Hit the bull's eye with these interview tips!
First, take a moment and appreciate yourself for being shortlisted for an interview. You have got your dream job, almost.
And to drop that ‘almost’ we are here to present you with the 2021 guide of interview tips and tricks.
You have worked diligently on your resume and your cover letter to get a call for an interview. But the fact remains that you need to work twice as diligently for your interview.
No, by diligently we do not mean that it’s a hard task. It means that you have to be honest with your efforts to stand out among your competitors and walk out with a job in your hand.
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We will walk you through the following points for your interview prep
- How to prepare for an interview
- Interview questions
- Interview tips
- Phone interview tips
- Video interview tips
Let us move to the interview tips which will answer your question; how to ace an interview?
Research the company
Not researching about the company would be the first thing that would let down the expectation of the person interviewing you.
They have made their efforts, now it's your turn.
Have a look at the company's website, their social media handles to have a better understanding of the company and to have an idea of their work culture.
You may also look for reviews of the company. People working there sometimes post about their interview experience. This again in turn helps you to prepare your interview questions.
Doing this will also get you familiar with the upcoming projects of the company. This will help you in preparing your answers to your job interview questions. It would make you sound more relevant for the job.
You can also try their products and services. This will help you to be even versed with the company’s products and services. This may help you to answer an interview question about the company.
Look for the interviewer's social media handles
You can also look for the profile of the interviewer on Linkedin or other social media to have an idea of his/her interests.
If you are lucky enough, you may find he/she is an alumnus of the same institution as yours. This way you might find it easy to converse with the person interviewing you.
Even if you do not find anything interesting, at least you will get a bit familiar with the interviewer. Then the only thing you will have to worry about is the interview questions.
Practice your answers beforehand for common interview questions
Some basic interview questions are very often asked. You can not afford to ignore these interview questions if you have your interview scheduled for tomorrow.
Interview questions like:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should we hire you?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- Do you have any questions for us?
These most commonly asked top interview questions are needed to be prepared well in advance, if you mess up here then you are in a red spot.
If you do not prepare your interviews like this then you might end up disappointing the person interviewing you.
Do not just look up answers for the above interview questions on the internet. All you have to do is to take inspiration from the internet, formulate your own honest answers.
And practice these interview questions out with your family or your friends. Get out of your comfort zone and practice these common interview questions at some public place, like a park or some cafe.
The answers to these interview questions should be fluent while sounding genuine at the same time.
Deck up your social media handles
So when you get a call for the interview, try to update your social media handles, especially LinkedIn. Make sure your social media profiles come across as positive.
Remove all negative content; like political views, complaints about something, any extreme view on a matter, etc.
We would suggest keeping your profiles updated and nice even before you line up your interviews.
You shouldn’t be surprised if the interview questions have something revolving around your profile or what you have put up there.
Use the STAR method to answer the interview questions
STAR simply stands for; Situation, Task, Action, Result.
So when you are asked about your professional experience or the projects you have undertaken in the interview, these interview tips might come in handy.
While answering this question during the interview, listen carefully to what the interviewer has asked.
- Try to first give an overview of the situation you had before you took over the project. Tell what was to be accomplished. This gives interviewer an idea about your project.
- What was your goal?
- Explain what role you play, what actions did you take, and what was your contribution in that specific project.
- What was the outcome? Take credits for your work. Also tell them about what have you learnt from that project. Try to incorporate more positive points.
Following the STAR approach in the interview would assure the interviewer that you are insightful and can prove to be a perfect fit for the job.
Get your documents put together
A good 3-4 days before the interview, make sure you have your documents in place.
Especially your resume with its 2-3 copies, your cover letter, your list of references, and some examples of your work.
Always prepare your answers for the interview questions that can be asked from resume or any other document you are presenting.
Also, keep a few blank sheets of paper or maybe a diary or notebook and a pen to look further prepared for the interviews.
Dress your professional best
One of the most common interview tips you will receive is to wear your best professional attire for your interviews.
Your look is your first impression. And we know, first impressions matter.
It is rightly said: You are what you wear.
Follow a proper dress code, do not overdo patterns or checks, do not go for overly loud colors. Crisp iron your dress a day before the interview.
