As much as Venturesity concerns itself with helping companies choose the right candidates, it is also about enabling candidates to chase their dream jobs and companies. However, we often notice that a lot of candidates undermine their own chances when it comes to landing that delicious opportunity at that awesome company. We’ve shared on what you are doing wrong during the application process. If you haven’t caught up on that post, you can do it right here. But today, we go a step further and tackle the problems that crop up during that all-important interview. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Your resume should paint a picture of professionalism. It is a snapshot of your entire work experience and you don’t want it to fall flat, or worse, become a laughing point at the HR office. Keep your resume crisp, to-the-point and free from confusion. More importantly, recheck your contacts and ensure that they too come across as professional. When you were 18, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com may have made a lot of sense but it doesn’t quite fit the bill when you are gunning for a job. Take those 10 minutes, and create a professional email id that is not embarrassing. It’s well worth it.
A matter of time
If you are looking for a job in any of the metros or two-tier cities in India, you should know that traffic and commute are problem areas. So, it’s up to you to factor that in and get to your interview on time. Waltzing in fashionably late is one way to destroy all your chances at the job and sour the interviewer’s mood. So, leave at least 15-30 minutes early and make an impression. If you cannot avoid being late, make sure you call your contact at the company and inform them that you will be late and apologise for it.
The number of people who arrive at an interview without a clue about the company they are applying to or the profile they are being considered for is truly astounding. This should be a no-brainer, really! How can you possibly convince an outfit that you want to work with them, when you have no idea what they do? Or how can you declare that you have the necessary skills for the job without a clue about the profile? Read up on the company and the profile you are interviewing for. Take a little time to prepare what you’d like to say, what you think the interviewer should know about you, and think about why you should get the job. When you are convinced, it will be way easier to convince the person sitting across you in the boardroom.
In a job interview, first impressions matter a lot. You are not going to have a lot of time to show the interviewer the amazing person you are on the inside, so you might as well take a chance on your outward appearance. Nobody is asking you to land up at the interview clad in designer wear. But don’t go in looking as if you’ve just rolled out of bed. Well-ironed, crisp, comfortable and simple clothes are what you should aim for.
Mind Your Language
Your interviewer can come in all shapes, sizes, ages and races, and no matter what, you need to accord them respect. There’s no excuse for addressing him/her with a ‘Yo!’ Or a “Bro!”. You say “How are you?”. Not “Whassup yo!”. Of course, no one is asking you to work yourself into a frenzy, by all means be relaxed and confident (interviewers love that). But remember that you aren’t there to socialize but to get a job.