About to give your first ever interview? Check out this list of interview tips for freshers!
You must have wondered how some people sound so confident during interviews. The truth is, everyone can feel the jitters before an interview, even experienced professionals.
But there are ways to deal with that. In this article, we will take you through 9 quick tips to notch up your interview skills.
Read till the end. You’ll find something useful for certain.
Here are 9 interview tips for freshers:
- Research well about the company: The foremost thing before sitting for an interview is to research well about the company’s history.
Where does the CEO come from? What was her/his vision? Why was the company started in the first place? What is the organisation aiming towards?
Everything about the company should be on your tips. When you know them better, you will be able to put yourself in their shoes. This will help you better assess their requirements and how you can add value to the company.
Recruiters also look for candidates who understand the company’s ethos and align with their values.
- Assess the job opening closely: If you’re applying for a position in the Marketing field, you should know everything about Marketing.
What do we mean?
You should know what marketing and promotional activities the organization is doing right now. It would be great if you can identify a problem faced by them and tell them you can solve it. This doubles your chances of getting hired.
- Start taking ownership already: This is in continuation with the last point we discussed.
Taking ownership of the work the company is doing would automatically make you a problem-solver. Prepare a list of tips/suggestions on what they could improve on.
This makes the interviewer see the potential in hiring you. Everyone wants a person who takes ownership of their work. If you can show it in the interview, the job is yours.
- Maintain steady eye contact: Difficult. But maintaining eye contact is the best way to show someone you’re confident. It also shows you are someone they can trust. Building trust during an interview goes a long way. It shows you are reliable and would stick to your words.
- Ask questions: We know you might think, ‘But I am the interviewee, not the interviewer.’ However, the whole point of an interview is to get to know each other better. If they are investing their time into you, so are you. You’re investing so much of your time applying for the job, interviewing etc.; you might as well get to know the company better.
This also shows the interviewer you are valuing your own time and actually want to know more before making a decision.
- Review common interview questions well before your interview: One of the most basic yet most important principle of a good interviewee: research.
When you’re good at research, nothing can beat you. If you review common interview questions well before your interview, you already know what’s coming and most of what you say is pre-planned. So, don’t forget this point. Make this a habit.
- Read books that focus on personal growth: Irrespective of whether you’re trying to get hired, reading books that focus on self-growth literature are always important to improve yourself at whatever you do.
Also read books about your field, your art, your expertise, so you can become better than you were yesterday.
- Focus on ‘what’ you speak followed by ‘how’ you speak: Many a times, we overthink how we look while speaking, how we sound, and other things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. So, focus on the content of your speech first and then how you present your ideas. If you consciously do this, you’ll find yourself in a much more comfortable place than you expected yourself to be in.
- Make the mirror your best friend: Practice, practice, and practice! There can never be enough practice. There’s always scope for improvement.
So, make the mirror your best friend. Stand in front of it daily, and practice as if the interviewer is infront of you. This helps you see your poise and expressions while answering questions and work on them.
Sitting for an interviewing can be challenging and oftentimes, very scary. But just trust the process. Believe in yourself, and you’re there!
We hope your search for basic interview tips ended with this article. All the best!
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