Wear something that you are comfortable in. You won’t want to look uneasy during the interview.
For men: wear a solid color suit, or you can also go for a blazer on a shirt and pant look, matching tie, nice formal shoes or loafers.
Nicely shaved or neatly trimmed beard. Nicely gelled hair, and very light fragranced antiperspirant. Do not forget the handkerchief.
For women: go with something formal like a pantsuit, low-key jewelry, and a light fragrance. You can opt for formal shoes or heels, whatever suits you the best. Try to go for a no-makeup look and neatly done hair.
Wear a confident smile and a confident attitude.
Greet everyone you encounter and behave respectfully
As soon as you enter the premises of the company’s office on the interview day, greet everyone. Right from guard to the receptionist to company employees and probably your future colleagues, everyone, with the same charming attitude and a smile on your face.
This would definitely give a positive vibe to you and the people around you. And this vibe will aid you in the interview room.
Advance your daily routine on the interview day
This includes sleeping early the day before the interview day. It is important getting a sound sleep, waking up early, some stretching, and having a light breakfast.
Avoid alcohol or too much caffeine.
To look fresh from the outside you need to feel the same from within.
And this will ensure that you have enough time and you reach the interview venue before time. You cannot afford to be late on your D-Day. Reaching late for interviews is a big NO.
That also does not mean that you reach 30-45 mins early.
Just be there 10-15 mins before the interview time.
If, in case, you reach early then station yourself in some nearby cafe or restaurant.
Work on your body language and mannerisms
Your body language speaks louder than your words. It speaks a lot about your personality and your behavior.
Your body language speaks volumes about your confidence.
Keep an erect posture while standing or walking, shoulders back, and your head held high. Please do not slouch.
Be sure you look confident.
Relax your senses so that you speak in a normal pitch. The interviewees tend to get nervous which makes their pitch higher than usual.
Maintain positive eye contact for at least 60% of the time. Make use of gestures but not to the extent that the attention of the person interviewing you gets disturbed by it.
Interviews are nerve-racking. Especially if it is for the job that you have dreamt of.
But try to avoid nervous gestures. Such as twirling your hairs, fidgeting with an object, shaking your legs, drumming your fingers on the desk or your knees, crossing your arms over your chest.
Keep hold of your body, take a deep breath and relax. Do not let nervousness get on your nerves. Do not let your nervousness reach the person interviewing you.
You need to look confident, not stern.
And trust us, a smile works wonders.
Get other interviews lined up
We know that you want this job, but for the safe side, keep some other interviews lined up.
So that the pressure of having only one in hand does not make you nervous. Having more interviews lined-up will make you feel secured.
And if this does not work, something else will. And you can always try again for this after reflecting and improving.
Keep impoliteness at bay
Sometimes very small things can ruin your interview which was going smoothly.
Here are our interview tips to help you keep a check on your impoliteness.
- Avoid attending a call while in an interview.
- Keeping your phone on vibration mode is another disaster. The interview hall or rooms mostly have pin drop silence, even the vibration of your phone would be heard.
- Not holding accountability is a big letdown.
- No matter how difficult your interview questions are; do not talk trash, hold water.
- Do not behave arrogant or ignorant.
There are times when a person is lacking confidence due to absence of motivation.
If a job interview is a bungee jump then motivation is the push you need. So push yourself beacuse no one is going to do it for you.
Here are a few tips to keep yourself motivated before the interviews:
- Decode your fears and face them
- Talk to family and friends
- Read books
- Read motivational quotes before your interview
- Listen to music
Do not lie
We understand that it’s the interview of your dreams, and you want to look and sound perfect for it.
But that does not give you good enough of a reason to lie in the interviews or even on your resume.
The person interviewing you will catch your lies. Do not take that risk. Your honesty would count.
Do not put anything on your resume which you know nothing of. Do not say anything during the interview that embarrasses you later.
**Our interview tips on this would be: **
- Authenticity is the mirror of your honesty, do not let it shatter.
- Stay positive and be confident in yourself
- Do not even let a single doubt on your qualifications or experience overshadow your confidence.
