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How to Ace Your First Job Interview

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

By Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla

You might feel really nervous about your first job interview, and this is what happens to so many first-time job candidates. Heart racing and stomach- turning are some of the inconvenient and uncomfortable reactions the body faces at such times! But you needn’t worry, if the interview is not to be taken right now!

Why? Because the only the key to overcoming nervousness and to succeed is proper preparation. You need to seriously practice interviewing beforehand to stay calm at the actual interview. Here are some genuine tips you need to work on to succeed on the very first attempt

Before the Interview
You need to Research the Company well-

Find out how the company operates and get familiar with it. With literally cheap 4G connections, it has become a matter of seconds to find anything which has an online existence. You can ask questions on query section (as a customer or visitor) and check out the "About Us" and "Careers" section of the company website. The bigger the company the more you can find about it. For a small company, you have to review different pages of their website to get an idea of what company is about. Visit their social media pages to know their current focus.

Taking a few deep breaths before the interview begins:
While answering, you should try to sit very straight to keep your shoulders back. It will make you feel more confident. Prepare a few key points, beforehand, which you want to tell the interviewer. Don’t be silent for more than a few seconds when the interviewer asks for an answer. Instead, say- ‘’Allow me to recall...’’

Find out as much as you can about the job
Learn well about the job you’re applying for. Why are you the best person for this job? The interviewer can also ask you the reason. If you know someone who works in the company, you can ask him about the job and the interview process and make yourself familiar with the company culture. Knowing more about the job, is the key to answer the question, “Why you’d be the best fit for it?” at the time of the interview.

Rehearse interview answers
Go with an old but resourceful practice of rehearsing in front of a mirror. If you feel uncomfortable with it, you can practice ready-made answers with your family members or with a friend’s help, whosoever can help you in the best manner. As a result, you will be more comfortable with the process at the actual interview. By that, you can get some feedback on your answers.

Your CV for the first job:
Most of the job-seekers get confused as to what should be included and what to exclude from their first résumé which is the reason why most graduates get their first CVs wrong. Take care of the formatting and the length and most importantly, be honest about it. If you lie in your application or CV, sooner or later you will get caught in the interview. This can severely damage your chances of getting a job. Make sure the job application and your CV don’t contradict.

During the interview
Try to stay cool and collected.

Staying as calm as possible will help you focus on the interviewer.

  1. Make eye contact and avoid any distractions.
  2. Be confident in your skills and abilities while giving the interview. Look into his eyes.
  3. If you feel confused, don’t panic, pause for a while as if you are gathering your thoughts.
  4. Try telling them what you know about the company by incorporating it in your answers. This will ensure that they get an impression about the level of curiosity and interest you have for this job and the fact that you had done preparations beforehand.
  5. Never say you’re not excited about some other position or role offered. For a positive impression, you need to show excitement for the position at hand. You can put it this way, ‘I think I don’t fit well in it; may be later in my career in this company. I feel great pleasure in offering my best services in the role I think I’m best in.’ Who knows what actually is there in the interviewer’s mind!
  6. Be honest. If you have any serious shortcoming, it is better to discuss it diplomatically.
  7. Be flexible. The more flexibility you have in setting your work schedule, the more likely it is that you'll be getting the job.
  8. While listening, take notes for questions to ask at the end of the interview.
  9. Last but not the least, don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time.

What to do after your First Job Interview?
There are many interviewees who had a great job interview experience but lost to someone else just because they didn’t send a thank-you letter to the interviewer. In many cases, the recruiter or the hiring manager forgets all about the interviewees after their interview. Send a thank you note immediately after the interview to each person that interviewed you. And this is how you remind the company about how interested you are in the position.

In case you go for a phone interview:
Whether on phone or in person, focus on speaking to the interviewer.

  • Keep any answers you've prepared in front of you, but be natural in reading them out.
  • If something wasn't clear, ask again. Listen carefully and don’t interrupt.
  • A glass of water will keep your throat wet, as you may get nervous.
  • Keep standing throughout the interview, as it encourages natural assertiveness and confidence.

Note- Don’t forget to send a polite thank-you message after every phone interview with your contact number which they have.

Conclusion
Prepare well for the job you have applied for, the company and your skill sets. Answer all the questions in a natural tone. After all, the interviewer knows as well that this is your first job.

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