PRESENTING ONESELF AT AN INTERVIEW
The term interview might instil a potent fear in some of you out there probably because they mean so much these days. To clear an interview and get selected for a job is considered a mammoth achievement in all sectors alike. For this, the candidates work harder than their usual but what one usually forgets or rather ignores during all this course is how to present himself in front of the interviewer. Presenting doesn’t always mean going in a suit and tie for the interview although it does matter to a certain level. But what presenting actually means here is the manner in which the interviewer is influenced by the response both verbally and through body language by the candidate.
In this respect, there are certain points to be kept in mind while going for an interview. These points are highlighted as under:-
- Plan to describe vividly yet not in an indiscreet manner on how you are going to meet the employer’s needs. People usually spend a hell lot of time over job description when generating their cover letter and CV/Resume. Before the interview one should closely analyse whatever is penned down on the resume and give proper attention to the qualifications and the job duties. Identify the skills according to each qualification or duty mentioned by the employer and it’s better to avoid the cliché lines used by most applicants to make the resume stand out amongst the rest.
- Secondly, one of the most areas that people miss generally is researching the organization thoroughly. One must go through the objective of the company, what sets them apart from others, their latest developments etc. It’s better to make points for the same and keep them at the tip of hands. Why this step is crucial is solely because recruiters don’t want to hire people who aren’t interested in their company and they definitely don’t have any lack of eligible candidates for the job.
- Thirdly, figure out a way to answer the common interview questions. These generally include questions like ‘tell about yourself’, details of resume, passion, hobbies, strengths and weaknesses, skills etc. One must prepare for these questions before the interview in order to answer them with confidence. Some candidates usually leave preparing for these thinking that they will answer it spontaneously before the interviewer which never takes place. So, it’s always better to prepare beforehand for all these general questions to avoid rejection.
- Other than these, there are several others factors that have an influence on the interviewer. These basically include your body language, the way you answer questions, dressing sense, confidence etc.
Collaborators: Melwyn Mathew and Madhumitha Sundaramurthi