What all should one do before an interview?
- Research well about the company you have applied
- Be through with each and every point you mentioned in your resume
- Try to look for interviewer’s profile on LinkedIn - it helps you in understanding where your interview could lead to
- Most importantly , dress smart ,talk confidently , be honest and you will slay any interview
- Keep calm and focus on the listening skills (listening skills is best when you are not anxious or nervous). You don’t want to miss out the hints the interview is dropping or answer the question totally wrong by not understanding the context.
- Make sure NOT to cram every piece of info / syntax or formula, instead brush up on your strengths.
- Keep a short google document ready (which are your notes) and links to the blogs / sites you follow for quick reference. This you can open from mobile / anylaptop and have a quick revision while waiting for your turn.
Use the technique of 4Ks before an interview:
- Know Yourself- Your SWOT Analysis(Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats or Competition)
- Know your Resume- Each and every single word and the justification. Certifications don’t matter if you don’t know their application
- Know your Company and their SWOT.- You should be aware about the kind of work culture, team, benefits, projects they have worked on before and ask them what are their future plans
- Know your Job Profile- The biggest mistake candidates do is they never read the job profile they have applied for. If your present skillsets don’t match with the company’s requirements, there is 90% chance you won’t get selected.
Lastly, the most important point- Neither Overvalue nor Undervalue your worth and STOP treating an interview as an interrogation and the hiring managers as jailors. They are humans like me and you and they too have flaws just like any other human . Instead of Perfection try to be open and communicative and work on your mindset. It definitely does magic!
Totally agree with the advice of other coaches. Times have changed owing to the pandemic outbreak, and there is a new “normal” in place, owing to which the coming future might have a lot more “remote” interviews. And by design, the approach towards these might be slightly different.
Here are some additional pointers from my side for the same:
Ensure sufficient light for visibility over the webcam (preferably sit next to a window during the day, and a well-lit room during the evening) where noise levels are relatively low (so, essentially CLOSED windows and doors).
Use (noise-canceling) earphones if possible: Terrible speakers and distorted sounds can really break your rhythm during online interviews. A significant amount of time is wasted in “Sorry”, “Excuse me” and “Can you repeat that please?”. All this can be avoided usually by using a pair of good noise-canceling earphones.
Keep your webcam clean: Duh! This might seem the silliest one yet, but trust me; No recruiter wants to be talking to a hazy smudge on screen!
Keep a bottle of water and a notepad with a pen ready near you. You never know when you might need these during the interview.
Keep your laptop and mobile phone fully charged before the interview: Just in case there is an unprecedented power cut, and you need to re-join the call using your phone’s internet.
Do leave a LIKE if this helped you, and don’t forget to drop in a comment if there are any suggestions!!
These are some things which I learnt online, through friends, family and college.
- Be well prepared with your personal introduction.
- Do not start with your name if they already know your name.
- Be prepared with hobbies, long time and short time goals, strengths and weaknesses, your special interests and passion.
- Be prepared with why chose your particular branch to study.
- Try not to stammer, be confident.
- Do an ample amount of research about that particular company.
- When a question is asked, don’t take too much time and try to figure out the whole solution by yourself, tell the interviewer what you are thinking and understand what they expect, first.
- Be confident about your answer but don’t sound over confident.
- Don’t try to act too smart.
- When they ask if you have any questions for them, ask good meaningful questions about the company/their experience in the company, that will give a good impression about you and your passion towards the company.
- Don’t shake your legs, it might irritate the interviewer.
- When you are given a paper to figure out the solution and write a code, try to make it nice and presentable.
Hope this helps!
- Check the job role. A lot of the time there is a confusion and expectation mismatch regarding the tasks expected and skills required. This should be a must before you commit yourself to any place otherwise you will be stuck.
- Go through what the company does, check their website, understand their working. Check their clients / funding if a startup etc. Maybe send messages to their employees on linkedin if you want to know more or get some tips.
- In your interview try to put a message, that how your expertise / interest would align with the companies work.
- Make sure you are prepared to explain the projects you have worked upon clearly.
There are various things that must be kept in mind before appearing for an interview. Patience and confidence are two golden factors among them.
First of all , I would like to highlight some habits that I personally applied on my life and I believe that these can make a difference and take the candidate ahead some steps:
Praise yourself in your mind palace that you have researched everything about the company and left no stone unturned in preparing yourself for that day
Have a good smile on your face and enter the interview room
Listen carefully the question asked , clarify if any doubts and ask him before you are assuming anything to make problem much easier. He will feel happy to help you.