A job interview is a discussion between you (jobseeker) and the employer. Considering the tough competition of the job market, it becomes utmost essential to know the rules and conventions of interviews. You should be aware that what you need to do and what you need not. Knowing the essential interview tips and rules will help candidates have a successful interview and enhance their chances of landing jobs.
Listed below are some important interview rules, interview dos and interview don’ts. Have a look.
What to do-
As a smart interviewee, look bright and attentive and dress smartly for the interviewer. It is interesting to note that around 93% of the interviewer’s opinion is formed by how you look, how you behave and how you act.
If you do not want to be too early or too late for the interview, you need to locate the interview’s venue in advance. Find out about the interview location, how to get there and how much time it will take to reach there.
It is advisable to make your interview outfit ready the night before.
Try to know about the type of interview you are going to have. Find out whether it is a one-on-one interview or a panel interview. Prepare yourself in advance.
Before answering the interviewer’s question, understand the question completely. If you do not understand a question, request the interviewer to repeat it. Take your time before you answer.
Know how to market and sell yourself to the employer. You can not assume that the employer has the positive thinking about you. It is your responsibility to compel the interviewer to like you.
Since an interview is not a one way conversation, prepare in advance a set of intelligent questions to ask the interviewer when you are given the opportunity.
What not to do-
Don’t be too early or too late for a job interview.
During an interview remember not to use slang words or do not swear. To have a successful interview, you need to tell the truth and win the interviewers trust.
Don’t smoke, chew gum, or slouch in your seat.
Don’t get into a controversial topic such as religious issues, political issues etc.
Don’t be arrogant or disrespectful towards the employer. Don’t behave in a way as if you have got the job already.
Don’t talk bad or complain about your previous employers.
Don’t get into any kind of argument with the employer, no matter what. Always answer the questions with a lot of positivity.
Looking for more tips? Read: Interview Techniques & Tips