Friday, June 20, 2014

Tips to master your first job interview

Interview is a formal conversation between two or more people where the interviewee is judged on his skills and the way he or she presents himself or herself. It is the most important step in the hiring process.
Finding a job could be stressful for the first-time job seekers. You have mailed your resume but when you are called for your first interview you are always unsure of what to wear, how to behave, what questions to ask and so on. Your first impression is highly important to land that dream job. So, here are a few tips to master your first job interview and impress your bosses.
Dress appropriately:  It is particularly important for you to look professional. Pressed pants with a shirt and a tie for men and a formal shirt with a pencil skirt or a trousers for women. Make sure you look exceptionally good. Be neat and clean. Remember dressing up professionally sends a message that you are serious about your career and your job. Remember first impression is the best impression.
Practice: Since it is your first job interview, it is essential for you to prepare for the same with your friend, family members or mentor. You should be able to answer the trickiest questions without hesitation. Read your resume properly. Research about the company and its policies as it will boost your confidence.
Avoid using fillers: Avoid using words like "umm", "like" "actually". Using these fillers sends a message to the interviewer that you are nervous. Listen to the questions asked and then answer. Work out a strategy to deal with your stress.
Arrive early: Being late for your first interview leaves a very bad impression but don't be too early either. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Plan your ride, get directions and line it up before time so that you are not late.
Know yourself: Make sure you are well groomed. You should know about your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest and confident about your skills and abilities. Go through your resume before appearing for the interview. You should be able to answer all the questions without being hesitant. Make sure you are clear and concise in all your answers.
Body language: Avoid distractions and make eye contact with the interviewer. Try to stay calm and collected. Present a firm handshake with a smile while you greet the interviewer. Make sure your nails are trimmed and you are dressed to your best. Maintain a good posture and be humble in all your interactions. Do not forget to thank the interviewer for his or her valuable time.

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