Sweaty palms, twitchy hands and a cracking voice, takes no genius to crack that a placement opportunity is nearing already. When I interact with students I am often asked what it takes to ace an interview. Confidence and a good sense of who you are and where do you want to see yourself some years down the line would sail you through. I do not have a guide for the same but now that I am at the recruiting end there sure are a few pointers that can be kept in mind before applying for a position.
1. Know the company you are interviewing for.
The biggest put off for any interviewer is when the candidate is not well researched about the company. In fact just knowing about the organisation is not enough, the candidate must be aware of the position being applied for. Knowledge about the competitors, how the organisation is different and then integrating this with how the aspirant would be beneficial for the company adds value to the candidature. It shows interest and the interviewer spots potential.
2. Energy and Passion.
Oprah Winfrey once said “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focussing on what excites you.” This is exactly what a recruiter looks for when he’s acquiring talent. A prospect’s ardour and spirit are key ingredients for a successful placement. This lets the recruiter understand the enthusiasm and creates a positive impact.
3. No Gibberish & Be Yourself.
I have often observed, when people go for an interview and are asked a question they don’t know the answer to, they often beat around the bush. In an interview setting, that’s a lethal mistake. It’s okay to admit that one does not know the right answer.
Interviewers do focus on how honest their respondents are. So, it’s always okay to say you don’t know. That way, more knowledge can be acquired on the subject. In dictum, one is at work for a long part of the day and it’s always easier to showcase the true self for sync is established better.
4. Know your Resume inside out.
When the candidates are unable to describe or talk about their own credentials, they tend to give a bad impression during an interview. In principle one must know his/her own CV thoroughly. It only speaks of the candidate’s goodwill and diligence.
5. An Interview is a two way process.
An interview must be a dialogue. It is vital to seek information, sometimes it’s not just about answering but also knowing. Interviews should be interactive as opposed to interviewee merely answering the questions. Feel free to ask questions, seek information, and talk about your apprehensions, if any. One’s confidence is reflected when the interview becomes a conversation. It is as important for the candidate to choose the right organization as it is for the recruiter to choose the right candidate.
A lot of times when we discuss such topics, it only raises more questions, you are always welcome to write to me at Rohan@pouringpounds.com, and I shall be happy to answer some of the queries. All the luck for your placements.
Rohan Bhargava is Co-Founder (CashKaro.com)