- Respond genuinely and truthfully to your job interview
List of questions to ask from the interviewer
In your job interview, you are not the only one who would be answering the interview questions.
Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask. Because the interviewer will most probably ask you “do you have any questions?”
And you would not want to sound uninterested by saying a “No”
The questions you can ask can during your job interview can be:
- What are the upcoming projects?
- What will be the training procedure?
- What skills and qualifications are you looking for?
- Is there anything I can improve about myself?
- How will my performance be evaluated?
- I would like to know about the work culture?
- What changes have you seen in the company in the last few years?
- What is your experience working here?
You can come up with your questions or doubts. But, remember to be polite and ask respectfully.
Send a thank you email
Remember to send a personalized thank you email within a day of your job interview. If there were more than one interviewer, then send personalized notes or emails to everyone individually.
Appreciate them for giving you this opportunity to interact and their valuable time.
You may also refer to what was discussed in the interview. This would make easier for the interview to reflect upon.
This would do two things:
First, this will put you across as a cordial human being.
Second, they will be reminded of you. They will know that you are waiting for their response.
Do not ignore this step. Write a thank you email within 24 hours of your interview.
You should wait for two to three days before sending your first follow-up email. Do not annoy them by sending too many of them or too frequently. Give them space to reflect, evaluate and respond.
Things to take care of:
- Specify the objective. Make a strong call-to-action. It gives an idea to the interviewer to get back to you soon
- Thank the interviewer. A ‘thank you’ for your job interview will go a long way
- Try to frame the introduction with a proper context with a polite opening
With this, we are done with the in-person interview tips for your job interview.
We know that things have changed quite a bit after the pandemic. We are having more phone interviews and video interviews. And that requires as much interview prep.
And so we are here to your rescue. We will discuss both the phone interview tips as well as the video interview tips in the next section. We will guide you on how to do well in an interview of this kind.
Lifesaving phone interview tips
Some people find phone interviews easier than the in-person ones. But for some it is quite daunting.
The reson being that you are not sure how the person on phone taking your explanations. Since you cannot read the facial expressions, you have to solely rely on the tone of the interviewer.
Here is our interview guide for your phone interviews:
- Do some homework: find out who is calling you for the phone interview. Whether it’s the hiring manager himself or an external recruiter.
- In this case, also you will have to follow the normal norm. Such as researching the company, it’s social media handles, having an idea about their projects, the role and responsibilities, and what they are looking for in a candidate
- Keep your social media handles tidily before your job interview
- Plan your job interview, choose a quiet place where you do not face the network issues
- Try to use a good noise cancellation headphone
- Practice for the interview questions in your head
- Be an attentive listener, let the interviewer complete first before you speak.
- Try to maintain a jovial steady tone, make sure the interviewer feels nice about you.
- Do not, in any case, raise your voice or interrupt the interviewer
- Have a copy of your resume and cover letter with you
- Relax and have a bottle of water handy
- And take a deep breath before picking up the phone
- Sign off by thanking the interviewer for his time
- Not to forget the thank you email
Amazing video interviews tips
With so many searches on zoom interviews tips, skype interview tips or google meet interviews, here we are at your rescue with some bang-on tips for interviews.
- Do not skip bathing or grooming because it is a video interview
- You will sound nice if you will feel nice
- Dress to impress
- Have a list of interview questions to prepare for
- Be on time
- Use noise-canceling headset
- Sit in a well-lighted area with a sober and neat background
- Make eye contact, which means either look directly at the camera or on the screen
- Ensure a high-speed uninterrupted network connection
- Be an active listener, let the interviewer complete before you speak
- Relax and take a deep breath
You can also visit our video interviews dedicated blog.
- Research the company and its social media handles
- Take notes of the role and responsibilities they are offering
- Thoroughly practice most common interview questions
- Tidy up your social media presence
- Dress professionally, wear a smile and a charming attitude
- Carry an attractive body language
- Plan your routine before the interviews
- Be honest and polite
- Be an empathetic listener
- Send a thank-you note, to each one of the interviewers
- Be optimistic, confident, and believe in yourself
We hope we were able to provide you with all the information you needed on how to ace the interview.
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