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Sneak Peek to Ace in an Interview

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Preparing for interviews well in advance equips you for a smooth sail in the due course of action. Following up with HR before the interview would be another additional quality to show your interest. However, some footsteps can help a candidate ace in an interview:

1. Have complete knowledge of the job description
Review the job description to comprehend the kinds of abilities and qualifications the business anticipates that you have. It will give you clarity on the obligations and responsibilities the work involves. This analysis will enable you to make necessary amendments to your CV for the position applied.

2. Have adequate knowledge of the company
Employers usually incline toward employing candidates who have great knowledge about the organization. It shows how much you are interested in the job. All you need to know is about the company's mission and vision, business, and the kind of work it deals with. You can do this by visiting the company's website, LinkedIn, and various other social media platforms. Also, knowing more about the company and the interviewer will help you align your response with the company's atmosphere, the values, and the kind of team spirit that is being expected of you.

3. Recap your Resume
Now that you have acquired a clear understanding of the position and the organization, try to complete your CV by highlighting your skillsets and strengths that which particularly the company entails upon. Make sure the information you provide is true to your abilities.

4. Conduct a self-assessment
Work on the questions the interviewer may ask and how you would respond to them. Search for FAQs in the interview from the company's portal based on the job profile, company, and experience level. However, the common questions asked in an interview irrespective of the roles and designations that you are applying for includes the below:
Please walk me through your resume or Tell us about yourself.
Why do you want this job?
Why are you looking for a change?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

5. Be punctual
You should collect all the necessary information on the time it takes to reach the venue of the interview to plan the travel and be present in the lobby at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Being on time shows that you value your time in general and also the interviewer's time. It also gives you some time to relax, use the restroom, and freshen up before the interview begins.

6. Follow the proper attire
Follow the dress code by the specific gesture code that is being stated in the job description emailed to you. In the absence of any such guidelines, you should simply follow formal attire. In case of any deodorants, perfumes, hair spray, or hair gels make sure it's mild.

7. Carry the required documents and ID Proofs
Make sure to carry the necessary ID proofs that the company security systems require you to produce at the entrance and also during sign-in and sign-out at the reception counters. Organize your CV, cover letter, reference letters, and if applicable your academic certificates and salary slips neatly in a file or folder. It is always advisable to have a pen and paper handy to avoid borrowing from others during the interview.

8. Present yourself well
Portraying professional behavior and being gentle with everyone you meet as soon as you reach the venue is of sheer brilliance. You may be asked to stand in a queue to sign the register at the entrance and submit a copy of your resume. Try to be patient while waiting at the reception, and keep your voice down while talking to other candidates. It is a good idea to switch off your mobile or keep it in silent or vibration mode.

9. Maintain a positive body language and expression
The first expression when you enter the interview cabin would be greeting the interviewer with a cheerful smile to create a favorable atmosphere. Do not sit until the interviewer tells you to. Maintaining a certain kind of body language is yet another important ethic that shows your attitude and confidence level. Appear professional as always, calm and composed without looking too informal or overconfident. Some examples of positive body language include sitting straight, exhibiting optimistic expressions, and making direct eye contact with the interviewer. Avoid slouching or shaking your legs which indicate you are nervous and not confident. Also, avoid sitting in a laid-back posture as it is too informal and shows that you lack office etiquette.

10. Be precise and speak clearly
Be precise and to the point while you talk. Try adopting a constant pace in your conversation with a clear voice. Be natural and allow the flow of words instead of rushing. Don't beat around the bush. Be honest about your answers. When you don't know something just admit it. Being sincere and having good clarity of thought will place you in a stronger position than other candidates.

11. Be a good listener
Be a good listener and avoid interrupting the person who is interviewing you. Be attentive and listen to the interviewer carefully. Give attention to detail before beginning to answer them. Observing how the interviewer reacts to your answers can help you habilitate your responses to other questions.

12. Highlight your skills and strengths
Highlight your skills and achievements that would help you excel in the new job when asked about your skills and strengths. Make use of this opportunity to explain why you are suitable for the job and what is that will make you stand out from other candidates. Be sure to answer in confidence with a modest and humble tone.

13. Ask appropriate questions
Most of the interviewers allow you to clarify your doubts and queries at the end of the interview. Although asking questions shows that you are interested in learning more about the job and the company, still it is advisable that you ask the most appropriate questions which is related only to the job you are applying for or the organization. For example, you can ask about your job role, the company's values, the team that you will be working with, etc. Try to avoid asking about the salary or timings.

14. Provide your references
After the interview, you might be asked to provide references to check if you are interested in promoting opportunities of the company to your circles. Do list two or three references in your resume or job application if applicable. Make sure you provide the right contact information.

15. Follow up with the HR
Follow-up is usually helpful in cases where you are waitlisted. When the company is still on the verge of deciding on choosing between two or more candidates, your follow-ups can create a positive impact in changing their minds towards giving you priority over the other candidates.

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