No interviews should be taken lightly. Attending an interview without preparation could turn disastrous. Thus, you will not just lose your confidence for the next interview; you’d also lose a great chance to learn some importent interview skills.
Overconfidence can ruin your interview, so can the nervousness and fear. In most cases, candidates go tongue-tied in interviews which they are not prepared for. Also, they gasp for air, struggle to find the right word and answer when the questions are asked.
You would never know which interview is important and which is not. You can never predict which interview would be cracked and divert your career to the next level. Thus, attending or not attending an interview can be a life-changing moment, so always be well prepared before going for an interview.
A ‘war’ always requires some warm-ups and preparations. So, let’s see what we should be doing before attending an interview and how we can prepare ourselves.
1. Decide On the Dress & Groom Yourself
Attending interview is all about presenting yourself; you present or show almost everything: your knowledge, your communication style, your attitude, and most importantly your dress. Your dress or dressing sense is the very first impression you make. They say the first impression is the last impression.
However, the dressing sense for an interview has nothing to do with fashion sense. Because, it’s very simple: dress like a gentleman, that’s all. However, this matter should not be taken lightly. If you think your dresses and accessories will be ready on the very day of the interview, then think again. Your interview dress and shoes must be ready at least two days before.
You should strictly appear in formals. No T-Shirts, no sports shoes. Blue denim would only be acceptable only in urgent cases. You should have a close shave and get your hair and nails trimmed before. And, don’t forget to wear an analog or formal watch.
2. Brush up on basic and common Interview questions and answers.
Most people don’t believe in this fundamental element of interview art. Thus people, out of smartness, attend interviews without preparing on basic questions asked in an interview and return with long faces.
It is always difficult to explain one’s role and responsibilities in the current job unless one has prepared beforehand. People generally fail to tell their three strengths and weaknesses in interviews generally asked in interviews. Experienced candidates fail to tell their achievements in their career. So prepare well on the basic and the
3. Update Your CV (Resume) and Take Print Out(s)
Our resumes are generally made up with lots of copy & pastes. However copy & paste job it could be, one must know what is written on it. You cannot mess with the information provided on those papers. The dates, designations, education, role & responsibilities must be updated.
I have been into the recruitment industry for years and I can tell you what importance a beautiful resume holds for human resources personnel. A decorated and well-edited resume catches the sight of a recruiter. One must trim one’s resume to make it look light and fresh. Most importantly don’t postpone taking the print outs of your resumes. Running to shops to take the printouts is a bad idea, it can ruin your day.
4. Confirm Your Availability / Absence for the Interview through Email
Acknowledging the emails is one of the best things that could be done to avert communication breach. Most professionals tend to ignore email acknowledgment that cause lots of confrontations.
There are people who ‘run away’ and ‘disconnect’ from the scheduled interviews. It wastes everybody’s time. If you are not ready on interested for an interview, be clear about it, and tell the recruiters. If there were some changes SMS or email to them.
If you are not going to attend the interview tell the recruiter, he/she will not bother you again. If you are going to attend the interview intimate the recruiter a day before so that backend side also would be ready. The communication breach could occur from either side, after all.
5. Read a Few Chapters of Classical Novels or Short Stories
You must be wondering about how reading classical novels or short stories can help you in interviews. Well, in fact, we should always read such classical and verbose novels, or at least in a few times in a week. It’s a tried and tested trick to improve oral communication. This helps in making better sentences and choosing better words.
Better oral communication does matter in a great deal in interviews. It can change the whole game, indeed. Afterall, successful people do read good books and novels. There are many books that are available, but one i recommend personally is Dracula, by Bram Stoker.
6. Wake Up Before Sunrise
You can reach you office late and make excuses to your bosses, but reaching late to your interview is a bad idea. Waking up early is one of the best things that should be done to be an achiever in career. City traffic is one of the biggest deterrents for those who run for the job interviews.
By waking up early in the morning, you buy more time for yourself. This time should be utilized for mind and body connection. Feed your mind with knowledge in these early morning hours, and strain your body to its boundaries: exercise. 5:30am is the time to wake up early in the morning. Only in a few day, you would be able to make this a habit.
7. Don’t You Dare to Skip Your Breakfast
Having breakfast keeps your energy lever up and mind alert. This also avert sleepiness in day. Well, it may appear a small thing, but skipping breakfast does affect your interview performance significantly. It directly affects your alertness in interview.