Clearing a job interview has always been challenging and makes it nerve-racking for candidates. After the pandemic, it has become even more difficult as companies have adopted to the new normal and the candidates are also expected to deal with the changes taking place in the office space. As most of the companies have adapted digital infrastructure, it is very common that the initial rounds or the complete interview process will be done online.
Whether it is an online or face-to-face interview, preparing for it in advance is important. There are a few important things that you need to consider to get through the interview successfully.
Learn about the organization
While having a strong resume and relevant experience are helpful, a nice understanding of the organization also make you stand out at the interview. Research is an important factor in clearing an interview successfully. Knowing about the organization and the skills they are looking for, will help you in understanding if you are right fit for the position or not. On the other hand, not knowing about the company can give a very wrong impression about you. It shows a lack of initiative and research from your side. Many interviewers ask their candidates that what they know about the company, thus it is important to do basic research and get an edge over other candidates.
Show your interest in the profile
There are multiple ways to show that a candidate is actually interested in the profile and the role offered. One effective way is to check the job description shared by the HR thoroughly and understand if the skills set matches with your skills and what is your proficiency in the same. By knowing these things you can also prepare well for the interview. Make sure you brush up your skills before the interview and have both basic and advanced understanding about them. You can also search the most common interview questions for the role and skills to ensure your preparations are going in the right direction.
Set your first impression
Whether it is an online interview or a face-to-face interview, a first impression is always helpful in making the mark. It starts the moment you enter the meet or the room for the interview. In case of virtual interviews, you must keep a few things in mind like there should be no background noise, the internet connection should be strong and there should be no other distractions. Also, make sure that there is no clutter in your background and your dressing is proper. At the time of interview make sure you answer questions confidently. If you are unsure about the answer of any particular question, then clearly say no instead of giving wrong answer, this will save both your and interviewer’s time.
Share more about your experience
One of the most common question of interviewers is “tell me something that is not mentioned in your CV.” This assists them in understanding whether you are good fit for the company or not. Other than making the interviewer know about competence, don’t forget to tell them about your soft skills and how you can adapt the company culture and work in a team as a great team member.
So, next time you have an interview, prepare well for it with all above mentioned tips and increase your chances of getting your dream job.