How to crack an interview for job or internship? What are the secrets to crack interview? Read these 9 top tips to crack a job interview successfully now!
Selecting the best-suited person for a particular position in a company from a crowd of hundreds or thousands of applicants is a difficult job. A resume or CV helps in filtering out the inappropriate applicants but doesn’t assist in finding out the best.
Every organisation, be it a state running or privately handled requires highly responsible and knowledgeable intellectuals for upward growth. Interviewing an applicant for such a post is common in almost every institution around the world.
If you had ever been head of a group in your school or college, then you might have experienced the vitality of interviews in selecting your subordinates. How you present yourself state more about you than your resume.
Every interviewee speculates about the parameters on which the interviewer judges her. You can instantly improve your performance in the job interviews if you could read the minds of interviewers. Right? Yeah.
9 Top Tips to Crack a Job Interview!
Well, let us help you in finding out the most common yet most effective interview tips that will help you in leaving a positive impression and cracking the job interview successfully. We bring you the 9 top tips to crack a job interview successfully. Let’s get started:
Think, it is your company
You study for examinations, and consequently, your gained knowledge helps in scoring good marks. Similarly, preparation for an interview pays off in the showdown. Every company works for profit; even if it is a not-for-profit organisation, it doesn’t work in losses. Also, most of the companies have a tagline or objective or mission; at least they have a direction to follow.
Assume yourself as the head of the company before the interview and think like a boss. Read about the history, mission, objective, services, products, plans and most importantly, the recent activities or events conducted by the company. Don’t forget to read about the whole industry (history and present status), its market leaders and their backgrounds. Boss knows everything.
Note: ‘Read’, don’t waste time in mugging up every small detail.
A few details are essential like founders, headquarters, size of the balance sheet, subsidiaries or partner firms etc., you should memorize these as these may be helpful.
Now think of strategies you’d have applied in the present scenario to help the company in its growth. Don’t restrict your plans within the responsibilities of the job position you’ve applied for. It will assist you in connecting yourself with the goals of the organisation, and the interviewer will be happy to meet an excited candidate who thinks of the benefits of the organisation.
There are more advantages to this preparation; you’ll get to know in further tips.
2. Only first impression is not enough
You don’t know where and when you may be judged on the interview day within the office premises. It may happen that you unintendedly deliver your first impression while entering the premises, at reception, in an elevator, in the waiting room or any other place you visit before appearing in front of the interviewer or interview board. It is not necessary that the interviewer remain confined within a chamber on your interview day.
You may encounter her out of the interview room, or other office staff may judge you, so be at your best throughout the interview day in the office premises. It shows that you’re excited to become a part of the organisation.
Typically 5 to 30 seconds are crucial for an excellent first impression. These 5 to 30 seconds includes getting inside the room, walking towards the interviewer, greeting her, shaking hands and introducing yourself by your name. Make sure that you don’t damage your chances of selection by your unattentive attitude. Remember that your appearance and energy are the most significant factors that define you when you’re not speaking.
The interviewer judges you equally when you leave the room after the whole conversation. Don’t get lousy after the final words with the interviewer. Shake hands with the consistent energy even when the interview doesn’t go in your desired fashion.
It shows that you’re mature to tackle situations where things don’t go your way.
3. Your body speaks when you don’t
Open body but not much relaxed, shoulders aligned with the shoulders of the person you’re talking to, straight spine, erected head, hands out of the pockets, laid on the armrests of the chair and flat feet on the floor. These should be the elements of your body posture while sitting and talking to the interviewer. Don’t be too rigid on your body.
Maintain eye contact during the whole conversation. Eye contact doesn’t mean that you should gaze at the other person and don’t blink your eyes. An eye contact symbolizes that you’re listening to that person and you’re getting the points that they are trying to convey.
Don’t show the signs of nervousness or lack of confidence like wringing or fidgeting hands, cross legs, head down or no eye contact at all, many irrelevant hand gestures, low or inaudible voice and anything unusual body movements. Hold a pen or pencil to control excessive hand gestures or wringing hands.
Remember, your postures and position tell a lot about your personality. You should reflect the energy of your every positive attribute that you say to the interviewer through your body during the conversation.
4. The power of the smile
Imagine yourself at the place of the interviewer. A person who represents the company and has the onus of recruiting the best of the applicants for the betterment of the company. And during the process of recruitment, you ask quite similar questions to every interviewee and most of the times you receive similarly tailored and monotonous answers.
On top of all, what if you see confused, nervous and tensed faces the whole day. How’d you feel? Deal an interview as a conversation and the interviewer as your colleague.
As mentioned in the #1 tip, think that you’re already a part of the company. The employees of the company are a family. You and the interviewer are a part of it. So, need not be nervous, confused or tensed when you’re having a conversation with the interviewer. Keep a subtle smile while talking.
Now, if you’ve followed the #1 tip, you won’t hesitate to talk about the company because you know a lot about the company.
