Job Interview Guide

Some Tips on How to Behave at the Interview

The primary purpose of a job interview is two-fold:

  • For the organization; To find out if your current knowledge, skills and attitudes fit into the requirements of the organization and the current job position that you are being interviewed for. Also they want to determine whether you fit into the organization culturally or not.
  • For You: It’s an opportunity for you to show-case your skills and knowledge about the job. This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. More importantly this is also a platform to find out if you would fit into the organization.

A systematic approach to interview is a key to success in any interview. This can be broken down into three distinct phases:

Before the interview – Researching and applying for positions:

  • Identify and shortlist the kind of jobs that will suit your current skills, knowledge and experience levels.
  • Identify and shortlist the kind of organizations that you would like to be working for in line with your current skills, knowledge and experience levels. A word of caution here – identify those organizations that are willing to consider you for their positions. For instance if you do not have a consistent achievement throughout your academic life – you may be automatically screened-out in certain organizations. Research these kind of issues and shortlist the organizations that will be willing to look at you.
  • Analyze the kind of positions that are available vis-à-vis yourself and identify points that make you a suitable person to for the job.
  • What strengths do you have that match the job position? Make a customized cover letter to the organization when you determine what you have to offer.
  • Customize your CV to fit the needs of the organization – remember one fit does not suit all.
  • Once you get invited for an interview make sure you have all the details for it – the date, the location, the position that you are being interviewed for and the time of the interview. If you are not clear, send out an email and get the clarifications. If you are not sure of the location, go scout it out a day before and identify the exact location. This will also prevent you from being late because you were looking for the location.

The interview itself:

  • This is the decisive, big day for you
  • Carry a copy of your CV and your credentials neatly in a folder
  • Reach the location of the interview at least 20 minutes before the decided time and present yourself at the reception after finishing all security clearance formalities if any
  • Introduce yourself to the receptionist and explain the purpose of your visit
  • When called in to the interview room, walk-in confidently, without fidgeting with your things, greet the interviewer(s), extend your hand for a warm hand shake. Make sure your hand shake is firm and warm
  • Answer all questions to the best of your ability
  • Remember – do not lie or “beat-around-the-bush”
  • You will be allowed to ask questions so try to make sure that they are good ones
  • Walk out when indicated to do so, remember to get the names of the interviewers

After the interview

  • Immediately after the interview remember to send thank you notes to all the interviewers by using their correct names and designations.

Some of these tips will definitely assist you getting the job that you are looking for.