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5 Tips For Nailing the Job Interview Round

Years of education and the day has finally arrived when you get a chance to show what you have really got. The significance of this day is exceptional in the lives of all of us—it is time to give your job interview.

An interview round is a more personal, albeit formal, interaction with the higher-ups in the organization you want a job in. It is tougher than a written examination because in this case, you face those under whom you will work. Those people will determine whether your personality, credentials, and knowledge fit perfectly to the needs of the job applied for.

It is your entire constitution which is evaluated in a short span of time, and you cannot afford to be reckless about how you present yourself and manage the situation. Hence, it is advised that you prepare for interview rounds as diligently as you would prepare for written assessments.

Just in case you are looking for a few tips on how to go about interview rounds, then you are in the right place. Here you will find a compilation of 5 tips which will help you crack the interview round and secure your dream job. Keep them in mind and you are more likely to succeed.

  1. Start Making Notes
    The period between the receipt of interview call letter and the actual interview round is usually short. This means you should start preparing forthwith.
    The first thing to do is to know the organization. For example, you applied for a company called ABC, which has now invited you for an interview. You must research about the company extensively and know its fundamental details such as history, current status in the market, the profile of its higher echelons, achievements, controversies (if any), employee feedback, and others.
    The idea is to have enough information to handle any type of questions. For instance, they might ask you what areas you think need immediate attention of the company. If you had researched nicely, you will surely be in a position to answer.
  2. Practice With Questions
    You do not have to wait for the actual Interview day to face questions. You should prepare possible questions and practice answering them.
    Many of the interview round questions are common and assess the personality of the interviewee. These questions include “why do you think we should hire you?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, etc. If there is a technical round, then prepare the questions which are most debated or popularly addressed in your field.
    Ask your friends to ask you questions, to grill you as an interviewer would—and this would help you strengthen your confidence.
  3. You Are Not Required To Know All Answers
    Many people think that failure to answer any question in an interview round means immediate rejection. This is a myth, and you should stop believing that right at once.
    Interviewers are there to test your confidence and composure during the round. They do not expect you to know everything under the sun; they expect you to know when to answer and when not to answer. Do not try answering a question if you do not have enough information. People on the panel have been interviewing candidates for a long time, and they can identify when someone is unnecessarily pushing his limits.
  4. Ask Questions
    If you thought an interview is a one-sided interaction wherein one side asks questions and the other side answers them, then you could not be more wrong.
    An Interview is actually an interactive session, but of course, it is not a chat. You might want to ask questions from the interviewers pertaining to the job profile, add remarks, or may be a well-placed humorous point. Do not interrupt the interviewers, and only when they are finished and that there is a room for questions and remarks, you may fill it up.
  5. Be Punctual and Nicely Dressed
    I do not think I need to tell this to you, but people often act carelessly. So, I will post this reminder for everyone.
    You need to be on time for your interview and dress appropriately. In the case of the former, it is advised that you reach the venue half an hour before the stipulated interview time. As far as the latter is concerned, do not reveal too much skin and wear formal outfits. Do not put on excessive make-up, and avoid experimenting too greatly with your hairstyle. Be smartly dressed.

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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