How to ace your first job interview

Congratulations! So, you have received the much-awaited call from your dream company. You have cleared the telephonic round and they have asked you to appear for a face-to-face (F2F) interview. As a result, you are nervous and excited at the same time. After all, it is your first time! But remember, the power lies within you to come out of your shell and face the world – first time is always special and you need to make this a memorable one, for sure.

Here are some tips that will help you to glide through smoothly on the most important day of your life.

  1. Research

Make sure you research well about the company before you appear for the job interview so you are familiar with how they operate. This shows that you are genuinely interested in the company. Moreover, by doing this, you’ll be more prepared to answer questions like, “Why do you want this position in our company?” or “How can you help us scale new heights?”

  1. Practice

Before your interview, go through some sample questions that companies typically ask freshers. Ask your friend or a family member to help you practice. The more you practice, the more confident you will be.

  1. Dress Appropriately

Your choice of attire can make or break your reputation in a professional environment. Hence, having a proper dressing sense always helps. It is best to wear formals while appearing for an interview – while women can wear neatly pleated sarees, descent salwar suits, or western formals, men can wear formal shirt and pants. This apart, wear comfortable shoes (but not flip-flops) and comb your hair well. By dressing well, you make yourself more presentable as a person. This helps the interviewer to form an opinion about you – a person who takes his job seriously and understands the culture of the company as well.

  1. Impeccable body language

Dressing appropriately remains incomplete if it is not matched with a perfect body language. A positive first impression is crucial for any interview. To make a memorable first impression, having an impeccable body language is mandatory – making eye contacts, speaking clearly with confidence, a firm handshake, and being a patient listener are just some of the qualities of a good candidate.

Remember you will never get a second chance to make a good first impression with your immaculate body language.

  1. Punctuality

Punctuality is equally important as it speaks volumes about your sense of time – imagine the impression you make when you arrive late in an interview. To avoid this, plan ahead and try to reach about 15 minutes early for the interview. This will help you to ‘settle down’ mentally before you face the interview board.

  1. Your Exit

Make a respectful exit after your interview is over – smile, shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, and thank him or her for the time spent with you. The idea is to end the interview as well as it began. William Shakespeare was right when he said, “All well that ends well.”

  1. Follow-Up

Last but not the least, send a thank you email to the interviewer after the interview. This will help him to remember you.

Performing well in an interview is crucial in getting a job. With the right combination of the 3Ps – patience, preparation, and practice, your first interview experience is bound to be a success.

All the best!

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