10 Things to do before an Interview
Do your research : As you know, one of the most important questions
you can be asked in an interview is, “why do you want to work with us?”
or “why do you want to join this company?” Stuttering through this
question can be a definite deal breaker and to avoid this, you must know
the company you plan to work with very well. This research can also
come handy when negotiating salary, deciding on what to wear etc.
Understand your job profile : Before you apply for a particular job,
be sure to understand the job profile or description well. This will
help you assess the kind of work you will be expected to perform and the
salary you can accept.
Know your CV : You should know your CV like the back of your hand.
Have all details like the posts you held, the projects you worked on,
the companies you worked with etc memorized. Any questions related to
you CV should be answered correctly with immense confidence.
Prepare your answers : Nervousness is a factor that must be accounted
for. Prepare answers to commonly asked questions and practice them in
front a mirror or even better, ask a friend for help. Ensure you speak
clearly and look out for body language and posture.
Decide what you are wearing – appropriate for an interview. Your
first impression is based on what you wear. Dress according to the kind
of job and post you’re applying for. It is better to be overdressed than
to be underdressed for an interview.
Make sure your clothes are washed and ironed. Don’t make a last
minute decision about what you’re wearing and this can be very
stressful. You don’t want to find your shirt missing a couple of
buttons, do you? The right way to proceed is to lay your clothes out the
previous night and ensure they’re in good condition, washed and ironed.
Make your travel arrangements. Plan what time you want to leave and
what form of transportation you’re taking. Ensure you chose a route that
is least congested so that you can reach well in time.
Carry resume / certificates / briefcase. Before leaving, check your
briefcase for all essential documents and carry multiple copies of the
Reach before time. Reaching twenty-five to thirty minutes early
allows you to remain stress free and calm. It also allows you to check
your appearance and compose yourself before the interview.
Switch off your cellphone before entering the room. Do not forgot to
switch your phone off or put it on silent mode. A ringing sell phone or
even one that vibrates on a table can be extremely distracting for you,
it can also annoy the interviewer.