Monday, June 20, 2011

Things to do Before the Interview,During & After Each Interview

Be clear for the subject of the interview

You must be familiar with the job you are going to give interview for so that you can show your expertise in the field and connect your abilities according to the company needs.

Gain knowledge about the company

Its better to have information about the company before the interview. You can collect such information by researching and reading about their company on Internet or in newspapers or magazines.

Ask some meaningful questions

You must be prepared with around three to four questions that you would ask to the recruiter about the job or company. You must reference the correct questions at the right time. If you don’t ask questions then it depicts that you have not fully prepared for the interview.

Marketing yourself

You must be able to define your capabilities in a perfect manner and all these points should relate to the benefits of the company.

Appearance or dressing

The way you dress reflects your character, therefore you must never be too professional or unprofessional while dressing. It is your conduct, appearance and voice that makes your impression in the mind of the interviewer.
In an interview, honesty is the best policy. If you lie then it leaves a bad impression about you and the interviewer has the knowledge about what he/she is asking. So, do not try to fool the interviewer/s.

Your hair should be clean and combed. Nails should be clean and trimmed.

Be conservative, if the company does not have a dress code.

Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview. The extra minutes will also give time to fill out any forms or applications that might be required.

Turn off your cell phone ..

Make sure to wish every person collectively while you enter and while you leave.
Make a positive and professional first impression by being assertive and giving a firm handshake to each interviewer and addressing each interviewer by name as he or she is introduced.

Reinforce your professionalism and your ability to communicate effectively by speaking clearly and avoiding “uhs”, “you knows”, and slang.

Make judicious use of time. For e.g. do not dwell too much on your personal qualities that you may not get enough time to tell about your professional qualities, experience, expectations etc.

Use appropriate wording. Use technical terms only when appropriate to the question.

With several people asking questions consecutively, you may not have much time to prepare for a response, therefore, try to read the hidden meaning and try to be measured in your response. Try to be politically correct to be on the safer side and Do not carry your prejudices with you to the interview chamber.


Shake each interviewer’s hand and thank each interviewer by name.
Send a thank you card.

If you are called back for subsequent rounds of interviews, then try to present the same information in another way Do not describe the same project you managed to all the interviewers. Instead, describe a different project in each of the successive interviews

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