With placement season coming up, the prospect of facing sullen faced interview panels has students absolutely terrified. Of all the steps in the recruitment process, the interview has the most importance and is the most challenging. Other steps such as written exams on verbal and aptitude skills give students the opportunity to think their answers through and present them in the best possible way. Interviews deprive students of this luxury. Students have to be immediate in their replies and convince the panel of their merits in the limited time given to them.
Yes, an interview is the kind of thing nightmares are made of, but there are certain ways to ensure this nightmare doesn’t end with you screaming!
- Pay attention to appearance: – You cannot walk into an interview room looking like Tom Hanks from Castaway and expect the panel to like you. Decisions in interviews are often made within the first minute. How you dress and groom yourself greatly influences the impression the panel forms of you. Leave spiking your hair and beard designs for your Instagram page. Walk in neatly dressed and preferably clean shaven. Convince the panel that you have taken an effort to make yourself presentable for this interview.
- Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses: – Several candidates oversell themselves in their resumes and this lands them in trouble. Introspect and identify your strengths and weaknesses, and be honest about them. Panels appreciate honesty, but do not be too honest and admit you know nothing! Keep your resume straight and clear, and express your willingness to work on your weaknesses.
- Choose areas of interest carefully: – Several panels ask students which topic they wish to be quizzed on. Remember this is not a bravery test and never try and choose a difficult topic just to impress the panel. Select a topic in which you are confident of your knowledge.
- Listen: – Several candidates make the mistake of walking into an interview like cricketers at award ceremonies, with generic speeches memorized. Once you walk into an interview, your concentration levels should be at their peak. Always listen to the panels’ questions carefully and answer accordingly. Spontaneity and the ability to think on your feet are greatly valued at companies.
- Make sure your body language is appropriate: – When you shake hands with your interviewer, ensure it is a firm one. Also pay attention to your posture and how you carry yourself. Make eye contact with your interviewer at all times during conversation, and give him the impression that he has your complete and undivided attention.