Dos and Don’ts in a Job Interview

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Thumbs up, you got a job interview call!! But phooey, you are tensed. And the reason entails the fact that either the two party interactions bag you winning ticket to your dream job or knock off your chances of further follow up. 
 
The job interview trivia is pretty analogous to dating process. You fiddle through countless prospects in looking for a suitable fit. The process is many a time cumbersome, hectic and nerve wracking task including readiness, preparation and incessant practice. You fool around thinking about all the possible prospects with fingers crossed hoping for favorable outcome even if its chances are slim to none! 
 
Definitely, being a first timer desperado, you make sure that you leave no stone unturned in carving a niche for yourself but the golden rule is being your true self and staying honest as the very essence of an interview entails engagement and healthy interaction. It is meant to provide an equal footing to both the parties: interviewee and the recruiter to feel each other out. 
 
Thus, an intense engagement, attention is well worth the effort if you don’t wish to be left out with the slightest hint of regret. Unlike a skidding date, an awful interview could instantly eliminate your chances of a most sought after follow up and seriously hamper your progress at worst.
 
Below is a list of do’s and don’ts that should be taken care of while confronting a job interview. 
 
List of Do’s
 
1. Listen carefully
You are required to be attentive during conversation. However, an important point of mention includes one should not mingle between hearing and listening. While the hearing action could be applied to music; listening forges hearing, comprehending, analyzing, retention and production.
 
In addition, plan your reaction timing aptly as that might project you as outspoken and nonchalant individual.
 
2. Deliver facts
Always focus to sustain your composure and confidence during the course of an interview. Try not to fidget or giving abrupt responses. Interviews are scheduled for a very short notice, thus a word of caution would be to share facts that could be provided with proof that could be produced later on and that too, only when you are asked for. Furthermore, shared details should be relevant and congruent to the applied post. Do not state crap and unbecoming info to your recruiter.
 
3. Skill set
Portray yourself as an enthusiastic, goal oriented, confident and motivated individual. Tell him about your accomplishments, short term and long term goals, and prospective plans for future. Practicing good communication, etiquettes and several inter personal disciplines would certainly prove to be a great help in aggravating your chances of a success oriented job search. 
 
And now Don’ts
 
1. Behave professional
Make sure that you don’t come out as someone intriguing. Resort to your comfort zone and do not give vent to personal information until you are asked for. In addition, beware not to confess any weakness that might deter your chances and put you in bad light. 
 
2. Stop bickering
Never talk about your disappointments with your previous employer while giving optimistic replies. Do not call your ex employer jerk or the customers hard. Focus in terms of the place you wish to reach, not what you want to get away from. 
 
3. Salary pattern
You will be in big mess if you bring in salary issue at the first go. Never hog on to salary negotiations else it might cost you the job. 
 
Winding up, my general outlook on life is always giving your 100% to whatever lays in your way. Now you have the key to a victorious interview, you shouldn’t be amazed if the next question from your employer is,” when could you start next?”.  For the not so lucky freshers: there are plenty of job opportunities for freshers out there and trust me, you just need to give your best to grab that one for you.  
 
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Nisha Thakur is an employment and career adviser, helping freshers and students with their career management.

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This article was published on 2013/09/20