For most of us, an interview is the very first step we take towards achieving our long-cherished dreams. How do you ensure that you do it right? Let’s find out.
There are a lot of people who would give you unsolicited advices about how you should conduct yourself an interview. Many would also ask you to behave differently with different prospective employers. Some would tell you to preach a certain God in a certain way before the date of your interview while others will ask you wear a certain ‘lucky’ charm.
While all of this might work as ‘placebos’ work for patients, here is another piece of unsolicited advice that might actually do more than that.
Apart from the usual advices about eating right and getting enough sleep, here are give things you should keep in mind when you go for an interview.
1. Be yourself.
No you do not change yourself to please an employer. They are not fools. Usually interviews are conducted by those whose job is to recruit. They are trained in their jobs and can tell when a person is sincere when is the person lying. So be yourself. If an answer to a question that is asked to you is something that most people won’t accept, answer it honestly anyway. That will give you bonus points for honesty and a good night’s sleep.
2. They might be your future ‘boss’ but you aren’t their servant.
Understand that they are humans. You don’t need to flatter them and do whatever they ask you to do. Set your standards. Be in your dignity. Don’t behave like a dog behaves with their masters – they do not want a dog. They want a person who can do things on their own and deliver on their word. Not flatter their bosses.
3. Say bye-bye to fear.
While it is natural to feel nervous on the day of your interview, understand one simple thing. Life does not end even if you don’t get that job. And one another thing. The one taking your interview is human and as susceptible to emotions as you are. There is no need to shiver and be afraid – don’t let them overpower you. You do have a life other than your job, don’t you?
4. Make sure you are not compromising more than required.
Don’t agree to things you won’t be able to do once you get the job. Don’t go overboard with promises. If you promise too much and under-deliver it will take a toll on you. Also, don’t compromise on the job profile because of the sole reason that you are being paid well. Your mental peace is something that will make you perform good or bad. And that mental peace depends upon how happy you are at your job.
5. Dress decently yet comfortably, focus on your body language.
When you dress with formal clothing that you can’t walk in or would choke in it will hamper your performance at the interview. Instead of trying to impress with clothing, impress with skill. That does not mean you walk in there wearing tracks. Wear something that is decent yet comfortable. That will have a direct impact on your body language. You would fidget lesser and give out a confident overall body image.
These advices are simple and about staying true to yourself because if you get the job by pretending to be someone else, the people working with you will soon find out who you really are later. And why not let people appreciate you for the real self? Think about it. Take a deep breath – before you knock the door. Smile!