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Things you need to Know to Improve your Interview Performance

Received call for interview? Are you prepared?

Before going for interview, you need to make yourself well-prepared. You should behave and react in a way that can impress the interviewer and eventually increase the chances for you to be hired. Present yourself as you are; don’t try to pretend something else you are not.

There are two goals to be achieved:

  • Your Goal
  • Employer’s Goal

Your Goal:

You should convince the employer by demonstrating your motivation and potential which are relevant for that particular job.  You need to make sure that the job requirement matches your interest before going for the interview.

Employer Goals:

An employer is interested in three areas:

  • Your educational background, skills and work experience.
  • Your motivation and work ethics for the job, your achievements, Personal characteristics and knowledge of the organization
  • Personality matches between you and the organization’s goals.


Pre-Interview Preparation

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe

1. Research the Organization

It is very important to know about the organization, look at their website and thoroughly read out their mission statements and values. It will help you to know about their guiding principles.

Questions to Research:

How does the organization operate?

How many branches they have?

What is the organization’s culture and structure?

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What are the history, mission and vision of the organization?

2. Make a list of Questions

In addition you need to prepare some important questions such as the work you will be doing on a daily basis and the team you will be going to work with.

3.Know about yourself

The most important thing for you to be fully aware about yourself like what is your strength, weaknesses etc.  You should know how you are suitable for that job and be prepared for some questions for instance:

  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • How do you think you are relevant for this job?
  • How you meet the requirements of this particular job?
  • Why do you want to join this particular organization?
  • What are your current and long-range career goals?
  • What relevant experiences have you had in work, internships or your academic projects?

“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” –Brian Tracy

Things to do at Interview

Be there at the given time and dress appropriately. Engage with the interviewers by making eye contact and smile. Depend on the organization or job nature there may be one or more than one interviewer probably three to five people. So don’t be surprised or confused, just walk in the room confidently. You need to reply to the person who asked the question not to the group.

“Types of Questions the interviewer may ask”

Generally the interviewer start with an easy ‘ice-breaker’ question, such as “tell me something about yourself?”, “your roles at the current job” and something like these. You can reply perfectly if you already prepared.

Some interview can be ‘competence-based’ means the interviewer highly concern about your skills and how you can present them. They can ask some “Case Study” like questions, “about any situation you have dealt with” and if you are inexperienced then they can ask “how you can deal with a particular situation if it happens” etc.


Importance of Non- Verbal Communication

Your body language, gestures and facial expressions say a lot, so be careful about that. You have to make your “first impression” perfect and show confidence throughout your interview. It has been observed that generally; in the first five minutes of an interview the interviewer make up their minds about a candidate.

Attributes of “First Impression”:

  • Good eye contact
  • Firm handshake
  • Genuine and friendly smile
  • Good posture
  • Confident introduction (avoid “YES” and “NO” answers)

At the end of the interview, you will probably be asked if you have any questions. So you can ask something about the organization and role at this point. You can also ask when they will declare the outcome of the applications.

Before leaving, thanks the interviewer with smile, good eye-contact and shake hands if appropriate. The way you enter and leave the room matters a lot so make it great as much as you can. The employer or interviewer is highly judgmental and they not just scrutinized the candidates for his education and experiences but for hospitality, confidence, manner and so many other things that inevitably noticed.

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