. If your field of work does not allow you to be creative, you can always go for something smart and relevant. For example, being organized is something that’s very impressive. Take Monica from Friends for instance. Okay, not as organized as her, but you get the gist.
4. Be Honest
You do not want to start a relationship based on lies, be it with your boss or anyone else. Be frank and express your views, just make sure you’re not being rude to someone else’s opinions. If you don’t know something, say so. If you do know everything, please do not try to be the ‘know it all’ because sometimes it can get extremely annoying. Take Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory for instance. We love him and all, but what would we not give for him to shut up every once in a while!
5. Always Ask For Feedback
Whether you do or don’t get the job, always make sure you ask for a feedback from the interviewer before you take their leave. This helps you grow as a person and a professional and also helps you not repeat the same mistakes over and over. Even if after trying with all your might you do not get the job, don’t be sour about it. Act maturely no matter how much it hurts and learn to improve from your mistakes. Don’t be immature like Joey from Friends. There’s a reason why the guy did not have a steady job for a long time!
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