Interviews can sometimes make people nervous, as much as they bring happiness for being selected for one. Whether it is a job interview, or an interview for getting into an educational institute, a candidate is always apprehensive and anxious about what is going to happen next. However, one can’t let this anxiety and nervousness come across to the interviewer, as this can go against one’s image. So here are some simple and effective tips to prepare for an interview, so that you can be sure of the fact that it’ll go well.
Look and Feel Confident
Your impressions begins to set the moment you walk into the interview room. The interviewer will notice what you’re wearing, how well you carry yourself, the manner in which you sit and talk etc. Therefore, it is extremely important to look presentable and neat. Wear clothes that will fit your work profile, and make you look good. You also need to have control on your body language, and make sure that you don’t look too casual or clumsy. Moreover, you need to develop a mental state of confidence. You need to go with a positive approach, communicate effectively, listen properly to the interviewer, and answer properly as well. Make sure that you are not cutting the interviewer in the middle, and are speaking clearly with a good pace.
Seem Enthusiastic and Positive
You should do your homework before hand and read up on the institute or the company that you are going to for the interview. This will help you to relate more with the interviewer, when he/she is talking about their history, work ethics etc. Moreover, your homework will make it seem that you are genuinely interested in that organization, which is why you bothered to read up about it. And that definitely works as a plus point. When you feel there is some breathing space in the middle, enthusiastically ask questions about how things run in the organization. Make the interview interactive and interesting without letting the interviewer do all the questioning and you doing all the answering. The interest and curiosity should be on both the sides.
Focus on Relevant Skills and Talents
You may have various qualifications, skills and talents, but when applying for a job, you need to make sure that you focus on the relevant bits and tell those to the interviewer. It is all about selling yourself well, and making the interviewer know why he/she should choose you over the other candidates. Don’t get into unnecessary hobbies and interests, unless they compliment the job profile you are applying for, or are interesting enough to bring about a different dimension to your personality.
In the end, make sure that your face looks calm and confident. Don’t forget to thank the interviewer before leaving; and leave in a confident manner. A few days after the interview, do follow up with the organization. Even if they don’t want to hire you right now, your interest in the job will probably put you in their good books for a later opening in their company.