Getting a call for a Job interview is great. With the right skills and experience by your side- you are half way through the interview process when you get a call by the HR for a face to face interview. But how to give your best shot when you meet your interviewer at the day of your interview? Studies suggest that hiring managers interview an average of 4 candidates before making an offer. You need to differentiate yourself, and take out those other 3 losers.
From our experience, we have found repeated basic interviewing mistakes from candidates appearing for face 2 face interviews over many years. In today’s article we list the most easiest yet effective techniques which can be used for face to face interviews.
Here we list some practical ways to shine at face to face interviews:
- First impression is the last impression: We all know that making a great first impression and establishing a real connection is the key. So you Smile, make eye contact, be enthusiastic, sit forward in your chair, call the interviewer by his name. If there are more than 1 interviewer, greet and talk to each one of them in turns. Remember this: we all want to work with people whom we like and who like us. Use that basic fact to your advantage.
- Focus on making sure the job is a good fit for your career and skill sets: Who you will work with, who you will report to, the scope of responsibilities, etc. Interviews should always be two-way, and interviewers respond positively to people as eager as they are to find the right fit. Plus there’s really no other way to know you want the job. And don’t be afraid to ask several questions.
- Connect with the Interviewer: Use any possibility to connect with the interviewer through an interest, or an unusual fact about your college project, upbringing or career. Such stories make you memorable and create an anchor for interviewers to remember you by – and being memorable is everything.
- Showcase what you can offer immediately: Do research the company before appearing for the interview. If you have a specific technical skill or past project experience, show how it can be help the company immediately. Think about what makes you special and show the benefits to the company. Done correctly, the interviewer will recognize how your skill sets can be used.
- Don’t create negative sounds like “I can’t,” or “I haven’t,” or “I don’t.” You are here to show what you are capable of doing. No matter what the subject, be positive.
- Ask for the job based on facts. Focus on specific aspects of the job: Explain that you are a team player, or thrive in unsupervised roles, or like frequent travel. Always use facts to prove you want it – and deserve it.
- How to discuss Salary & benefits? Wait until the interviewer talks about the salary or asks you about additional queries which you may have. Its better to offer a range starting with the minimum you would accept and your best wish. And when they’re making you a job offer – get everything straight – example money for relocating or health benefits.
- Do you follow-up after interview? Email follow-ups are fine; handwritten notes are better. Write an email asking additional information you were asked to provide, or a link to a subject you discussed (whether business or personal.) And make sure you say thanks and pleases – never underestimate the power of gratitude.
All companies around the world look for people who are resourceful, smart, show initiative, good team players and seem trustworthy and reliable. These are the universal qualities of employ-ability. Show the best possible version of you that special day. Happy job hunting!