Saturday, June 11, 2011

Last minute tips before an interview

Enhance your interview skills with these last minutes tips to jet set your preparation for the scheduled interview. Read the points to ensure a positive interaction in the interview.

It is a normal to be a tad anxious if not nervous before appearing for any interview.  We tend to soak up all information about the company and the proposed KRA before going for an interview.  We do all we can to put ourselves in the best possible light. Some emerge as winners while some fail to win the recruiter in the game. Here are some last minute tips which can further assist you in preparing for an interview.

  • While customizing your answer. Everyone at a subconscious level try to mould themselves to the job they are being interviewed for. The answers and the resume get tailored according to the job profile. While it is good to customize them, remember to not give them an altogether a wrong picture of you. Doing it for a couple of hours is manageable but doing it for 40 hours in a week is hard and tiresome. Even if you do get the job, you will not be able to excel in it if uninterested.

  • Creating “the perfect answer”. Some interviewers throw questions such as ‘Mention your weak attributes’. Answering questions like these can be tricky. It is normally advised to point out a characteristic which can be beneficial to the company but not you. Do not go overboard but include some honesty in the answer for example you can say that you tend to go over all details even when it is unnecessary. Such a habit results in loss of time which can be used for something constructive. The reason behind the honesty factor is that it is better to give them a foresight of what you are than fix up wrong expectations.

  • Unclear time mentioned in resume. It is okay to mention that you were without a job or had taken a break in the resume. It is easy cover-up small time gap but if the break lasted for a year or more then it is best to come out clean to avoid embarrassment later.

  • Talking too much about the current employer. Mention about your present boss in clipped tones. Indicating too much of goodness or cribbing about him/her can mislead them. Do not venture into detailed conversations; rather focus on the job you are being interviewed for.

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