Interviews always make people nervous, no matter how talented they would be. If a person happens to be appearing for an interview for the first time, it can be a stressful experience for him. To overcome this nervousness, one can do the following things:
- Always do some research well in advance about the company before walking in for an interview, make sure to have complete knowledge about the company. Also, make sure that you have understood the job profile/role very clearly. This will be helpful in answering questions such as, “what do you know about our company?” “Who are our competitors?” etc.
- Know your competency as well as transferrable skills. While competency skills are those that would be required to match the job spot, transferable skills are the ones that you acquired during your previous jobs.
- Above all, the way one presents himself is very important in an interview. Remember the first impression is the last impression. Don’t be overconfident. Know your capabilities and demonstrate them to the interviewer. Let them know how your skills will be helpful for the productivity of their organization.
- Be clear about your objective. This way you will remain focused and not compromise on any job that has been offered to you unless you are facing financial crises or are in a dire need of money.
- Your CV is the most important document when you go for an interview. Carry an updated copy of your CV along with you in a file or a folder. Never bluff about your qualification or work experience. Mention details that are true and valid.
- Prepare a list of questions that you think would be asked by the interviewer and practice answering them in front of a mirror. With a thorough practice, you will be more confident, the next time someone asks you these questions.
- Improve your communication skills. Having a good technical knowledge will be of no use until and unless you are able to share it with others through your interpersonal skills. Be a good listener. Interact in a manner that would create an impact on the person taking your interview.
- Give examples while talking wherever needed. This will create a good impression on the listener and help them understand better.
- Dress up in a presentable manner. The attire should match your job role and your personality.
- Invest some time in personal grooming. This will make you come across as more confident and save you from the unwanted nervousness.
- Your body language, gestures, and posture are very important when you go for an interview. Wear a smile and keep a positive outlook towards everything. This will definitely be helpful in keeping you calm and composed.
- Make eye contact with the interviewer and speak with enthusiasm or you might come across as dull and uninterested.
- Do not forget to carry all the necessary documents. Also, try to reach 15 minutes prior to the timing given to you so that you have enough time left to search the job location and to settle down once you have reached the venue.
- When asked about remuneration, tell them that you expect a fair raise against your qualifications and experience. Let them make the first move. Be open to negotiation if it is a reputed organization.
Now that you have a fair idea as to what all needs to be done before you appear for an interview, you can be rest assured and give it your best shot. Good Luck!!!