A smile on your face may help the interviewer feel good about herself and the whole conversation. People like those who make them feel good. In the end, an interview is all about impressing the interviewer or the interviewing board by your knowledge or confidence.
5. Tell me about yourself
What is the most common question in a job interview?
“Tell me/us about yourself.”
Everyone would rank this question above all other job interview questions. Even though everyone would rate it as the most common question, most of the interviewees don’t prepare answers for this question.
How should you answer this question?
You can create two versions of the answer. A short explanation (30-40 seconds) and an extended version of the short answer (2 minutes). Use a response depending on the interview time you have.
What should you include in your short answer and long answer?
Well, the content is common in short and long versions both like your name, some details about you like domicile, education, skills and interests.
In 30-40 seconds you won’t be able to tell more than the bold details about yourself. The longer version includes the reasons and logic behind your answers.
Let’s take an example:
‘I have pursued my undergraduate education in the field of Economics’. – Short version
‘I have seen my father investing in the stock market since my childhood. He talks to my uncle about the ongoing trends. I started joining them in their conversations about market and economy when economics was introduced as a subject in the ninth standard. Gradually I developed an interest in the market and economy. Hence I decided to pursue my career in the field of economics.’ – Long version
Write down the necessary personal information, your education, skills, interests and experiences on a paper. Thread them in sentences and your short answer is ready. Add details about your school (about your stream, subjects you liked), skills (how you developed, how it helps you), interests (why are you interested) and experiences (what did you learn) to form the extended version answer.
Only you have the perfect answer to this question. Noting down the points will help you in ordering the details, and it won’t let you omit any critical detail which should be shared.
6. Strengths and weaknesses
You can face a question on strengths and weaknesses directly or indirectly in the form of the following questions-
- Why should I hire you?
- How are you suitable for this job?
- How do you deal with failures?
And there are many more questions which focus on your strengths and weaknesses.
Start introspecting your life experiences and find out your strengths and weaknesses. You have to be very clear about your strengths and weaknesses.
The most common and effective way to find out your characteristics is to recollect the memories of achievements and failures. Accomplishments help you in identifying your positive attributes and failures help you in finding out the negative qualities.
Presenting your strengths and weaknesses is another vital element in an interview. You should not boast of your strengths. Don’t forget to credit your parents, team or mentors for a strength that you’ve achieved. Don’t present your weakness as a bottleneck in your performance. Every weakness should be shown in a positive statement.
‘I am a quick learner. My school encouraged students to participate in a lot of extracurricular activities, and I think I developed this strength by applying my brain in a myriad of activities.’ – Strength
‘I believe in perfectionism. Sometimes I miss deadlines to make deliver the best of me.’ – Weakness
7. Question the Question
We can’t discuss all the common job interview questions here. Let’s come to a strategy which helps in tackling all other questions apart from those which we have already discussed.
Question the question is a strategy to find out the best answer for an interview question. Let us understand it by an example,
Interviewer – ‘Why did you leave your last job?’
Your mind before answering the question should be – ‘Why is he asking this question? What does he want to judge? Maybe he wants me to speak about the limitations of the previous company, or maybe he wants to know if I failed to perform in my last job? Should I tell him the truth or should I construct an answer?’ and many more.
Questioning the question may help in identifying the objective of the interviewer behind asking the question. You can hit the target well when you know its position. Else you may end up ruining your chances by hitting answers without a target.
8. Critical Analysis and Constructive Criticism (CACC)
As mentioned above, consider an interview as a conversation instead of an interrogation session. Sometimes the interviewer comes up with questions which don’t have a right or wrong answer. She wants to judge you by your understanding of a specific issue and your views on it.
Such answers sound good when you encapsulate facts and figures in the answers. The #1 tip can become very useful in such situations as facts and figures, and their association with the company would mean cherry on the cake.
You should ask for some time before answering a question which deals about any sensitive issue. Critically analyse the problem, and you may note down important point on a notepad before answering the question. If you are criticizing something, make sure you come up with a solution to resolve the issue, this is known as constructive criticism.
9. Damage Prevention and Control Strategies
Damage in an interview can only be prevented by practicing. Practice in front of a mirror, record your videos, watch your style, find out flaws and improve your performance. You can ask your colleagues or friends to set up a mock interview so that you gain some confidence for the final day.
Even if after practicing a lot and proper preparation, unfortunately, you ruin something in an interview like you drop a pen out of nervousness or step your foot on the interviewer’s foot and other things that you would not wish to happen, then,
First, accept your mistake and apologize.
Second, forget about it.
Thinking about your fault would lower your confidence. Move on. Deliver your best in the remaining time.
To crack a job interview, it is essential that you stand out (in a positive way) among of all the appearing candidates against the interviewer. She should feel that you want to become a part of their business family and you care about it. Make the interviewer feel that you have everything or even more than that they require for the job position. Follow the tips given above, and you would crack a job interview successfully.